Flesh vs Metal
"Crap!" Armen thought, slicing a tree clean in half. "I don't sense any powerful Ki!" He sliced another tree into firewood, and lit it on fire with a small Ki blast. Unlike most day's, he was not in his super Saiyan form. He sheathed his sword, and proceeded to place a huge fish over the fire. "Well I might as well eat."
The sound of a rocket taking off was in the distance.
Through the afternoon sky, a sole figure was making its way through the clouds like a jumbo jet, maneuvering nimbly and gracefully like an adult eagle. The speed, however, wasn't that of an airline plane, but that of a jet, speeding through the clouds and leaving an invisible aura behind.
To anyone else, it might as well have been a jet.
Strangely enough, it was not. Unless, jets have gray hair, have a humanoid figure, and wear monk-like clothing in these days.
Armen, meanwhile, had finished eating his fish and through the bones back into the ocean and took to the sky.
"I might as well look for someone to fight." He muttered and flew off.
Out of the corner of his eye, the figure saw something erupt from the forest canopy and take off. Out of surprise, he stopped himself, hovering in mid-air. His eyes squinted, as he folded his arms across his chest, not missing a beat as he eyed the movements of another, possibly another fighting force.
Could it be another android?
Armenspotted something as well, a bit of gray.
"What was that?" he thought. "And why couldn't I feel it's Ki?"
He stopped as well to look at who he passed up.
The figure looked closely. Whatever he had saw had probably noticed his presence. His eyes glowed a slight red, and his vision turned to that of the scanner process. In his eyes, a white outline encircled his mysterious confronter, and numbers came in his line of vision.
Scanning....Unknown target. Not of designated mission objective.
Oh, well. Whoever he was, he wasn't Goku.
With that, he turned and headed in the same direction that he was going in.
"What the..?" Armen thought furiously. "He's gonna ignore me?!?!?" He raced after the mysterious figure. "Get back here!"
The man Armen was chasing after couldn't help put pass a slight glare behind him. Normally, he would've been glad to just sit and chat with him. But this situation was far from normal, clearly.
Instead of heeding his pursuer, the man took an abrupt dive downwards, straight into the maze of a mountain range.
"I'll show him." Armen thought as his hair stood up on end and gained a reddish tint and his irises dissapeared.. A golden aura surrounded him and he picked up speed. "I just wanna talk!" Ahatake called after him. "For the moment."
His response was an abrupt stop, and a fast descent towards the ground. He backflipped in the air once, before expertly landing on his feet. He raised his head towards the now-imbued boy, eyebrow raised. "Talk, huh?" He murmured, a faint frown crossing his face. "Funny, considering how you and I are strangers to each other."
Armen's hair returned to normal, as did his eyes and power level. The aura also dissapeared. "Yes, but I want to know, why can't I sense your Ki?"
A smirk creeped across the man's face. "That's a stupid question." He replied, putting his hands in his makeshift pockets.
"Not really." Armen replied. "You look human."
His smirk seemed to hold a bit of amusement in it, complimenting his lazy-eyed expression. "And so do you." He countered. "What's your point?"
Armen's tail whipped around him. "I'm not human I'm a Saiyan." Armen replied. "But are you human?"
Immediately, the man's smug expression turned to one of surprise, as he saw the monkey-like tail. He had overlooked that. Careful not to express it, his mind was now in thought.
Should he lie and say he was human? If so, he would somehow have to explain the masking of the ki signature from him, which was hard to do in his case. But if he told the truth, this Saiyan might assume he would be a threat, and he was not in a fighting mood. Not yet, anyway.
He decided to take a gamble. "Why, yes I am." He replied calmly.
"Then why can't I sense your Chi?" Armen asked. "Even if you're masking it, I should still be able to feel a weak chi."
"Maybe your senses just aren't up to par with today's standards." The man suggested, using a hand side wave in order to emphasize his point.
"I'm pretty sure they are." Armen replied, shooting down a bird wing butterfly that was behind him.
"Is that so?" The man couldn't help but lower his head, smiling again. "All right, then..." He raised his hand again in mock surrender. "You got me. I'm not human."
"So then what are you?"
Armen's eyes widened. "An android. I've never seen one before. So that's why I can't sense your chi. You're mechanical."
He pressed a button on his Scouter. "The scouter can't read your power either."
