Author's Notes- Hey guys! It's been exactly three months since I've last updated. But this chapter I think will be worth the wait. As it turns out, this will be the last real chapter in the story, because now I'm going to be writing a sequel. There are a lot of surprises in this one, so enjoy!

I don't own any of the characters or anything, except for my OC's.

Cut: Super Saiyan

Chapter 13- Cut vs. Cell Full Fight!

I had been wondering what all those warriors were doing here when I heard a loud crash. I looked up and saw people screaming and running away from what had apparently just landed in the middle of the dance floor. The music stopped abruptly. A few larger men were running towards the commotion. I guessed they were the security. As I took a closer look at what landed on the floor, I realized what, or rather who, it was: Lapis. People were already freaking out, so there was no more use being subtle. I jumped slash flew down there to pull him up.

"Lapis, what happened?" I ask, helping him up.

"Look out!" He shouted, and I turned just in time to avoid being stabbed with a large needle attached to… a tail? What?! As I looked back at the spot I had just jumped from, I saw a hideous, green monster preparing to attack again. I acted quickly and kicked the monster away. For some reason, all of those energies that I thought were Krillin, Vegeta, and others were coming from him.

I looked around. Many people were screaming and running from the monster, but the place wasn't completely evacuated yet. We couldn't really fight him here. I turned to Lapis.

"Listen, we need to get out of here for now, maybe come back and fight him. Our clothes aren't meant for battle and they'll be destroyed in seconds if we fight in them. We need to go change." I told him.

"No, I want to kill him!" Lapis rebelled, charging and punching the monster further away.

"What are you doing? We need to go!" I shouted.

"You don't get it, Cut. He killed Rose!" Lapis yelled.

"Rose?" I said, confused. Of course, the woman he was talking to.

"Yes. She… she knew who I was, but she was willing to forgive me! I had found her. I had found my mate, but then that ugly overgrown cockroach killed her!"

My heart broke for Lapis. It really did. He finally found someone who would accept him, only to have it all snatched away by… whatever this thing was.

"We can make him pay, but we need to change clothes. And his power level is even higher than mines, so we might need to get Trunks. We have to go." I said in what was supposed to be a calming voice.

By this time, the monster was coming at us again. I punched it away and flew out of the venue, Lapis reluctantly following. Capsule Corporation was on our way back, so maybe we could stop there and get Trunks first. But as I looked back, the monster was right on top of us. If it followed me back there, it could potentially get Bulma. I fired a blast volley at the creature, but he was barely phased.

"Accept it, Seventeen. You and Eighteen will become a part of me. Once I absorb you, we shall become the ultimate being!"

"This thing's after you and her?" I asked Lapis as we flew.

"I guess so." He answered.

The creature lunged at us again, but was knocked away. Nomu had come to help us.

"Cut, I sensed your energy rising and thought it odd. Is everything alright?" He asked.

"Not really. We're being attacked by… I'm not sure what. But it's after Lapis and Lazuli. It has killed at least one of the inhabitants here and possibly more. It needs to be stopped." I informed him.

"But its power is higher than even yours at your maximum." Nomu pointed out.

"Yea, we'll need to see if we can get Trunks. Lapis and I will head back to Capsule Corporation to get Trunks. Can you just hold that creature off long enough so he can't follow us?" I asked Nomu.

"Yes. But please hurry." Nomu said, powering up and taking a fighting stance. The creature was coming.

"Thanks. Please be careful, we'll be back to help if you need it as soon as possible." I said as I turned around.

"I barely know you, but thanks. Again." Lapis called to Nomu as we flew towards Capsule Corporation.

We flew as fast as we could to Trunks' home. Once we landed in front, we pounded on the front door furiously. After a while, the speaker's communication system activated and Bulma's voice came through on it.

"What's the big idea?! Can't you wait a minute?" Her irate voice demanded.

"We've got a situation, Bulma. Where's Trunks?" I said.

"Cut? I thought you were at the event with Seventeen." She said, surprised.

"We were, but a strange creature attacked it." I told her. I heard a sigh. A few seconds later, the door opened and Bulma motioned to us to come inside. We did.

