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Please Note: This story contains occasional swearing and graphically gruesome deaths.
The Planet Earth Saga is the fourth saga of Dragon Ball Z: The Forgotten. It takes place after the Stomping Grounds Saga and before the Reunion Saga. This saga chronicles Ledas' journey to and on Earth to find his long lost friend Vegeta.
For a complete list of characters in the Planet Earth Saga, please visit this page.
The theme song for this Saga is Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.
I promise the events
that take place
in the Hazing chapter
are not based off
A Chemical ReactionEdit
<LATE 772 AGE>
<IT IS DARK AND WINDY; THE LANDSCAPE IS NOTHING BUT ROCKS; UP AHEAD IS A SMALL SPHERICAL ODDITY, STRANGELY OUT OF PLACE>
<THE CAMERA ZOOMS IN CLOSER; THE ROUND OBJECT IS MAGNIFIED TO ITS REGULAR SIZE; IT IS A SPACE POD>
<THE FRONT LATCH IS OPEN, AND THERE IS NO SIGN OF A SENTIENT OCCUPANT>
<SUDDENLY, FROM UP AHEAD, AN EXPLOSION GOES OFF, SMOKE BILLOWS; THE CAMERA TURNS TO FACE THIS; THERE ARE SIX SAIBAMEN FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER; MOST OF THEM ARE RED; THE CAMERA STAYS ON THEM FOR A FEW MOMENTS AS THEY CONTINUE TO SPAR; THEN, THE CAMERA TURNS AROUND TO REVEAL, SITTING ALONE IN A VALLEY OF JAGGED ROCKS, A SMALL CHILD>
<THE CHILD IS SITTING ON A LARGE ROCK, HANDS ON KNEES; HIS HEAD IS BOWED; HE IS NOT WEARING HIS CHEST ARMOR, THOUGH HE IS WEARING HIS BOOTS, FINGERLESS GLOVES, AND GUVA’S LEFT WRIST GUARD>
<ALMOST CASUALLY, THE CHILD PICKS UP A PEBBLE NEXT TO HIM, AND FLINGS IT AS IF TO SKIP A STONE ON WATER; THE ROCK ACCELERATES AND SMASHES INTO A CLIFF WALL; THE FORCE OF IMPACT CAUSES A SERIES OF CRACKS TO SUDDENLY JUMP OUT; BUT THE WALL REMAINS STANDING>
<ANGRY, THE CHILD STANDS UP, HIS TAIL HANGING FREE IN IRRITATION>
<HE OUTSTRETCHES HIS ARMS AND GIVES OFF A YELL; THE AIR AROUND EXPLODES INTO A BRIGHT LIGHT; THE CHILD’S HAIR HAS SUDDENLY TURNED GOLDEN>
<HE LETS OFF ANOTHER YELL AND AT THE SAME TIME PUSHES HIS HANDS OUT, CREATING A BEAM OF ENERGY; THE LIGHT BLUE BEAM HITS INTO THE WALL BEFORE, THIS TIME OBLITERATING THE LONG UNYIELDED BASTION>
<THE CHILD STARES AT THE BLAST, SMOKE AND FIRE BILLOWING; WITH HIS FACE BLANK, HE SITS BACK DOWN>
Unknown Voice: Now, is that any way to treat me… <LONG PAUSE> Ledas? My son?
<A FIGURE APPEARS, WALKING THROUGH THE SMOKE AHEAD; AS IT COMES INTO FOCUS, IT IS CLEARLY LAYEECK; HE LOOKS THE SAME AS HE DID THE LAST TIME THE TWO WERE TOGETHER AND IS IN HIS ARMOR>
<UPON SEEING HIM, LEDAS GETS UP; HE STAYS IN PLACE THOUGH, ON GUARD>
Ledas: <IN A SHOUT> What the heck?! How’d you get here?!
Layeeck: <WALKS OUT, TO THE OPEN; HE PAUSES> Has it been so long that you do not remember your own father’s face?
Ledas: <WITH QUIET WIT> My father is dead.
<SUDDENLY, LEDAS RUNS FORWARD, THRUSTING HIS ARM OUT, WITH ANOTHER BEAM OF ENERGY; IT HITS LAYEECK, WHO OFFERS NO RESISTANCE, SQUARE IN THE CHEST>
<WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, LAYEECK IS STILL IN PLACE, UNDAMAGED>
Ledas: <INCREDULOUSLY> You’re another vision!
Layeeck: <CROUCHES, INSPECTING THE DAMAGE DONE; HE LOOKS UP AT LEDAS, WHO IS STILL IN SUPER SAIYAN> My own son did this. What incredible power…
Ledas: You’re a vision…
Layeeck: <CHUCKLES, TO HIMSELF> I’m whatever you want me to be.
