V: What's up everyone?
W: I don't know.
T: Yeah, me neither.
B: I'm tired. Can we go to bed?
W: We're close to a motel, just keep your eyes on the road.
V: So, this was not a bad start. Although, I've seen that in pretty much, almost every fanfic something like this happens, the villain doesn't survive. Well, not in our story he does!
N: Umm, guys. I'm pretty sure we're almost there.
Disclaimer: I own nothing. Dragon Ball Z belongs to Toei Animation and Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates belongs to Disney Junior.
Chapter 2: Getting To Know You
Gohan and Cell stared each other off. The two warriors were ready for a battle that would TRULY, decide it all. Electricity cracked through each of their golden sphere's.
"Alright, Cell. I'm ready when you are."
Cell had no response. He only chuckled. Gohan frowned deeper.
"You clearly don't get it, do you boy? You have no idea where you are, or how you even got here and the first thing you want to do is to start a fight with me? I'll never understand your race. You Saiyans are truly unpredictable." Cell chuckled.
Gohan absolutely despised Cell, and he had every right to do so as he growled lowly. The android mocked him, took away his father's life, took away innocent people's lives, and even tried to destroy the entire planet.
"Enough of this!" Gohan charged straight for the android, but he just dodged with ease, and sent a blow to his backside. The force was so incredible that Gohan had once again, was sent unconscious, losing his Super Saiyan 2 state.
Cell powered down as well. "I've decided to spare you for now, boy. I will be back for you again. I don't know when, but know this. While I'm gone, I'll be training. So you'd better not be slacking off, because once I'm done, I expect a good challenge from you."
Cell then flew away to who knows where as Gohan laid unconscious on the ground, with Peter Pan nearby, unconscious as well.
Then, the three kids and the fairy came running into th scene.
"What... in Never Land happened?" Wendy asked.
"Not sure, honestly." John admitted.
All the three kids and fairy did was stair at the pair of unconscious boys.
Peter didn't looked that bad, with some cuts on him. Gohan, was another story. He still had his purple gi which was torn up, he still had bruises on him, and there was still some blood running down from his forehead. Of course, Gohan was facing the floor, so they couldn't really see the half-breed's face all to well.
"You guys alright?" Jake asked as he landed with the rest of his crew.
"We're ship shape! Can't say the same for these two." John said.
Jake and his crew walked over to them. He then felt the two unconscious boy's pulses to see if they were still there.
"I think they're both gonna be okay." Jake said.
"Uhh.." Everyone turned to the half-breed. Gohan slowly started to open his eyes, as he looked around. He then remembered what happened. Cell had dodged his attack, and the next thing that happened was Gohan feeling a sharp pain in his neck. He got up slowly.
Then, what was in front of him was what looked like a big, red mansion. This was the home of Red Jessica, who lived in the island of Crimson Isle.
He didn't look back to see the group of kids standing behind him.
He knew they were there since he could sense them. He took a deep breath, and slowly levitated into the sky.
"Hey, wait a minute! Where are you going?" Jake asked frantically. Gohan only looked over his shoulder, giving a stare at the captain.
He said nothing. He then threw a senzu bean at them, and Jake caught it.
"When your friend wakes up, feed it to him. Then he'll be as good as new in no time." Then he turned around and flew back the way he came from.
But before he could get any further...
"WAIT!" He stopped immediately, and floated back down.
Izzy was the one who screamed out to Gohan, and the half-breed was curious as to why.
"Well, do you know what you're going to do now?"
Gohan thought long and hard about it.
"I'm probably going to be training. Since I don't have anywhere to stay, I might as well use what I've learned from before." Gohan replied, remembering how Piccolo left him alone for six months to prepare for Nappa and Vegeta's invasion years ago.
"Well, if you want, you're more than welcome to stay with us if you want." Jake added on.
Gohan was surprised. "Wow, you really mean it?"
"Sure. The more the merrier." Jake chuckled.
"Heheheheh. Alright, sure. I don't see why not." Gohan agreed.
Meanwhile, the healing hands of the young Namekian soon restored the warriors energy, though did nothing to ease the gaping hole in their hearts.
"They'll be back in no time," Krillin stated boldly, giving them a wry smile as they stood before the glowing Dragon Balls. "You'll see."
The Eternal Dragon came forth in a summon of words and a spectacular swirl of golden light and soon enough the great world eclipsing body of Shenron towered before the battle torn warriors, red eyes regarding them curiously.