"As I said, a strange creature attacked us at the event. Apparently it attacked Lapis first. Get this, I could sense multiple power levels coming from it, and I recognized two of them as Prince Vegeta and a warrior I met in the past named Krillin." I explained.

"Oh no. It's Cell." Bulma said in a worried tone.

"Cell?" I asked.

"Trunks told me about running into this creature in the past." She explained.

"Speaking of Trunks, where is he?" Lapis spoke up.

"He's still at the galaxy tournament in the past." Bulma said.

"Oh yeah, that." I muttered.

"Cell is bio-android created by Dr. Gero. He wants to destroy the planet, if not the universe. If he gets Androids Seventeen and Eighteen, he'll become too powerful for even Trunks to defeat." She explained to us. I thought when I was in the past, Krillin said something about saving the Eighteen of his time from some monster. I guess this explains that. "In the past, he became 'perfect', and he killed both Trunks and Goku."

"So that's why Kakarot was dead there, too?" I asked.

"Yeah. Trunks got wished back to life, but Goku didn't want to." She told us.

"Okay, so it sounds like we need to defeat him before he gets the other androids and becomes too strong." I stated. "But Trunks isn't back yet."

"Cut, you're the strongest one here since Trunks is gone." She said pleadingly.

"I'll do it." I told her. "We need to get home and change, and then I'll fight him with everything I have. Lapis, the thing is after you, so stay with Nomu and me. We need strength in numbers right now."

Without really saying goodbye, Lapis and I quickly departed from Capsule Corporation and flew towards their quarters.

"Cut!" I heard Nomu's voice. I turned to see him flying towards me. "I am sorry, but the creature got away."

"He could be heading for Lazuli then. I don't know how he'd know where she is, but if he does find her, we need to be there to stop him." I said.

"Are you sure it is wise to fight him?" Nomu asked.

"Trunks is still at that tournament, so I don't have a choice. I really don't want to let anyone else down." I told him.

"Cut, you have let no one down yet-"

"Yea, I did. I let Farsei die, I let Gohan die. I want to make a difference for once!" I exclaimed.

Nomu's eyes widened, and he took a step back. "Cut, I do not mean to intrude, but through our mind link I saw a flash of a painful memory. Would you like to discuss it?"

What I was just thinking about was something I hadn't thought about in a long time, even when hearing about Nomu defeating Cooler. And it was something I never told anyone. But Nomu was someone I trusted.

"Do you ever wonder how I got away from Cooler the day he killed my parents?" I asked him.

[Flashback]

I flew away as fast as I could, but Cooler stayed on top of me. Both of my parents had just been murdered in front of my eyes, eyes which now had tears flowing freely from them. I wanted to stay alive so I could avenge them, but a blast forced me to dodge to the right, after which Cooler cornered me. I was so scared, I didn't know what to do.

"Leave my brother alone!" I heard a voice shout. Cooler was suddenly knocked away.

"Scallio, he killed mom and dad!" I shouted frantically to my rescuer, who was my older brother Scallio.

"I know. And he's going to pay for that." Scallio said, powering up. His power was no match for Cooler's.

"You are too weak to do anything to me. Accept your fate, filthy Saiyans!" Cooler spat.

"Don't fight him!" I called out.

"Spinak, get out of here. I'll hold him off while you escape." Scallio turned around and told me.

"But what about you?" I sobbed. He gave me a reassuring look.

"I'll be okay. You just get out of here." He told me. I nodded and went to a space pod, got in it, and took off.

I never saw my brother again after that.

[End Flashback]

"I was so scared that day that it was easy to convince myself that he would somehow live through his encounter. I realized later how foolish that was, but it was too late. He probably got killed." I finished explaining.

"It was not your fault." Nomu attempted.

"The reason I've never told anyone about him before was that there could have been more people like Cooler out there who want to kill the remaining Saiyans. There are so few of us, and I wanted to make sure no one like that came after my brother. But I know you're not like that."

I took a moment to think about what I just told him. Surely he was safe to tell, and plus he already had a hint of it.

"So yeah, it looks like it's up to me to stop this crazy monster, but I can't do it like this. We need to change clothes." I told Nomu. "Can you come with us just in case he tries something while we're changing?