Ledas: A vision… well at least you’re better than the other one. <LOOKS BEHIND, THERE IS NOTHING THERE> But I haven’t seen him in a while… <TURNS BACK TO HIS FATHER> But why can I see you now?
Layeeck: <STILL DISTRACTED> You are looking for Vegeta… and you’ve given up.
Ledas: <EYES GLAZE OVER, REMEMBERING THE PAST> No. I promised him… we would meet again. I promised. I’m not gonna stop until I find Vegeta! <LAYEECK DOES NOT ANSWER, BUT SIMPLY STARES AT HIS SON> I’ve traveled to every planet around… and there’s not even a trace of him. I can’t sense anything… <HE YELLS AGAIN AND SHOOTS ANOTHER KI BLAST> Stupid Guva! His directions were terrible! He didn’t know where Earth was!
<LAYEECK’S FORM CHANGES TO ANOTHER BEING; THAT OF THE BENEFACTOR>
The Benefactor: You should have killed him.
<LEDAS GASPS AND BLINKS; HE NOTICES HIS FATHER HAS RETURNED>
Layeeck: <STRANGELY FATHER-LIKE> Stop. When you focus, you can feel. And when you feel, you will be able to find him.
Ledas: <CHILD’S TONE> But I don’t know how to–
Layeeck: Put your arms out! Focus your energy; feel the pulse of the galaxy.
<LEDAS LOOKS TO HIS RIGHT IN CHILD-LIKE WONDER; HE REACHES HIS HAND OUT, AS IF TO FEEL THE ENERGY COMING FROM THAT DIRECTION>
<SEVERAL MOMENTS PASS, WITH NOTHING HAPPENING; LEDAS’ EYES ARE NOW CLOSED, IN CONCENTRATION>
Ledas: <MOMENTS PASS BEFORE HE MOVES; WHEN HE DOES, HE LETS IN A SHARP GASP, AND IN HIS SHOCK, RETURNS TO HIS NORMAL STATE; HIS HAIR REGRESSING TO ITS COMMON BLACK COLOR> I-I… felt something. <HE REACHES HIS HAND BACK OUT, TO TRY AGAIN> Vegeta?
<LAYEECK HAS DISAPPEARED, THOUGH LEDAS DOESN’T SEEM TO NOTICE>
Ledas: <TO HIMSELF> I have to go check that out… it felt like him. I know it did.
<HE TURNS BACK TO HIS PRACTICING SAIBAMEN; HE WALKS UP TO THEM, WATCHING THEM AS THEY TRAIN TOGETHER; AS HE REACHES THEM, THE NEAREST GREEN ONE IS SUDDENLY ENCAPSULATED IN BRIGHT LIGHT; IT YELLS OUT; THEN, THE LIGHT FADES AND A SMALL ENERGY WAVE IS RELEASED; LEDAS SEES THE SAIBAMAN HAS TURNED RED; IT JUMPS FOR JOY AND PUFFS OUT ITS CHEST AS THE OTHERS HOWL IN APPROVAL>
Ledas: <PATS SES ON THE HEAD> Nice job, Ses. But we have to go now. I think I found Vegeta. <HE LOOKS AT HIS OTHER SAIBAMEN> Come on, everyone. Back in the bag.
<LEDAS TAKES OUT HIS BROWN POUCH THAT HE STORES THE SAIBAMEN IN; THE SCREEN PANS BACK AS HE DOES THIS>
<LEDAS TURNS AND RUNS BACK TO HIS POD; HE JUMPS INSIDE AND QUICKLY TAKES OFF; WITHIN SECONDS, THE POD SHOOTS OFF AND OUT OF SIGHT>
<THE CAMERA SHIFTS TO ANOTHER PLACE, FAMILIAR IN SCENERY; IT IS SUNSET ON PLANET COOLER 92>
(note: this scene picks up mere seconds from the conclusion of the Stomping Grounds Saga, and it should be noted that the Guva/Banas storyline of this saga does not take place at the same time as the main story with Ledas does; however, by the end of the saga, the two timelines will have caught up with each other)
Guva: <IS SPRAWLED ON THE FLOOR, COVERED IN GLASS AND WINE AND HATE> Banas? <IN SHOCK> What… the hell?
<GUVA GETS UP, SURVEYING HIS SURROUNDINGS; HE IS IN HIS OFFICE, ON THE THIRD FLOOR; HIS WALL-WINDOW IS SHATTERED, LETTING IN THE COLD OF THE WILD>
Guva: <LOOKS AROUND, CONFUSED> Banas?! Come out! I know you’re in here!