"I really have to thank my creator for that. It makes stealth a whole lot easier when your enemies can't sense your power." The man said coolly, folding his arms across his chest.
The man blinked. "Of course. Androids always have something that creates them, as you have something that creates yourself."
"Who is your Creator? The mad Scientist Dr. Gero?"
The android huffed. "You sure like to ask a lot of questions about me." He said cryptically.
"I'm a very busy man, so if you don't mind...." With that, the android slowly began to lift off of the ground. "I'll be on my way."
He turned his attention away from the Saiyan towards the sky, now focused on his internal objective once again.
"Wait." Ahatake said. "Since we're both here how about a quick spar?"
Immediately, the android stopped in its tracks once again, as if considering it. Other than the mission Gero had given him, there was really not much to do around here. It wouldn't hurt, right?
"You're lucky you caught me on a bored day." He muttered, lowering his head to stare down at him. "Otherwise, I would've said no." He once again descended towards the dirt grounds, touching down.
"Alright!" Armen cried, jumping up and down. "I've been bored all day. I'm Armen by the way, but I prefer Ahatake. What's your name?"
"My real name is Seathrun." The man replied. "But you can call me Seth."
"Alright Seth." Ahatake replied. His hair resumed it's reddish-tint, his eyes once again became pupil-less, and a golden aura surrounded him. "Let's begin."
"Heh." Seth smiled, as he raised himself into a fighting stance. "Well, Ok."
The aura flared around Ahatake, as he stared at Seth though soulless eyes. "This is how I always start off." He replied opening his mouth wide and fired a Chou Makouhou at Seth.
All Seth did was wait, as the beam came ever so closer. Then, with an outstretched hand, he swung his palm to the side, smacking the mouth beam away like a stray beach ball.
"Damn." Ahatake thought. "Wait I know." He ran at Seth and aimed a punch at his abdomen.
In turn, his opponent balled up the opposite fist, lowering it for a moment. Then, when Ahatake had come to the desired range, he swung it forward, allowing the offending punch to connect with his gut, while his own fist plunged straight into Ahatake's.
To a normal human being, those single blows alone would've been enough to kill. Seth waited for a moment, standing still as Ahatake's fist had caused him to kneel slightly. Then he looked up at the back of Ahatake's head, and smiled as he heard the sounds of gasping.
"What the hell?" Ahatake thought, having been winded. "He's strong. But those blows should have burned him." Ahatake jumped up and shot an energy blast at Seth.
This time, the man raised his leg up, striking the blast with a high kick to return directly to its owner. He shifted his leg back to his former position as quickly as he raised it, folding his arms across his chest and looking up to watch.
But Ahatake caught it a crushed it. He landed on the ground and returned to normal form.
"I can see False Super Saiyan isn't strong enough to combat you." Ahatake said. "I'm getting excited, I didn't think I'd have a chance to use this!"
Immediately Ahatake's hair stood upright, but changed to gold this time, his tail changed to gold, and his eyes to blue as a golden aura surrounded him. "Now I get serious." He shot a pink beam of Chi at Seth.
"Heh!" This time, Seth dodged, leaping and smacking the ball underneath and behind him. Where it had went, he didn't care, for he was now rushing his enemy, aiming the side of his clenched fist straight for Ahatake's face.
But Ahatake jumped up and appeared over Seth. He cupped his hands at his side. "Stop me if you've heard this one before. KAMEHAMEHA!" He cried, sedning a mass of blue Chi at Seth.
"Hm?" Seth turned to raise his hand towards the impending swirl of blue mass approaching him with unnerving speed. But he did not waver, his own palm charging up an orb of energy of his own. It glowed a bright green.
"Photon Flash." He stated, and the beam escaped his palm, colliding with the Kamehameha attack with intense pressure.
"What the hell?" Ahatake thought. He added more Chi increasing the beams size. "You won't win."
"Is that what you think?" Seth asked, putting more energy into his own attack. THe crackles of electricity against the beams as they struggled against one another signalled that it had been successful.
Ahatake beam began to move back towards him along with Seth's. "Aw shit!" He thought as both beams collided with him, sending him hurtling towards a rock formation, with four heads.
Seth couldn't help but chuckle at Ahatake's misfortune. "Well... I think I just gave George Washington a haircut." He said flauntingly, putting his hands hands in his pockets once more.