"Yes, I will." Nomu answered. We took off towards the living quarters again.

"What am I going to wear? I don't have any clothes besides this and the ones I usually wear. They're strong enough to take a few hits, but then everyone will know who I am when they see me and I won't be able to blend in anymore." Lapis complained.

"Maybe just wear the white shirt and not the black one on top." I offered.

"I guess I don't have any better ideas." He conceded.

We touched down in front of their living quarters. I quickly made my way to the door and opened it, going to my room to change back into my armor. Lazuli noticed us coming back and came up to us.

"You're back this soon? Where's the girl you were supposed to bring home?" She playfully asked her brother.

"We actually have trouble. Can you-" He started to answer, but was cut off by the sound of the front door being blown off.

"What was that?" She asked.

"A monster who's after you and your brother. We need to quickly change and then I'll take care of him. We need him away from the civilians." I said quickly.

"I will try to drive him away." Nomu said, heading towards the entrance.

I quickly ducked into my room and changed as fast as I could into my usual outfit and armor. Lapis also changed into his usual attire, minus his black top shirt, in his own room. I slipped on my shoes and gauntlets and raced to the entrance to find both Nomu and Lazuli fighting with Cell. I surprised him with a punch that sent him flying back outside.

But we didn't stop there. Nomu and I used the same 'driving away' method to drive him to a place away from the city. It was a mountainous area. Lapis and Lazuli followed us. I would have told them to stay away if I had thought about it.

"I have no idea who you two are, but I can already tell you hold incredible power." The monster known as Cell said once we stopped.

"I can say the same to you. I take it this is your full power?" I said to him. He took a moment and powered up. It seemed that he was indeed showing his full power. "Listen, I can't let you get either of the androids."

"I'm afraid that's not up to you. I need to absorb them to obtain perfection. And if you get in my way, I'll have to destroy you." He said.

I powered up to Super Saiyan and decided to go full power from the start. This battle was different than the others I had so far.

"Nomu, you stay and make sure he doesn't get those two. I'll fight him alone." I told Nomu.

"Are you sure? He seems dangerous." My friend voiced his concern.

"He is dangerous, but I don't think he knows how to suppress his power much. He's only a little stronger than me right now. I can do this." I said with confidence.

"Ah, you seem quite sure of yourself." Cell commented.

"To be honest, this is the kind of battle I've been waiting for. I need to win, but I'm looking forward to this fight. So what are we waiting for?" I finished.

With that, I rushed forward and threw a punch which he blocked. He quickly retaliated with a punch of his own, but I blocked it. We each threw a flurry of punches and kicks at each other, but they were all blocked.

Cell's power level was slightly higher than mines, but I knew I could still defeat him. I shot a small flurry of ki blasts at him, and rushed him while he was deflecting them. I landed a punch on the creature, and with that led into a combo. I threw about five or six more punches, and then alternated by jumping up and using one of my feet to kick him. Before he fully recovered from that, I hit him with a strong punch that sent him backwards. I chased him down and hit him again. When I reached him a second time, I used both fists to pummel him before sending him flying one more time. As he was still flying backwards, I fired a full power energy wave which landed a direct hit on the creature.

I had used a decent bit of energy doing that, but I still had a lot more. I silently got a little bit of what I used up back as Cell recovered from the assault.

"A fairly decent effort, I suppose. But it will not be sufficient." Cell said.

He rushed at me. I tried to punch him, but he landed a blow on me first, starting his own combo. I felt his fist in my face and chest as he landed blow after blow on me. Eventually his tail whipped me and knocked me back. I barely saw him put his hands together in a weird fashion.

"Kamehameha!"

Just as I managed to recover, I saw an energy wave coming at me. I couldn't avoid it. The blast crashed into me, sending me hurling to the ground. I vaguely remembered coming across some information that said Kakarot had used that move.

I got to my feet, having much more fight left in me and rose into the air. He suddenly phased in front of me and used his tail in sort of a stabbing motion. I dodged desperately, as I did not know what would happen if it got me, but he kept trying it. Tired of using my energy for that, I managed to grab his tail and slam him into the ground with it. As soon as I let him go, he jumped back a few feet, doing sort of a midair somersault in the process.