<THERE IS NO ANSWER; FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS, GUVA CONTINUES TO WALK AROUND, LOOKING FOR HIS FORMER CAPTAIN; BUT IT IS TO NO AVAIL>
<A DEVICE ON GUVA’S DESK BEHIND LIGHTS UP WITH NOISE; GUVA TURNS SUDDENLY, EXPECTING BANAS; BUT IT IS ONLY A WORKER CALLING HIM>
Guva: <WALKS OVER TO THE DEVICE AND PRESSES DOWN ON IT; WITH IMPATIENCE> What?
Soldier 1: <CRACKLING IN OVER THE SPEAKERS> Sir, the natives are acting up again. Would you like to come down?
Guva: No. Deal with it yourself. Send only first and second platoon.
Soldier 1: <PAUSE> Uh… yes sir. We won’t let you down. Over and out.
<GUVA TURNS BACK AROUND TO THE BROKEN WINDOW>
<IN PLAYFUL REPOSE, THERE SITS A NEW ITEM; A SPIKED AND ALCOHOLIC FRUIT>
Guva: <HE WALKS UP TO IT, AND CRUSHES IT WITH HIS BOOT> Banas! You think this to be all a game? I do not want your gifts! Our old memories! Come out, so I may kill you!
Banas: <DROPPING DOWN FROM THE CEILING ABOVE> But governor, that would set such a… bad example. <HE KICKS GUVA, IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD, SENDING THE GOVERNOR FLYING INTO A WALL>
Guva: <WITH GRIT; SPUTTERING> Banas?!
Banas: <WALKS FORWARD, ARMS SPREAD> Yes, my dear?
<GUVA SNARLS AND ROLLS OVER, FIRING OFF A ENERGY BLAST AT BANAS’ FACE; IT HITS HIM>
<GUVA JUMPS UP AND GRABS BANAS’ SHOULDERS, THROWING HIM DOWN ONTO THE DESK; WOOD SHARDS AND PAPERS FLY EVERYWHERE; BANAS’ FACE IS BLEEDING>
Banas: <GETS UP, STILL BLEEDING; HE IS LAUGHING> Just like old times, guvvy. Aren’t ya feeling nostalgic?
Guva: <BREATHLESS> The past? I won; you lost. That’s how it was last time; that’s how it’ll be this time.
Banas: You know, <PULLS A SHARD OF WOOD OUT OF HIS NECK, GINGERLY> when Cooler made you governor, that elitist shit really started coming out, didn’t it Guva? I remember when you were just another lovable captain. Like me. <SMILES, TOOTHILY AND SINCERELY>
Guva: <MOVES FORWARD, BRUSHING DEBRIS OUT OF THE WAY> I’m not a captain any more. I’m a governor. Your governor, Banas.
Banas: Empty words from an empty man. <CHUCKLES> Cooler only gave you that position because you were a fucking teacher’s pet. Someone he could control. And you played right into that… thinking he gave it to you because you were so talented.
Guva: <UNMOVED> After all these years, I thought you had moved on. But I see you’re still jealous as ever. Is that why you returned?
Banas: <A WRY SMILE COMES TO HIS FACE; HE STEPS TOWARD GUVA, COMING WITHIN INCHES> You’ve got me all wrong, brotha. I don’t want this planet anymore. No, I came back for you, for old time’s sake. So we could finally end it. No kid. No team. Just you and me.
<GUVA’S EYES WIDEN, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE PUSHES BANAS AWAY; HE FIRES AN ENERGY VOLLEY AT HIM, AND THE WHOLE ROOM GOES UP IN SMOKE; WHEN IT CLEARS, GUVA’S BUILDING IS DEMOLISHED; GUVA AND BANAS ARE THE ONLY TWO THINGS LEFT STANDING (HOVERING, ACTUALLY)>
<BELOW THEM, GUVA’S REMAINING GRUNTS ARE FIGHTING OFF A HORDE OF THE NATIVES; THE GROUND IS SOAKED HEAVILY IN BLOOD>
<LEDAS’ SPACE POD IS SHOWN; THE CAMERA MOVES UP AND OVER TO BEHIND IT AS IT PASSES BY, REVEALING ITS TARGET; A PLANET CALLED EARTH>
<THE SPACE POD LANDS HARD; IT CREATES A HUGE CRATER; AFTER A FEW MOMENTS, THE DOOR OPENS AND LEDAS EXITS>
<HE IS NOT WEARING HIS CHEST ARMOR, ONLY HIS UNDERCLOTHES, FINGERLESS GLOVES, BOOTS, AND GUVA’S WRIST GUARD; OTHERWISE, HIS CLOTHES ARE SIMPLE AND WORN>
<HE STEPS OUT OF THE POD AND SCANS THE AREA, HEAD HELD HIGH; AFTER A FEW MOMENTS, LEDAS MOVES FORWARD UP AND OUT OF THE CRATER; HE LEAVES HIS POD BEHIND; SOON HE COMES UP ON A CLIFF OVERLOOK; BELOW IS A CITY, HUGE AND BUSY>
<LEDAS PEERS DOWN INTO THE CITY, WITH WONDER; HE LAYS DOWN ON HIS STOMACH TO SURVEY; HE IS A BIT HESITANT TO GO INTO THE TOWN>
Layeeck: <SITTING ON A ROCK NEARBY> And you’re sure Vegeta’s here?