"Amazing, unbelievable!" Yamcha said.
"I swear, for as long as I live, this will never get old!" Turn added.
"If you think that's impressive, you should've seen what it was like summoning Porunga on Namek." Krillin told them all.
"You have summoned me." Shenron growled. "Thus, as written, I can grant you two wishes within my power. Now, speak your first wish."
"Shenron, can you bring all the people that were killed by Cell back to life?" asked Krillin with hope in his eyes.
"Your wish has been granted." The dragon spoke as his eyes glowed red.
A swell of energy below The Lookout told them that all those lost on Earth had been restored, bubbling and buzzing with life on the planet below. Even Vegeta's son, Trunks rose up from the dead. However, their young friend was nowhere to be seen.
"This doesn't make any sense." Yamcha frowned. "Where are Goku and Gohan?"
"Goku has been wished back once before." Piccolo said wisely, though his eyes darted around him curiously, looking for his student.
"Though we could use the Namekian Dragon Balls to bring him back." Tien said.
"But why isn't Gohan here?" asked Krillin worriedly.
"Maybe because Gohan wasn't… killed… directly by Cell, and that's why it didn't work." said Trunks tentatively.
"So, what do you mean?" Krillin questioned.
"He died of his injuries." Trunks replied.
"Oh yeah, we might have to wish Gohan back separately then," Krillin said thoughtfully. "But what about Goku?"
"Hi everyone! What's the problem?" came a cheerful voice from above, causing their eyes to boggle.
"Kakarot?!" Vegeta growled disbelievingly. "Is that you?"
"Yeah, I just passed through the check-in station and King Kai told me that there's a problem, but he won't tell me what it is!" he whined almost childishly.
"Well, we don't know what to do Goku," said Yamcha, "We've only got one wish left and we're trying to decide who to use it on first."
"What do you mean?" asked the deceased warrior, "Just wish Dende to Namek and then he can summon Porunga, I don't mind waiting a little while. Though I can't wait to see Gohan and Chi-Chi again. You were amazing son, I'm so proud of you."
The occupants of The Lookout shared an aghast look, did he not know?
"Goku," Krillin said carefully, "I don't know how to tell you this, but Gohan… Gohan isn't with us."
A pause. "Huh? What are you on about Krillin?"
"Your son is dead Goku!" Piccolo snapped suddenly, causing all heads to turn towards him in shock, the Namekian was positively seething.
"W-what?!" Goku spluttered. "B-but he can't be!"
"Well you'd better start believing it Goku!" he snarled, "Gohan is dead, and it's all your fault!"
"No Piccolo you don't understand, Gohan CAN'T be dead." he explained hurriedly, his voice breaking at the revelation, "I've just passed through the check-in station and he wasn't there. Hell, I can still see the check-in station from where I'm standing and he's not there!"
"But that doesn't make any sense," Vegeta scoffed. "The brat disappeared before our very eyes."
"It is true." Shenron suddenly boomed from above, "The one named Gohan has not passed through the Check-In Station to Otherworld."
"W-what?" Yamcha's eyes widened.
"So he's not dead? Then wish him here!" Tien asked.
"The one named Gohan is alive. He is not within the realms of the dead. He is in a place that I have no control over. I cannot reach him there, nor can I bring him here. As you know, I cannot grant any wish that exceeds my power. Although I am familiar with the boy you know of as Gohan, I hold no insights as to his present location and where it is that he wanders now; where Gohan is gone... is information which only Gohan knows." The dragon explained.
"B-but what does that even mean?!" Krillin gaped, as the gang looked towards Shenron in bewilderment, "You're telling us that Gohan can't come back to Earth?"
"That is correct."
"Shenron. Please answer this. Given your current limits, where would you think Gohan would be right now?" Piccolo asked frantically.
Silence rained upon them, before the eternal dragon spoke once more.
"I do have a bit of information as to where he could possibly be. If I would guess, he would probably be on one of the many alternate realities across the cosmos."
"Other alternate realities?" Tien said, chancing a glance with Yamcha, who shrugged, equally confused.
"Yes, the 100 universes within the multiverse." Shenron boomed.
"Shenron, please, can you tell us more about those other universes?" Yamcha piped up. "It's very important that you tell us about all of this."
Shenron growled, as if he really hated having so much of his precious time disturbed, but he plowed forward regardless.