Ahatake emerged from the rubble, his jacket completely ruined. "Oh I'm gonna kill you." Ahatake growled. "I paid GOOD money for that jacket." He charged at the android and aimed a punch at his face.
I just blasted him through a mountain, and he's worried about his JACKET? What a bother...
But he didn't say anything, and merely caught the fist that was aimed towards him. Then, he followed up with a knee to his gut in order to force him off balance. With his free fist, he struck Ahatake in the jaw, releasing the offending punch at the same time in order to knock him back.
But Ahatake retaliated with four energy rings, aiming to bind Seth's arms and legs into the mountain.
That had definitely caught the android off-guard. In fact, he was too surprised to do much of anything, as the rings hit their designated targets, pinning him to the rocky wall. A chinging noise singaled the rings were in place, and he knew he was, for the moment, immobilized.
Ahatake appeared in front of Seth. "Heh heh. This is so good it just has to be fattening. KA....ME.....HA...ME....HAAAA!" He fired a large Kamehameha at Seth from point blank range.
Immediately, Seth focused his energy around him, forming the desired barrier to protect him from damage. The light of the attack enveloped him completely from view, but that confident smile was still so clear on his face.
All around him, the mountain was also enveloped in the blaze, disintegrating in its wake. The ground seemed to shake violently, as if fearing the power behind it alone. It seemed as if these Saiyans had seemed to wield the very power that rivaled even God.
No, maybe he was exagerrating on that. But it was definitely showing that it wasn't any normal power.
"Dammit." Ahatake thought. "I blew the mountain away..." Ahatake's hands glew with red chi and he sent a bullet of energy at Seth.
The android's speed was put to the test.
He ran into a zigzag pattern, easily avoiding the straight-lined beam aimed towards his person. Then, he raised his finger, shooting a green-hued lazer straight at his opponent.
"Heh.." Ahatake thought dodging it. He unsheathed his blade. "It's go time!" He sent a massive Chi crescent at Seth.
"A bit of advice."
This time, he vanished, the crescent missing him. A second later, his leg plowed straight into the side of Ahatake's neck with another loud banging noise.
"Try to be a little more direct. Keep using long-range attacks like that and you'll just wear yourself out." With the blow delivered, he quickly flipped back, landing elegantly on his feet.
"I hate close-range fighting." Ahatake replied. "And don't worry about me I have two transformations left." He sent a small bolt of chi at Seth.
"Though I doubt I'll use the third one."
Seth merely tilted his head to the side, allowing the beam to pass harmlessly.
"Damn." Ahatake grumbled. "You leave me no choice." He clenched his fists. "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!" His power level rose has his hair got spiker, his muscle mass increased slightly, and even his tail lengthened. Lightning crackled around his aura. "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!" Steam and dust hurled around him as rock floated through the air, and the ground shook.
"Super Saiyan 2." Ahatake breathed. "You should feel honored. It's rare anyone has ever pushed me this far."
"So you're finally in the mood to get serious?" Seth asked, putting his hands on his hips. Even if he didn't show it, it was obvious this... second level... had indeed made him stronger. "Because I've been taking it easy on you."
Ahatake's eyes narrowed. "I see. Well I'm still holding back remember that." He sent a small Chi bolt imbued with lightning at Seth. It was faster than normal and seemed to tear the ground as it went.
Seth folded his arms behind his back, as he practically danced sideways, dodging the lightning bolt again. He chuckled a little, putting the knuckles of his fists on the side of his hips.
But Ahatake had acted, and his knee connected with Seth's neck. "When a Saiyan transforms, our ferocity increases." He said, punching him in the jaw while he was still stunned.
Both out of shock and pain, Seth immediately turned around from Ahatake and fell back on his knees. It wasn't that extreme pain that came through his body, nor it was the surprise of the move that Ahatake had used.
The blow actually hurt this time.
Immediately, he pushed himself back on his feet, bracing himself once again. "Hm!"
Ahatake immediately kicked Seth in the abdomen and it was so fast he didn't notice, and followed up with a kick to the chin, the finished by elbowing Seth in the back.
"NNGH!" The android immediately fell back towards the ground, barely catching himself on his hands. Acting quickly, he pulled himself up to a hand stand, raising the back of his legs to slam straight into Ahatake's face with severe force. As Ahatake flew back, Seth himself was allowed to flip back on his feet.