Ledas: <STILL PEERING DOWN AT THE TOWN AND THE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND> Yeah.
Layeeck: What will you do when you finally meet him?
Ledas: Iono… <IN REGARDS TO THE HUMANS BELOW> Hey these guys look just like us. Are they Saiyans too?
Layeeck: <UNMOVING> If they were Saiyans, don’t you think you could sense it? And they are also missing a… necessary appendage.
Ledas: <CHILD’S AWE> Whoa… they don’t have tails…
Layeeck: <STERNLY> So what would happen if you just flaunted yourself into town as you are?
Ledas: <FINALLY LOOKS OVER AT HIS FATHER> What do you mean?
Layeeck: Do you really think you need to be drawing unwanted attention, my son? You don’t know a thing about these creatures, other than Vegeta is living with them. Any unnecessary entanglements could lead to–
Ledas: <INNOCENTLY> If Vegeta’s gotten along with them, then they can’t be that bad.
<LEDAS GETS UP, IGNORING HIS FATHER, AND SLIDES DOWN THE ROUNDED CLIFF INTO THE CITY; NOTICEABLY, THOUGH, HE WRAPS HIS TAIL AROUND HIS WAIST TO HIDE IT; THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE SERIES THAT LEDAS HAS WILLINGLY DONE THIS>
<HE STARTS WANDERING DOWN A STREET GAINING SOME STARES FROM VARIOUS PEDESTRIANS; HE ROUNDS A CORNER AND BUMPS INTO TWO YOUNG MEN>
Man 1: Hey kid! Watch where yer goin’!
Ledas: Get outta my way. <WALKS BY THE TWO>
<MAN 2 GRABS LEDAS’ SHOULDER AND SPINS HIM AROUND>
Man 2: Hey! We were talkin’ to you, kid!
Ledas: <QUIETLY> Don’t touch me.
Man 1: What was dat, ya little punk?!
Ledas: Get off of me!
<LEDAS BARES HIS TEETH IN ANGER; HE BRUSHES THE TWO MEN INTO A SIDE ALLEY; THEY ARE CRUMPLED AND BLOODIED, BUT ALSO DEAD; WHILE HE DID NOT INTEND TO KILL THEM, HIS POWER IS SO GREAT THAT HE DID SO WITHOUT EVEN TRYING OR KNOWING HE DID>
<LEDAS CONTINUES ON WITHOUT MUCH CARE>
<UP AHEAD, AN OLDER WOMAN COMES QUIETLY OUT OF A SIDE SHOP; IN HER HANDS ARE MANY PARCELS; LEDAS DOES NOT SEE HER AND BUMPS INTO HER, SPILLING ALL SORTS OF PRESENTS AND GROCERIES ABOUT>
<LEDAS WALKS BY HER, NOT BOTHERING TO HELP HER PICK ANYTHING UP>
Mrs. Fanshi: You! Boy! What do you think you’re doing?!
Ledas: <HE CONTINUES WALKING FOR A FEW FEET THEN TURNS HIS HEAD; HE SEEMS SURPRISED THAT SHE IS TALKING TO HIM> What do you care?
Mrs. Fanshi: <STERNLY> Boy! Don’t you have any manners?!
Ledas: I dunno what you’re talking about.
Mrs. Fanshi: Here, come help me pick them up.
<LEDAS SIGHS THEN WALKS BACK OVER AND KNEELS DOWN; MRS. FANSHI DOES AS WELL; HE QUIETLY HELPS HER PICK EVERYTHING BACK UP>
<UPON FINISHING, LEDAS BEGINS TO WALK OFF AGAIN, STILL PREOCCUPIED WITH VEGETA>
Mrs. Fanshi: <WATCHES HIM FOR A FEW MOMENTS, THEN RAISES HER RIGHT HAND> Hang on there, dear. Come back!
Ledas: <ANNOYED> What do you want now?
Mrs. Fanshi: <NOTICES LEDAS IS ALL DIRTY AND WHATNOT> Why are you all alone, dear? Do you not have parents?
Ledas: <NO TONE> They’re dead.
Mrs. Fanshi: <DROPS WHAT SHE IS CARRYING AGAIN> Oh good heavens! That’s terrible!
Ledas: I got over it a long time ago.
Mrs. Fanshi: <KNEELS DOWN TO PICK UP HER THINGS> Be a good boy and help me pick these up again.