"Very well then. Across the cosmos, there are 100 universes that occupy a unique point throughout space and time." Shenron explained. "Each universe contains within itself an infinite number of possible parallel timelines and other what-if realities but in the end there are 100 universes that remain connected to one another. Each universe that adds up to 101 forms a twin universe, and the universe you're currently residing in would the fifty-sixth universe."
"Wow, I had no idea!" Krillin breathed.
"That's remarkable!" Trunks added on.
"Now, choose another wish."
"So what now? It's going to take forever to look for Gohan in 100 universes, including all of the planets in them!" Tien said.
"What good does that do us?" Piccolo said gruffly. "If he's gone to some other universe, and there are an infinite number of timelines in each universe, the odds are pretty good we'll never find him even if we had an eternity to spend trying to locate him... which we don't have."
"Not necessarily." Trunks offered simply. "If there are 100 different universes, then there has to be something that makes them different from each other, some kind of special subspace frequency or harmonic distortion, and if my mother can pinpoint that specific kind of a difference, then our chances of finding Gohan become a lot greater."
Piccolo grunted, staring out at the crystal-blue sky covered a bit by white clouds his mind working through everything Bulma's son had said.
"Krillin, wish Dende to Namek." Goku said in a stern yet troubled voice. "I'm coming home, and we're going to find my son."
Back in Never Land, it was dusk everyone was settling in. Gohan had agreed to stay at Pirate Island for the time being with Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully, and the Darlings went back to their home in London.
Peter Pan had actually taken the opportunity to stay with his favorite pirate crew to get to know the boy better.
Right now, Gohan was making himself and his friends some dinner. He had actually learned a few things from cooking from his mother, and maybe Bulma as well. But something was on his mind.
Jake did tell them the island they were on at the moment, but he never actually said the place in particular. And, for some reason, the biggest island looked a bit familiar to him. Like he had seen it in a book he read once when he was a very young boy.
He decided he would ask them later on.
Right now, in front of him was lots and lots of food. Most of it was for him. Because of his Saiyan appetites, he would have to eat a lot of food. But he made normal sized meals for the other four.
Gohan hadn't really got the chance to explore this place they call their home. But he was really impressed when they first came in. He saw how well they hid the entrance to the hideout as it was covered by trees when the entrance was closed.
Then, Gohan felt something behind him. He looked down and saw something brown and fuzzy attached to the back of him.
His tail grew back, to his surprise.
But he decided to just let it be and wrap it around his waist for the time being. He didn't want to be questioned so much during dinner time.
He saw all of the food he had prepared and decided that this was enough. He knew everyone else was waiting for dinner at another room since Gohan sensed them all there.
"Come on, is he done yet?" Peter complained.
"Have some patience Peter. I'm sure he'll be done anytime soon." Jake replied. Speaking of which, Gohan had just came in, with lots and lots of food. The four were astonished. There was everything. Rice balls, potato chips, sandwiches, salads, fruits, vegetables, plenty of things to go around.
"Yay hey no way! Look at all of this!" Izzy exclaimed, surprised by the amount of food Gohan had cooked.
"Gosh, I don't think I can eat all of this." Cubby claimed.
"Me two." Jake said.
"Me three." Peter added on.
"Oh, this is not all for you." Gohan replied sheepishly, with a blush creeping onto his cheeks. "It's for me."
"FOR YOU!?" They all shouted.
"Yep. I... sorta got a big appetite." Gohan chuckled nervously.
"You're kidding, right?" Peter asked.
"Nope, now dig in." A second later, Gohan immediately tore into his food with a speed and fervor that defied all logic as Peter and his friends only watched in astonishment.
"Wow, I've never seeen anyone eat this much before." Jake said, still shocked.
"Well, ghom on, guysh, ghaff shome of it!" Gohan urged through a mouthful of chow. "It's good!"
After chuckling nervously, Peter, Jake, Izzy and Cubby dug in, but not eating as much and as fast as Gohan of course.
Skully just helped himself to some crackers.
A minute later, Izzy had something in her mind.
"Hey, Gohan? Is it alright if I ask you some things?"
Gohan stopped eating and looked at the girl.
"I was wondering... how were you able to fly back there without pixie dust?"
Gohan really didn't wanna give away the fact that he was part alien, but...
"Hang on, is that... a tail?" Peter said.
Gohan had just now realized his new grown tail was roaming around freely, much to his horror.
Everyone was pretty scared, since they had no idea what Gohan actually was.