I fired a blast volley at him, but he dodged all the blasts and reached me. He hit me once, but I predicted his next move. I countered and hit him, then leaned back and used both my feet to kick him into the air. I then phased above him and slammed him down with my hands folded together.

I landed back onto the ground across from where he once again got to his feet. So far I was doing pretty good not using too much of my energy. Cell snickered and then… something happened.

At first I thought my vision was blurring. But only Cell seemed to be appearing double. Soon enough, there were three clones of Cell standing beside the original. In other words, there appeared to be four Cells. But how?

They all rushed at me. At first, I figured that three of them were illusions and only one was the real one. But I felt each one of them punching and kicking me once they had me surrounded. I swung my arms wildly, but that didn't seem to be helping me at all. Eventually, I used an explosive wave to blow them all off of me, after which I took to the sky and the Cells gave chase. I fired a blast volley toward the pack, and two of them were hit. The other two reached me and I began a physical exchange with them. Surprisingly, I was doing well against them. I had landed several hits on the two and was about to knock them away when a third one came and broke my combo. After that I began losing. I eventually started to block all of the attacks from the three when I saw the fourth one coming. But something grabbed it and tossed it away. One of the Cells near me was also grabbed away. I used energy waves in each hand to simultaneously fire at the remaining two. I looked down to see Nomu standing near the two downed Cells.

"It appeared that you needed assistance." He informed me.

"Yeah, I guess." I replied. To be honest, I had wanted to fight Cell one on one. But I was indeed struggling, thanks to his duplication technique. "Each one is weak, so just don't let them surround you."

Two Cells came at each of us. I was handling my two just fine, but I could see Nomu struggling. I'd help him as soon as I was done with mine. I was blocking their attacks and trying to find an opening when I heard her voice.

"Eat this, ugly!" Lazuli suddenly kicked one of them away. As I blocked the other's attacks with one hand, I could see Lapis helping Nomu out too. Now we each had one to deal with.

I quickly attacked the Cell in front of me with a barrage of punches. My last one knocked him to the ground and he was slow on getting up. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the other Cells also beaten on the ground. I started to charge an energy wave to finish mines off when they all suddenly slid back into one form. Cell had abandoned his strategy, seeing how it was no longer working.

"Nomu, I need you guys to keep attacking him." I said. They all complied and attacked Cell at once.

There was an old finishing move I used to have, but it required me to focus my energy. I had to get my ki control just right for this. I hadn't practiced the move since I became a Super Saiyan, so it would take me a while to get my ki control right. But once I did, the attack was sure to be devastating.

I placed my open hands out in front of me, close together so that my thumbs were crossing, and summoned my power. I would use most of my remaining energy for this. If it failed, I'd have a little bit left to defend myself, but that's it. But I was confident that this move wouldn't fail. Once I summoned all the energy I would use, I focused really hard to concentrate it all into a tiny ball of ki. The energy was hard to keep like that. It threatened to spill out, but after a minute or so, I managed to get a stable hold on it. I then carefully turned both my body and the energy ball to face Cell, keeping the exact same posture and the energy ball in the same angle in front of my hands, like my body and the energy ball were some kind of statue. Once I had the energy aligned perfectly with Cell's body (no pun intended), I called out to the others to get clear.

"Hey guys, I need you to get away from him!" I called.

The androids didn't seem to hear me, but Nomu ushered the two of them away. I guess he knew because of the mind link. I saw all three of them jump out of the way, leaving Cell wide open for my attack.

"Shining Explosion!" I cried.

The energy ball expanded into a small energy wave, about the size of a Death Beam. The energy wave shot out and contacted Cell's midsection, pushing him back. I quickly transferred all of the energy to the exact spot where it touched Cell. After that, I let it all go.

The entire area was engulfed in a huge ki explosion, almost like a bomb had gone off. This was what I called the Shining Explosion, my secret finishing move. I hadn't been sure how effective it would be, but seeing and feeling it tearing Cell apart, I knew it was a force to be reckoned with.

"It's… incredible." I heard Nomu say.