Ahatake grinned. "It's about damn time! Finally, I'm getting excited!" He placed two finger's to his head and teleported behind Seth, and punched him in the back, then teleported in front to strike him in the gut.
Letting out a yell, Seth dodged the second blow, grabbing Ahatake's face with the palm of his hand. Then, with a motion that would put even the world championship wrestler to shame, he brung the clasped hand downward, smashing his opponent's face into the ground. A crater erupted around them, deepening with the force.
"Aw shit!" Ahatake thought as he collided with the ground, and his face hit what felt like marble.
With a grunt, Seth quickly got up, grabbing onto Ahatake's leg and twisting himself around. This resulted in him spinning around his now ragdoll-induced opponent several times, before he finally let go, releasing him to fly far away.
Ahatake went flying through the air, his whole body numb, not even noticing he passed a sign that said, "Gamble in Las Vegas." He collided with hard a mountain. "Dammit! Super Saiyan 2 isn't enough..."
Seth held an arrogant grin that was worthy of that of the Saiyans, as he flew up into the sky, grabbing one wrist and pointing the hand towards where the man had flown. "Now, then..." He said. "It's your turn to be my bitch, Ahatake!"
Another Photon Flash began to charge into his hands, to deliver what seemed like the final blow to end the sparring match. He felt the power course through him, as the green sphere charged to its peak...
But Ahatake suddenly regain feeling in his body. "I am a SAIYAN!" He cried sending a massive blast of Chi to distract Seth. "I'm going to end this now! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The Earth began to tremble, and electricity crackled around Ahatake as his power shot through the roof. His hair grew spiker and lengthened he lost his eyebrows, his eyes gained pupils, and his tail lengthened as well. His muscle mass increased yet again as glass from cities around the world began to crack, announcer's on the TV called it an "earthquake" and told everyone to take cover. Clouds darkened and lightning crackled in the air. "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!" Ocean water's trembled and at last Ahatake finished his power having increased dramatically.
"Sorry that took so long, but I haven't much practice with this one. This is what I call a Super Saiyan 3."
A Super Saiyan....3?
That caught Seth's immediate attention, as he drew the energy back into himself, the sphere fading from his hands. Even if he couldn't sense ki energy himself properly, he could feel the intense aura Ahatake was now giving off, as it picked at his artificial skin. Idly, he wondered if even the sky itself had shaken.
"You evolved from level 2 pretty quick." He murmured, his hands dropping to his sides.
Ahatake didn't reply. He couldn't maintain this form for long and was in no mood to eat a Senzu. He moved very quickly, and landed 15 successful blows to Seth's stomach, then an additional 10 to his back, and finished up with a bolt of Ki from his finger's sending Seth quite a ways back.
"Fu--" Seth cursed, before he slammed into the ground intensely, causing another explosion to erupt through the ground. Now he was in trouble.
Ahatake grabbed Seth by the head and swung him into a nearby hill, wasting no time in following him, hit him with a bombardment of chi blasts. Then he sent a massive wave a Chi from his sword at the android.
It raced through his mind, even as the wave of energy came straight towards him. For a moment, his thoughts were blank, focused only into one clouded memory. It was the word Dr. Gero used to commonly describe him as. When he was getting crushed by the intense gravity of his training room, no one came to help, but only spared him that single word. And it was from the man he so despised, so desperately hated....
And now, he was showing his worthlessness again, to this... primate. Seth gritted his teeth in anger, as he glared down the approaching wave. He would not be tossed aside like he did before!
"RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" He let out a fearsome scream, as an aura of power and wind began to erupt from his body, stopping and dispersing the beam in its tracks. His hair was forced to rise up, as if he was freefalling. It was like a miniature tornado, only going outwards.
"Like this will do anything." Ahatake laughed.
Seth now looked on with a grim and angered expression, the scowl clear on his face. "Find me amusing, huh...?" He snarled. Immediately, the makeshift tornado dispelled, and he took off, straight at his opponent like a torpedo.
Ahatake was gone in an instant and reappeared behind Seth, kicking him in the back, narrowly missing his spine. Then he grabbed Seth's arm and swung him around, and then let go, with Seth hurtling into a giant redwood tree.
"Yes I find you very funny." Ahatake said. "The "mighty" Frieza would have feared me in this form."