The half breed now knew he had to fess up and tell them everything.
"Yes. You're not seeing things. This is an actual tail."
"But... how did you get it? No human has ever had a tail before." Jake said.
"Wait, who ever said I was human?" Gohan immediately covered his mouth after realizing what he had just said.
Everyone was now shaking in their boots. Even Jake was.
"Aw, coconuts. You're not here to destroy us, aren't you?" Cubby asked shaking.
"Of course not! Don't worry, I'm not here to hurt you."
The four human children both breathed a huge heartfelt sigh of relief.
"Whew, that's good to know," Izzy muttered.
"Yeah, no kidding." Peter agreed.
Gohan now knew he had to confess.
"Alright. I guess there's no other way around this. I'm actually half human."
They were now confused. How could someone be half human?
"Wait, you're half human?" Skully asked. Gohan simply nodded.
"Well, what do you have on where you come from?"
"Well, where I come from, there are human beings, but also talking animals, demons, aliens, and all sorts of creatures, like you." Gohan told them. Skully specifically. "I'm half-human, half-Saiyan; I inherited this tail from my dad."
"So, your mother is a human, while your father is an alien?" Izzy asked.
"That's right. My father is part of an extremely powerful warrior race called the Saiyans."
"Wow. I didn't think aliens really existed." Peter said.
"Yeah, us too." Jake replied. "Can you tell us more?"
Aw man. How can I tell them the Saiyans were a bunch of cold-blooded murderers? Gohan thought in his mind.
"Yeah. That's a great idea! Since you're staying with us, it's only proper we get to know more about you." Izzy said. Gohan took a deep breath.
"Aw, come on, Gohan!" Jake prompted encouragingly. "How bad can it be?"
"You wouldn't be saying that if you knew..." Gohan muttered.
"Oh, you don't have to worry, Gohan," Cubby promised. "Whatever you tell us, we'll do our best to understand."
"Yeah!" Peter said. "We're just curious, that's all."
Gohan sighed. "I guess there's no avoiding it. Okay, I'll tell you everything. But listen, this is very hard for me to say, even though I'm not like this, but I'll tell you." The kids were confused.
"The Saiyans were the ultimate warrior race in my home reality." Gohan explained. "From the day that they were born, they were bred to be incredibly powerful warriors. The one element which tied them all together was their desire to fight. It was like another sense to them. Because their home planet was ten times the size of Earth, their planet had ten times gravity, which was one of the secrets to their powers."
"Wow. Ten times the normal gravity? That's crazy!" Jake said.
"Yeah. If the gravity was ten times stronger, then I wouldn't be able to fly." Skully said.
"That sounds really intense." Cubby said.
"Yeah, the Saiyans thrived in combat against stronger adversaries," Gohan went on. "The first species they conquered were the Tuffles, a neighboring species on the Planet Vegeta. But with the Tuf fles gone, the Saiyans no longer had enemies to fight, so they struck a deal with the Arcosians on a nearby world; Arcosian engineers would provide the Saiyans with all their technological needs, in exchange for services as hired thugs to conquer worlds the Arcosians had set their eyes on."
The crew was a bit confused. "Do you think you can explain that to us in another way?" Peter asked.
"Oh, sure. You see, the Saiyans are sort of like.. planet brokers. They scour space for planets that would bring a high price on the galactic market. Once they find them, they send warriors there to exterminate all life on the planet and make them ready for sale."
The pirate crew gasped as their eyes widened.
"Wait. If what you're saying is true, then these Saiyans are nothing but a bunch of ruthless space pirates!" Jake exclaimed.
"Yes... they were; the Saiyans were one of the most feared races in the entire universe because of that and whenever the Saiyans found a planet worth conquering they would send a team of warriors there to conquer it, but for planets with little resistance, they'd send one of their babies instead, believing even the weaklings among their race could handle whatever dangers they would face."
Peter, Jake, Izzy and Cubby gasped at that revelation.
"No way!" Jake said angrily. "That can't true!"
"Yes, I know exactly how you feel, but I'm afraid it's really true, Jake. At the height of their reign of conquest, the Saiyans were responsible for sending thousands of infants into space alone."
"Of all the things these Saiyans have done, how could they send little babies off into space alone? How could they do something so... so... so heartless?" Izzy said, with a tear flowing down her face.