The androids looked on with wide eyes, their hair being blown back by the explosion. As the light faded, I descended to the ground and fell to my knees, letting my Super Saiyan form drop. I was exhausted. After I got a minute to rest, I'd check and see if Cell was still alive or not. But for now, I needed to stay put. I felt two hands on my shoulders.

"Are you okay?" A voice asked. I looked behind me to see Lazuli. I gave her a faint smile.

"Yeah. Just a bit exhausted from doing that move." I wanted to say more, but I couldn't.

Her hands came around me and she wrapped me in a hug from behind. I just relished it. We stayed like that for a while. I eventually spoke again.

"Thanks for helping me out back there. You did great. You all did." I praised her. I shrugged her off and stood up. "Let's make sure he's down for good."

"I think he's down for good." Lapis responded.

I had started to walk to the huge crater which had been created in the terrain, but I stopped at his response. He was already there. I took to the sky and flew over to him to get a look at what he was seeing.

I saw Cell lying on the ground. Well, part of him, anyway. His legs and lower half were missing. They seemed to have been blown clean off. It was a gruesome, but welcome sight.

"Alright, I think I took care of him." I announced.

"With my help, of course." Lazuli said, walking up behind me.

"Our help." Lapis corrected her.

"Oh come on. All you did was-" Lazuli started to argue with her brother, but stopped at a sharp movement on the ground which also caught my eye.

Cell was still moving. His hands twitched at first. Then, his arms moved, almost as if he was trying to sit up. I watched in fascinated horror as the monster started to hover in the air, turning himself upright. He started grunting, with his fists balled up. I wasn't sure what he was doing. Then, it happened.

He sprouted new legs. He was completely fine.

"He… he has the ability to regenerate, the one only a Namek should have!" Nomu exclaimed in surprise.

Shoot. I had already used most of my energy in that attack. It was supposed to kill him! I hadn't really thought about what I could do with the energy I saved though. Escape? Maybe, but then he could easily get Lapis and Lazuli and become a stronger being than I could ever hope to become. I was sure that, had another attack simply disintegrated him while he was still without legs, that would have killed him. But I didn't know that he could regenerate, and there was no way I could pull off another attack like that. Maybe if both androids and Nomu all fire their energy at once…

"That was an interesting attack." Cell stated. "But it wasn't enough to put me down."

Maybe if Nomu kept him distracted, I could somehow get a senzu bean. But I had no idea where Gohan had gotten them from. I dropped to my knees, filled with despair.

"No..." I muttered. I didn't know what to do.

"Get up! You look pathetic." I heard Lazuli's harsh voice. But I couldn't get up. I couldn't stop asking myself how we were supposed to win.

But I suddenly felt her hands physically pull me to my feet. She glared at me.

"If we want to beat this thing, we have to fight." She said firmly.

I nodded and turned to Cell. Once she stepped away from me a bit, I went back into my Super Saiyan form. As I prepared to fight, Nomu and Lapis joined us. The four of us were going to attack him all at once, giving it everything we had.

Nomu fired a ki blast at the creature, which hit. I immediately followed, rushing in to deliver a physical assault. But we ended up in another rapid exchange with neither of us getting the upper hand. Lapis came to attack him from behind during that. He got a few hits in, but eventually Cell whipped him away with his tail. Nomu and Lazuli came up on either side of him, but he jumped back and released a shock-wave that sent all of us to the ground.

"At last, the time has come to attain my perfect form." Cell drawled out.

But a ki blast halted any plans he had of making good on that. None of us had thrown it, as it had come from the opposite direction from where we were.

"Your plans of reaching perfection are over, Cell!"

I looked over to where the voice was with a feeling of relief. Sure enough, Trunks stood there, in his Super Saiyan form, ready to defeat Cell. His hair was longer, he didn't have his sword, and his jacket had the sleeves cut off. But otherwise, he looked the same as before. He flew over to us.

"Are you guys okay? I came as soon as I got back and heard that Cell was on the loose." He said to us.

"We are still alive for now. But this monster is very powerful." Nomu answered him.

"Still, he wasn't as tough as you were, Trunks. I'm pretty confident that you can take care of him." I said.