The android was sent painfully back into the tree, the force snapping the redwood like a brittle stick. With a cracking moan, it fell over, plummeting into the ground with a shockwave-producing force. But it wasn't enough to keep Seth from getting back up. He closed his eyes and smirked.
Then, he did something that he didn't even expect himself to do. He laughed.
"Oh, wait...." His eyes re-opened to look over his opponent. "You're trying to play with my head, aren't you? Making me believe that you're stronger.... when it's you who's wearing down!"
Ahatake charged at Seth with surprising speed and his fist connected with Seth's chin, then he kicked Seth up into the air, teleported above him, and whacked him hard into the ground. The he fired a mass of Continuous Chi Blasts at Seth.
"It's true this form wears me down, but I still have 5 minutes left, and I'm going to enjoy it."
Seth looked up to see the massive rain come down upon him. But he wouldn't give it a chance to hit him. Not this time.
With his own inhuman speed, he vanished like the wind, while the blasts connected with the marble ground, illuminating the dirt of the beauty of annihilation.
"Oh very smart." Ahatake thought. "He's gonna stall, and wait for my five minutes to wear off. Then it'll take me awhile before I can resume this form again! And I can't even feel his Chi so I can't find him."
Ahatake raised his hand to the air and fired a barrage of Chi bullet's everywhere, hoping to flush Seth out. Little did he know he was quickly losing time...
"Tell me, is your arrogance compensation for something?"
Seth's voice rang out beside him.
It was shortly after that a knee slammed into Ahatake's back, followed by a two-fist blow to the top of the head to knock him into the ground. It was the sound of a fallen jet, as he watched his opponent descend rapidly.
But Ahatake caught himself and teleported in front of Seth, blasting his with a quick Chi blast from the front. He then bound Seth to the ground with energy rings. Ahatake cupped his hands at his side.
"KA....ME....HA....ME... huh?" Suddenly Ahatake felt his power decreasing as he returned to normal form. As such the Energy Rings power decreased as well. "Aw shit!"
A sneer came across Seth's face, as he ripped himself free once more, standing gloriously on his feet once again. Then, with unhindered speed, he flew to deliver the final blows.
He wasn't going to get the chance to power up again.
"Aw shit." Ahatake said again, as he felt a punch connect with his jaw, sending him far.
Immediately, Seth pursued after him, closing the gap between them once more. Clenching his fists, he unleashed a haven of blows upon Ahatake's upper torso and face, attacks that would certainly have torn any normal human in half. As he punched and swung, his opponent jerked and stumbled, as the attacks rained down mercilessly.
Blod spurted from Ahatake as, even while under attack, he tried to turn Super Saiyan. But he just didn't have the Chi. "I have one option left."
With a seemingly final attack, Seth plunged the back of his hand into the abdomen, winding his target. Then, he followed up with a spin kick to the back of the neck, smashing the Saiyan straight into the ground.
As Ahatake collided with the ground , he slowly reached into his pocket, so slowly that Seth wouldn't notice, and pulled out half a Senzu. "Crap." He thought. "This is all that's left." The rest had turned to powder in his pocket after being beaten. "This'll still work." He ate the Senzu bean, and felt a rush of power and energy after his wounds healed themselves. He stood up.
"I bet you thought that was it!" Ahatake said staring at Seth. "But now I'm back and stronger than before."
What he saw wasn't the confident look of a human. He was staring straight into the cold eyes of...seemingly another person. Merciless, emotionless, and ready to kill. All trace of humanity had vanished from his person, replaced with a callous aura. He didn't even respond this time, but merely touched down on the hardened ground, the tornado aura flaring around his person once again.
"I don't have enough Chi for Super Saiyan 3," Ahatake thought. "But My Super Saiyan 2 should be a bit close to Super Saiyan 3 now."
And with that lightning surrounded him as his hair stood upright, his power power rose, muscle mass increased, tail turned gold, and eyes blue.
"This is it!" The Saiyan cried. "Let's go again!"
In response, Seth cracked his neck from side to side, preparing himself.
"Fire a Chi blast!" Ahatake said. "The biggest one you."
Should he heed his opponent's words? If this battle were to progress even more, eventually Ahatake would die of exhaustion and too much exertion. Clearly, he was becoming ever-so-desperate.
"Are you just saying that because you're running out of options?" He asked coolly.
"I wanna end this." Ahatake said. "Fire one!"