<LEDAS SIGHS AND HELPS AGAIN>
Mrs. Fanshi: So, are you an orphan?
Mrs. Fanshi: And you live around here?
Ledas: <OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT WANT TO TALK TO HER> No.
Mrs. Fanshi: <TALKING TO HERSELF> What a pity, he’s homeless. <TURNS TO LEDAS> Do you have a place to stay?
Ledas: No, but I don’t ne–
Mrs. Fanshi: <STANDS UP ONCE AGAIN, WITH HER PARCELS> Well then, you can stay with me until we get things sorted out.
Mrs. Fanshi: No “buts”. Come on, honey, let’s go. <STARTS WALKING> Have you ever been to school, dear?
Ledas: <STILL SLIGHTLY PEEVED AT HER FOR DRAGGING HIM AWAY> What’s school?
Mrs. Fanshi: <EYES WIDEN> My, my. <TAKES A DEEP BREATH> School, my dear, is where a child goes to learn all the things necessary to survive and be successful in life. I hadn’t thought of taking in a boy, myself, but seeing how ignorant you are, I can’t let you go!
Ledas: It’s training?
Mrs. Fanshi: Yes, my dear. It will prepare you for the real world.
Ledas: <TURNS TO LAYEECK WHO HAD, DURING THE CONVERSATION, MATERIALIZED OVER LEDAS’ RIGHT SHOULDER> A little training couldn’t hurt… <TO FANSHI> Okay, I’m ready for that.
Layeeck: <FOLD HIS ARMS> Hmph… you don’t want to get caught up with these creatures, Ledas. It’ll only prolong your search.
Mrs. Fanshi: Splendid. Let’s get going then. Tomorrow morning I’ll take you down to the school to get registered… and get you some new clothes.
Ledas: <DRAGGING HIS FEET AFTER HER> Hey! What’s wrong with my clothes?!
Mrs. Fanshi: <NOT HEARING HIM; THINKING OUT LOUD> Then, I can apply you for the orphanage… but you can stay with me until that is worked out. Come on, honey, my house isn’t far away.
<IN THE BACKGROUND, SOME POLICE ARE INSPECTING THE CORPSES OF THE TWO THUGS LEDAS KILLED; LEDAS DOES NOT NOTICE THIS>
<CUTS TO PLANET COOLER 92; GUVA AND BANAS ARE HOVERING OVER A SMOLDERING BUILDING; BANAS’ ARMOR IS STILL CRACKED AND BROKEN; GUVA IS MOSTLY UNTOUCHED>
Banas: <LOOKS DOWN AT THE SOLDIERS AND NATIVES FIGHTING; HE LAUGHS AND SHOOTS A BLAST AT IT ALL, KILLING A VAST MAJORITY OF BOTH> Looks like it’s all falling apart without me!
Guva: <SHOUTING OVER THE COMMOTION> Don’t touch my soldiers! This is between you and me, Captain! No one else!
Banas: <FLIES UP TO GUVA, ON HIS BACK, ARMS FOLDED> Heh heh heh. You want to take this to another planet, guvvy? Cuz I’ve got the perfect one. <RIGHTS HIMSELF UP, HIS TONE BECOMES MUCH MORE SERIOUS; REPEATS> I’ve got the perfect one. The one you never let me go to, guvvy.
<BANAS LAUGHS AGAIN; GUVA’S FACE IS HESITANT>
<CUTS BACK TO LEDAS AND FANSHI>
Mrs. Fanshi: Dinner’s ready!
Ledas: Awright, I’m starving.
<LEDAS SITS DOWN AND HURRIEDLY SCARFS UP THE FOOD WITH HIS HANDS; MRS. FANSHI IS APPALLED>
Mrs. Fanshi: My dear, don’t you have any manners?
Ledas: <LOOKS UP FOR A SECOND> No. <THEN GOES BACK TO EATING>
Mrs. Fanshi: <LOOKS REPULSED BUT DOES NOT STOP HIM> Well, then, I do believe that we have not properly introduced ourselves. My name is Mrs. Fanshi… what’s yours, child?
Ledas: <EATING> Oh, I’m Ledas.
Mrs. Fanshi: <SUPER SURPRISED> Ledas? Now that’s an exotic name…
Ledas: <INNOCENTLY> Well your name is weirder…
<THEY FINISH DINNER IN SILENCE; AFTER A BRIEF AWKWARDNESS, LEDAS SPEAKS UP>
Ledas: Uh, Mrs. Fanshi… when do I get to start the training?
Mrs. Fanshi: You mean school?
Ledas: <SLOWLY, TIRED> Yeeah.
Mrs. Fanshi: Tomorrow, I will take you to town, and see if I can get you enrolled. But, we will also need to get you new clothes. I don’t know where you got that dreadful outfit, but it certainly won’t do for a new student.