"Believe me or not, it's true. But unlike human babies here on Earth, the Saiyan babies are more than capable of looking after Saiyans weren't concerned with the welfare of their own kind, only profit." Gohan clarified. "But, if it's any consolation, the Saiyans were also wiped out soon after starting their genocidal campaigns."
And now, the crew were more interested in Gohan's story.
"Please, tell us more. What happened?" Peter asked.
"At the time that the Saiyans were destroyed, they were serving an intergalactic warlord by the name of Frieza." Gohan said. "He was the strongest being from my home reality. Even now the memory of him haunts me. He feared the Saiyans because of what they could do. With every planet they conquered they were getting stronger and stronger, and united, they could have presented a challenge to Frieza's authority as the supreme ruler of the galaxy, and he couldn't let that happen."
"So what did he do with them?" Skully pressed, now captivated by Gohan's story, like the others.
"Frieza hadn't earned his reputation by being kind." Gohan said. "He was the most ruthless, evil being in the universe, and any dissent was met with harsh retribution; the Saiyans were no exception and when they looked like they were becoming stronger than him, he wiped out the Planet Vegeta with just a flick of his finger. One flick, and the most feared warrior race in the entire universe was reduced to a memory."
"How terrible!" Jake protested hotly. "He destroyed the entire planet? Men, women, and children? Even the animals? Everything?"
"Yes." Gohan said. "Frieza had been growing more worried about the legend of the Super Saiyan, and he was afraid of what would happen if a new Super Saiyan were to arise. It was a threat to Frieza's powers, and just like that, the threat was eliminated."
"Man, what a total jerk!" Izzy stated disgustedly. "I never knew such evil even existed. It makes me sick to my stomach."
Gohan nodded once in Izzy's direction and then resumed his story.
"My father had been among the last infants that had been sent on a purging mission to Earth." Gohan continued.
"My great-grandpa came across Dad alone in the woods and took him in, but due to the advancing brainwashing techniques, he was a wild and uncontrollable baby. One day, when Grandpa Gohan was traveling in the woods, Dad fell in a deep canyon and hit himself pretty badly."
The others gasped.
"Was he okay?" Izzy asked, sounding worried.
Gohan nodded. "For a while, it looked like he wasn't even going to recover, but he did, and from that point on, my dad completely forgot the brainwashing the Saiyans had programmed in his head and he became a happy, peaceful man."
"Well, then, it sounds like a good thing your father hit his head!" Peter commented. Jake looked at Peter disappointed.
"That's not very nice, Peter." He said.
"Actually, it's true," Gohan confirmed. "Without that brainwashing, my father, Goku, became the Earth's greatest hero and defender."
"Wow, really?" Cubby asked amazed.
"You bet." Gohan smiled nostalgically. "My father was the kindest, most decent man you could meet, you know? Strong... sweet... loyal..."
Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Peter were surprised at how teary-eyed Gohan now seemed to be.
"Um, Gohan, is something wrong?" Izzy asked, sounding worried.
"You look kinda stressed out." Peter noticed.
"Yeah... it's just that... well, my dad... he's..."
"Oh." Peter understood. "I'm... so sorry." Jake and the others finally got it as well. "Yeah, we had no idea." Jake said.
"It's alright. I know my dad is smiling at me from above."
There was silence between them for a few seconds.
"Wait. Now that I think about it, aren't you pirates too?" Gohan asked.
"Oh. Yeah, but we're not bad. Believe us, we're good pirates who always try to help." Izzy assured.
"Don't worry, they're telling the truth." Peter said.
"That's good to hear. I'm not like those Saiyans either."
Peter looked outside to see the sun had fallen completely.
"Well, guys, guess it's time to go to sleep." Peter said.
"Guess so." But where do I sleep?" Gohan asked.
"You can sleep with us if you want." Jake said. "Thanks. But I mean like, which bed do I go on?"
"Oh. Well, if you want, you can sleep next to me." Jake offered.
"Are you sure I won't be a bother? I'd hate to impose."
"No, it's alright. I don't mind." Gohan was thankful for that. "Oh, by the way, I never actually got the name of this place in general."
"Oh, yeah. You're right."
"So, where am I?" Gohan asked Jake.
"Well, you're in Never Land. The happiest place you could be."
B: Yep, we're ending it here. We wrote plenty.
V: Hell yeah.
W: So, next chapter, you'll see just how Gohan reacts to Jake's response as to where he's at. So anyway, that's all. So be sure to reply, and we'll see y'all next time.