"I'll take that as a yes." Once again, the man raised his hand out in front of him, another Photon Flash forming in his palm. It crackled and glowed with an intense green, ready to fire.
Ahatake unsheathed his sword. "This is it."
Without any further waiting, the energy ball was fired straight at his opponent like a missile.
Ahatake took his sword and flung it at the massive ball of Chi. The blast merged with the blade and a small circular space enveloped them as the blade spun like an out of control firework.
Seth continued to push the attack, although confused at the sudden action. What is he up to now?
"Your attack no longer belongs to you." Ahatake said. "This is my Chi Roulette."
Immediately, he stopped, his palm stopping the glowing effects. But his attack kept on progressing, acting on its own accord. "So we're playing a game of Roulette, huh?" He asked, narrowing his eyes at the spinning and energy-imbued blade.
"That's right." Ahatake said, as a small box enveloped them both. "The attack can stop one of four places. 1) The sky, 2) The ground, 3)Me, 4)you. This space around us assures we can't escape. Better hope you get lucky."
"I knew you were desperate..." Seth muttered, placing his arms in front of him in a ki block. "But I didn't know you would risk yourself to beat me."
Ahatake ignored this. He knew if it hit him he might die.
The sword continued to spin, the chi crackling with electricity whenever the it pointed at Ahatake. It began to slow.
"Here it comes."
Seth's eyes narrowed, and he braced himself. In the split second it came, he could produce another Android Barrier to shield himself from major damage.
The sword stopped with a ping and Ahatake sighed with relief at where it was pointing. The blast immediately shot towards teh sky breaking through the space they were in at the same time. Ahatake grabbed his sword. "You got lucky."
Seth folded his arms in a relaxed manner. "So much for ending it." He said coyly. "But I think it's time to stop the games, don't you?" He dropped his arms to his sides once more.
"Fine." Ahatake said sheathing his sword. "One last energy blast ends it all." He cupped his hands at his side. "Unless the great android has any objections?"
"I suppose not." Seth was a bit disappointed that the fight couldn't go on any further. But his face held no objection, as he raised his palm again, charging up another Photon Flash. The crackling once again came to his ears, ready to fire once again.
A mass of blue Chi was charging in Ahatake's hands. "KA....ME.....HA...ME..."
The Photon Flash escaped his palm once more, heading straight into the direction of his opponent.
"HAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!" Ahatake fired his Super Kamehameha at the oncoming attack and they met, teh attacks pushing against one another. "I will win."
"Don't count on it." Seth said vehemently, the heat blasting his artifical skin. His air flew back. "My energy supply is unlimited, while you're still wearing down. You can't keep this up forever!"
"He's right!" Ahatake thought, feeling his Chi draining fast. "I might have to risk it." He pushed back.
The android had to admire Ahatake's determination. Even though he was aware of the disadvantage he was in, he was still resisting with all he had. It was amazing to him, at the very least.
But it didn't matter. With the grasp of victory ever so close, it was immediately pushed away from his mind. He focused even more intensely into the attack, focusing more power into it...
Ahatake knew he had no choice. "Haaaaa!!!!!!!" His power increased as he immediately turned Super Saiyan 3. "I have to risk it!" Ahatake thought adding more chi and pushing back with all his might. "I have to win."
It was Seth's turn to be pushed back, as he was forced to put both hands into the attack, some veins appearing on his head. Thankfully, they were hidden by the hair in his forehead. He grunted, as he pushed against it, forcing more and more of his energy into it.
"You can't win." Ahatake said, sounding throughly exhausted. "Super Saiyan 3 is designed for 100% utilization of Chi." He pushed back some more and finally his blast was taking over.
Seth slammed his heel into the ground, as he was forced back even more. Gritting his teeth until he was sure they'd crack under the pressure, he pulled himself into a sidestep, dispelling his blast and allowing Ahatake's to rush past him, narrowly missing.
Ahatake returned to normal form, and quickly fainted due to Chi drain.
For a moment, Seth stared at his unconscious form in amazement. He opened his mouth, but nothing seemed to come out. Then, he walked over towards him, kneeling over his body to inspect him. His back rose and fell, signaling that he was alive.
He sighed, as he picked up the fallen warrior and slung him over his shoulders. Something told him that he was going to regret this next move, but he felt that he should do this. Something in him protested from keeping the Saiyan in the vultures' hands.