Ledas: But I always train in this…
Mrs. Fanshi: No, it won’t do. We don’t want people to be thinking you’re different.
<LEDAS DOES HIS PUPPY EYES; BUT FANSHI CAN SEE THAT HE IS EXTREMELY TIRED>
Mrs. Fanshi: Now, Ledas, it’s time for bed. Your room is down the hall, first one on the left. There should be plenty of blankets in there for you. <SHE WATCHES HIM LEAVE, STILL TWIRLING A BIT OF WINE IN HER GLASS AS SHE DOES; TO HERSELF> He’s too tired today, poor thing. I’ll have to teach him real manners tomorrow. <SHE LOOKS AT HIS PLATE> I’ve got a little savage on my hands.
<LEDAS WANDERS DOWN INTO HIS ROOM; HE TURNS ON THE LIGHT AND NOTICES THE BED>
Ledas: <HE WALKS UP TO IT AND POKES AT IT> Wow, this is soft! I can see why Vegeta’s staying here. <HE JUMPS ON IT AND IMMEDIATELY FALLS INTO A DEEP SLEEP>
<THE CAMERA PULLS BACK, AND LAYEECK’S VISION IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN; WATCHING OVER LEDAS AS HE SLEEPS IS THE HALLUCINATION OF THE BENEFACTOR>
<JUMP CUT TO BLACK>
<IN THE MORNING, FANSHI AND LEDAS GO TO A CLOTHES STORE AND PICK SOME GOODIES OUT; LEDAS SPECIFICALLY PICKS OUT A HOODIE ONE SIZE LARGER THAN THE REST OF HIS CLOTHES TO HIDE HIS TAIL; HIS CLOTHES CONSIST OF A RED HOODIE, A WHITE SHIRT, AND JEANS>
<AFTER THIS, THE TWO WALK STRAIGHT TO A LARGE AREA; THERE ARE MANY MULTI-FLOORED BUILDINGS AND COURTYARDS CONNECTING THEM; VARIOUS HUMANS ARE WALKING ABOUT ON THEIR OWN BUSINESS; SOME ARE NO OLDER THAN LEDAS>
Ledas: <WATCHING THE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND> Um… Mrs. Fanshi, is this the training place?
Mrs. Fanshi: <DISTRACTED> Yes dear, this is school…
Ledas: <TO HIMSELF (OR LAYEECK, WHO IS THERE IN VISION FORM)> Then why can’t I feel any of their powers?
<THE TWO REACH A BUILDING AND GO INSIDE; IT IS THE FRONT OFFICE OF THE SCHOOL>
Mrs. Fanshi: <APPROACHES THE FRONT DESK> Hello, I called earlier about enrolling a…
<LEDAS STEPS BACK AND SITS DOWN ON A BENCH BEHIND HER; LAYEECK’S VISION DOES THE SAME>
Layeeck : <WRYLY> So what is this? Your best idea of how to find Vegeta?
Ledas: <BOWS HEAD IN BOREDOM; WHISPERING> I thought it was training…
Layeeck: Use your mind! Are any of these creatures around you even the smallest of a threat?
Ledas: I don’t feel anything from them…
Layeeck: <CONTINUES> So then why are you training with those that are beneath you?
Ledas: <SHUFFLES HIS FEET ON THE GROUND> Wewll… there were some other big powers I felt earlier… and they were way stronger than me. I think one of them was Vegeta… <PAUSES, CHILDISHLY> I-I can’t go visit him if I’m so much weaker–
Mrs. Fanshi: Ledas, dear? Let’s go on to your class now.
<FANSHI SHOWS HIM HIS ROOM, #4 ON THE LEFT; SHE THEN LEAVES>
<LEDAS MAKES IT TO ROOM 104; CLASS HASN’T STARTED YET SO MANY STUDENTS ARE SCATTERED ABOUT THE ROOM; THE TEACHER IS AT HIS DESK IN THE FRONT>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <IS WORKING ON PAPERWORK, ETC; LOOKS UP AS LEDAS APPROACHES> Ah, you must be the new addition to my class. What is your name?
Ledas: Uh… <LOOKS AROUND> I’m Ledas.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <HIGH ARROGANCE> Perhaps they did it differently at your old school, Ledas. But here, in my room, you will address me as Mr. Kyokatoshi. At all times. Do you understand?
Ledas: Uh, sure… Mr. Kyokatoshi.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <STARES BACK AT LEDAS> Good, now take a seat in the back. <POINTS TO AN EMPTY DESK; TURNS TO GRAB SOMETHING OFF HIS DESK> Oh, and here. Take your books.