"I can. His complete form would give us a lot of trouble, but as he is right now, he's no match for me. So I need you and Nomu to protect the androids. I'll take care of Cell." He instructed.

"Alright, will do." I responded.

We watched as Trunks did battle with Cell. It was obvious that Trunks was stronger, as Cell couldn't even hit him. Also, Trunks power level was much higher than Cell's. Soon this crisis would be over. I felt a hand on my shoulder.

"You were ready to give up, weren't you?" Lazuli asked me.

"I didn't want to give up, it's just… I didn't know what to do." I replied.

"You can't do that." She said. "Even if you don't think you can win, you have to go down fighting. You're a tough kid. You can always get through it, I know you can. Don't let me see you do that again, understand?"

"Yes." I replied. "But, I was trying to think of a plan-"

"That seems more like your friend's job. He's not as strong as you. He'd have to rely on strategy, not you."

"But sometimes strategy is necessary. That's the reason you're so much harder to beat than Lapis. You try to fight smart, and he doesn't."

"Hm?" It seemed she didn't know how to respond to that.

"You know, with Nomu's strategy, my strength, and your mix of both, I bet we'd make a pretty good team. Lapis wouldn't be too bad to team up with, but he would need to hone his skills somewhere." I told her.

I turned my attention back to the battle, where Cell was highly damaged and cursing Trunks.

"No! No! This can't be!" The monster exclaimed in anguish.

"It's over, Cell!" Trunks said with an air of finality. A low, malicious laughter could be heard coming from Cell. "What's so funny?"

"If I can't have my perfection, no one gets out of here alive. RAAAAAGGGGHHHH!" Suddenly Cell seemed to power up, and he turned from green to red.

"W-what's going on? What are you doing?" Trunks demanded.

"In three minutes, I will self destruct and be gone forever. But I'm taking you and the entire planet with me!"

"What?" Trunks exclaimed.

Oh no. I thought we had won, but if we didn't do something fast, we were all going to die.

"Quick, we must get to the ship and escape the planet. We can revive it with the Namekian dragon balls when we get a chance!" Nomu told us.

"Three minutes. It'll take us longer than that just to get to the ship. We'd never escape in time." I told him truthfully.

"No, how could I let this happen? I should have been able to beat him!" Trunks lamented on his hands and knees. I ran up to him.

"Trunks, is your time machine nearby? Maybe we can throw him into it and send him to an empty space or something!" I said frantically.

"It's at my house. There's no time to get it." He replied solemnly.

Once again, I tried to come up with something, but I had no idea what we could do. It was hopeless-

"METEOR CHARGE!" I suddenly heard Lapis shout, flying towards Cell.

"What are you doing?" Lazuli yelled to her brother worriedly.

"Lapis, wait!" I shouted, flying after him. Even as he reached Cell and pushed him into the sky, I stayed with him. He had been serious about practicing that move, and it seemed that now he was ready to use it. "Don't do it! You'll die!"

"I know. But thanks to you, I don't have to die a murderer. I can die doing something good for once because you saved me from Trunks. Thank you for that. Thank you for accepting me and trying to help me, even when I was trying to get rid of you. My sister couldn't have picked a better person to be with. Take care of her for me, okay?"

I didn't get to answer as they ascended into orbit and I could no longer follow. I helplessly sunk back to the ground and collapsed to my knees again. I looked to the sky, waiting for the explosion. It didn't take long before I saw the sky light up with a beautiful and terrible shine. I felt Cell's ki disappear. He was gone. But I knew he wasn't the only one.

"Goodbye, Lapis. You were much more than the 'jealous brother' I mistook you for. You really are a true hero."

Author's Notes- So that's the end of chapter 13. In the three months I didn't update this fic, I was coming up with about five or six sagas for this series. As such, giving Cut a brother was part of that unplanned stuff. I hope it didn't seem cheap. I don't know if I'll get around to writing all of them, but I'm definitely writing the next one. So as I said, there's a sequel coming, so I won't be doing the extra chapters I originally planned because the sequel will cover them. There's an epilogue that I'm putting up at the same time as this chapter, so no need to wait. Reviews are appreciated.

Next Time: It's the end of an epic journey. But where one journey ends, another always begins.