He slowly flew back into the sky, into a safer spot...
Ahatake's eyes opened, he woke up to fight his shirt gone and he was covered in bandages.
"What the hell?" Ahatake thought. "I'm alive?"
"You can thank me for the bandages." Seth's cool voice said.
The android himself was sitting under the shade of the forest canopy. At first glance, he appeared to be sleeping, his back against the sturdy tree trunk, along with his head resting against it. But his eyes were wide open, as they stared at the patched-up Saiyan with a lazy expression.
"YOU saved me?" Ahatake asked, sounding angry.
At the immediate indignation, Seth scowled. "A thank you would've been much nicer..." He muttered, folding his arms across his chest. Apparently, he'd been stupid enough to show some gratitude towards his opponent. "And yes, I did."
"Thanks." Ahatake said grudgingly. "Is there any food here?"
"The moment he wakes up, the first thing he talks about is food..." Seth shook off his annoyance, and got up from his sitting position. "You can find food on your own. Since you're awake, I don't see much reason to stay. But, I suggest you get a lot of rest. You exhausted yourself severely."
"I'll be fine I'm a Saiyan." Ahatake said, shooting down a passing fox. "Because I nearly died from our battle, I'll get stronger. And then I'll fight you. But first I should test my strength against Kakarot."
A ghost of a smile came across Seth's face. "I have that ability, too, you know."
"You can get stronger if you heal from near death?"
"That's right. Those little transformations of yours put me near that spot a few times already." The android said calmly. "But, if I may ask, who's... Kakarot?"
"A saiyan, and the son of Bardock. I believe the Earthlings call him Goku."
If anything, the ghost of a smile came across Seth's face. "Then... you are also after my mission objective."
"So then you were created by Dr. Gero." Ahatake said, and he had now skinned the fox, had put it over a fire. "I heard he destroyed the Red Ribbon Army a while ago."
"I only pursue him in order to look for a more decent fighter." Seth stated, although wrinkling his eyebrows in disgust. "I do not desire to truly kill him."
"I see." Ahatake said, closing his eyes and smiling as the area filled with the smell of cooking fox. "Well he's supposed to be the strongest fighter in the universe."
At that, the android snorted. "Hmph! You're idiotic if you believed that someone can be the strongest fighter in the universe. There will always be someone stronger than another."
"Kakarot's potential is unlimited." Ahatake said, putting his jacket back on.
"I bet it is..."
"A pity the fool lost his tail though. He could be SO much stronger. A Saiyan with a tail gains more power than one without."
This time, Seth didn't respond, instead opting to close his eyes and fold his arms across his chest. Dr. Gero hadn't told him that....
"I have a goal..." Ahatake said seemingly talking to no one in particular. Then he turned to Seth. "Ever heard of the Dragon balls?"
One eye was opened in response. "Yes, I have."
"I'm going to collect all Seven and become immortal." Ahatake said, turning the fox over to cook it better.
At first, Seth just looked at him for a moment, as if what the Saiyan had just said was taboo. Then, he simply closed his eye once again. "How cowardly... and I thought you were supposed to be a true warrior."
"Every Saiyan, excepting Kakarot and his father desires eternal life." Ahatake replied. "Even the great Prince Vegeta desired immortality."
"Then you're all cowards." Seth said dismissively, eyes furrowing a bit. "A true warrior would be glad to face death, instead of avoiding it like a constant problem."
"What about you?" Ahatake asked, and the android looked at him in surprise. "I'm not have as stupid as you think I might be. You're a cyborg. Partially an android. So aren't you immortal?"
"Yes." Seth replied truthfully, closing his eyes again.
"So then don't you lecture me with you $30 haircut." Ahatake said, starting to eat the fox. "Needs ketchup..."
"Excuse me?" The android turned to glare at him. "I never wanted to be an android in the first place. I was forced to be because of that insane doctor's obsession with killing Goku."
"Well enjoy it." Ahatake said. "As I will soon. I have a feeling we'll become friends. Somehow..."
Seth scoffed, getting up himself and turning around. "Yeah, well, don't feel on me." Then, he bursted off into the sky once more, without warning.
"We'll meet again." Ahatake said, getting up as well. "Now off to Korin's tower!" He took off in a burst of energy. He had one goal: The Dragon balls.