<HE UNLOADS A HUGE STACK OF BOOKS INTO LEDAS’ ARMS; THE WEIGHT HAS NO EFFECT ON HIM>
<LEDAS GOES AND SITS DOWN AT HIS DESK; HE NOTICES A BOY TO HIS LEFT STARING AT HIM>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: Now then, students, as you no doubt remember, yesterday we started exploring the vast history of our early ancestors… <CONTINUES TALKING IN THE BACKGROUND>
<THE BOY TO LEDAS’ LEFT IS STILL STARING AT LEDAS; HE IS ABOUT THE SAME HEIGHT; MUCH SKINNIER THOUGH; HIS HAIR IS BROWN AND SHORT>
Ryori: So, you the new kid?
Ledas: I guess.
Ryori: What’s your name?
Ledas: Ledas. <THERE IS A LONG AWKWARD PAUSE WHERE RYORI SIMPLY STARES, WAITING FOR LEDAS TO ASK HIM WHAT HIS NAME IS> Who are you?
Ryori: <PROUDLY> I’m Ryori. <CHUCKLES> I’m the best one here.
Ledas: <PIQUE OF INTEREST> You’re the strongest one?
Ryori: Everyone listens to me, so I’m the one in charge. Hey! You haven’t had your initiation yet!
Ledas: My what?
Ryori: <A VAST GRIN COMES TO HIS FACE> Your first test. You gotta do it to join us.
Ledas: <CURIOUSLY> Oh… when do I get to start?!
<MR. KYOKATOSHI LOOKS OVER AT THEM>
Ryori: Shh… later.
<AFTER CLASS, THE STUDENTS EXIT; RYORI MEETS UP WITH LEDAS OUTSIDE; IT IS SUNNY AND BRIGHT OUTSIDE>
Ryori: <FLANKED BY A FEW FRIENDS; BEMUSED> You made it!
Ledas: What do I have to do?
Ryori: <LAUGHS, LONG AND HARD; PAUSES> Hmm… alright I got one for you.
<THE OTHER BOYS LAUGH RIOTOUSLY>
Ryori: <TURNS TO A BUILDING BEHIND THEM> Ok, you need to climb up into that window up there. <POINTS UP TO THE SECOND STORY> That’s the girls’ locker room. <LAUGHS AGAIN> Climb into there and get us a pair of their underwear. <HE TAKES A PAIR OUT OF HIS BACK POCKET AND SHOWS LEDAS> Just like these. Do that and you’re in.
Ledas: <EMPTY-HEADED> Oh… that’s it?
<BY THIS TIME, MOST OF THE OTHER STUDENTS HAVE DISPERSED; LEDAS CLIMBS CAREFULLY UP THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING, AND JUMPS INTO THE OPEN SECOND STORY WINDOW THAT RYORI POINTED TO EARLIER; AS SOON AS HE DISAPPEARS, THE CROWD BELOW ERUPTS INTO LAUGHTER>
<LEDAS MOVES INTO THE GIRLS LOCKER ROOM; HE DOESN’T SEE ANYONE, NOR ANY OF WHAT HE IS LOOKING FOR>
<LEDAS ROUNDS A CORNER; LAUGHTER AND WHATNOT IS POURING OUT FROM UP AHEAD; SUDDENLY A SMALL GROUP OF GIRLS ROUND THE CORNER; NONE ARE IN MUCH MORE THAN UNDERWEAR>
Girl 1: <JUMPS BACK, SCREAMS; THE OTHERS FOLLOW SUIT> Hey you?! What are you doing in here, you pervert?!
Ledas: <STEPS BACK, BUT IS GRINNING; TO HIMSELF> I get it. I gotta get it off of them… that’s the challenge. <HE SMILES, AND HIS AURA ERUPTS AROUND HIM>
<CUTS TO PICCOLO, WHO IS MEDITATING; SUDDENLY, HE OPENS HIS EYES; HE SENSES LEDAS’ BRIEF POWER UP>
<CUTS TO VEGETA, WHO IS TRAINING WITH A VERY YOUNG TRUNKS>
Vegeta: <LOOKS UP TO THE SKY; STOPS FIGHTING; TRUNKS STILL ATTACKS HIS FATHER AT THIS TIME, BUT VEGETA DOESN’T EVEN NOTICE> What was that?!
<CUTS BACK TO LEDAS; HE RUNS OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM AND JUMPS THROUGH THE SECOND STORY WINDOW, ARMS FULL OF VARIOUS CLOTHES; THE SCREAMING VOICES OF GIRLS CAN BE HEARD BEHIND HIM, AND THEY ARE THROWING DEBRIS AFTER HIM>
<HE LANDS RIGHT IN FRONT OF RYORI, WITH ARMS STILL FULL OF THEIR UNDERWEAR>
Ledas: <DROPS THE CLOTHES IN FRONT OF RYORI; UPBEAT> Is this enough?
Ryori: <LAUGHING UNCONTROLLABLY> W-where… where did y-y-you get all those?!?!
<HE CONTINUES LAUGHING>
Ledas: <NOT LAUGHING; STEADFAST> There were a lot of girls.
Ryori: You took them off the girls?!
Ledas: Wasn’t I supposed to–
Ryori: <LAUGHING AGAIN> Oh… dude you are so in.
<LEDAS JOINS IN THEIR LAUGHTER; IT IS NOTICEABLE THAT LAYEECK’S VISION HAS BEEN ABSENT THIS WHOLE TIME>
<LATER THAT NIGHT, LEDAS FLIES BACK TO MRS. FANSHI’S HOUSE, BOOKS IN HAND; NO ONE SEES HIM>
<CUTS DINNER TIME AT MRS. FANSHI’S HOUSE>
Mrs. Fanshi: So, how was your first day of school?
<LEDAS SMILES TO HIMSELF, FINALLY A BIT OF TRUE HAPPINESS ESCAPING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME>
Ledas: Yeah… I had a really good day.
<LATER ON, LEDAS GOES TO BED; HE IS LYING IN HIS BED>
Ledas: He’s a lot stronger than me. I can feel it.
Layeeck: <VISION FORM> You can’t know that.
Ledas: Yes I can.
Layeeck: You have never felt Vegeta before. How can you be sure of it, my son?
Ledas: Because I know Vegeta. I know what his power would feel like. <AGITATED> And I can feel him right now. He’s right over there. <HE POINTS OUT HIS WINDOW> Not that far away. He’s training at a higher level than my maximum power is!
Layeeck: We will have to find a way to make you stronger.
Ledas: <STARTS YELLING> Like I don’t know that!
Layeeck: That starts out with you abandoning this school. There’s no point in going if there is no possibility of getting stronger.
Ledas: I like them. Ryori is nice and so are the others.
Layeeck: You do not need to be making friends, my son.
Ledas: Shut up! <HE LOOKS PAINED> Since Vegeta I haven’t had any friends. Everyone I know was either using me or trying to kill me. I need that to change… I’m still going whether you like it or not. <LAYEECK DOES NOT RESPOND; LEDAS FORMS ENERGY AND POINTS IT AT THE HALLUCINATION; FOR SEVERAL SECONDS, HE JUST SITS THERE, BREATHING HARD; THEN, HE DISSIPATES THE BLAST; LEDAS TURNS OVER AND PUTS HIS HEAD ON HIS PILLOW; TO HIMSELF> No, can’t do that. Gotta stay in control… <HE CLOSES HIS EYES AND SETTLES IN TO SLEEP> I can’t visit Vegeta yet. I can’t let him know I’m so weak.
<CUTS TO A PLANET THAT IS ROCKY AND DARK; IT IS NEAR PITCH BLACK, SAVE FOR THE LIGHT OF TWO PODS; ONE OPEN AND ABANDONED, THE OTHER JUST OPENING>
Guva: <GETS OUT OF HIS POD> What the hell is this place? <HE JUMPS OUT AND FLIES OFF, WITH CONTEMPT>
<HE FLIES FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS, SCANNING ABOUT WITH HIS SCOUTER UNTIL PICKING UP A HUGE READING AHEAD>
<GUVA FOLLOWS HIS READING UNTIL COMING UPON A HUGE CAVE; IT IS DARK AND THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF LIFE>
<GUVA DESCENDS AND WALKS INSIDE, WARILY; THE CAMERA STAYS IN PLACE UNTIL HIS FIGURE DISAPPEARS INTO THE DARKNESS>
<CUTS TO FANSHI’S HOUSE; IT IS EARLY IN THE MORNING, PROBABLY ABOUT 5 AM OR SO; LEDAS IS ASLEEP, SPLAYED ABOUT ON HIS BED WITH BLANKETS AND PILLOWS ALL IN A MESS; THE CAMERA MOVES DOWN THE HALL, SLOWLY; MRS. FANSHI’S VOICE IS COMING OUT OF HER DESK-SPACE NOOK>
Mrs. Fanshi: <ON THE PHONE> Are you sure? All of them? Well… that is absolutely unacceptable. I’ll send him down, immediately. <MRS. FANSHI GETS UP AND WALKS TO LEDAS’ ROOM; SNAPPY> Ledas! Wake up! Ledas!
<LEDAS ROLLS OVER AND GROANS, BUT DOES NOT WAKE>
<MRS. FANSHI, WITHOUT PATIENCE, RIPS HIS BLANKETS OFF; THIS CAUSES LEDAS TO OPEN HIS EYES>
Ledas: <GROGGILY> What you do want now?!
Mrs. Fanshi: <STILL SNAPPY> Get up! You have to get to school.
Ledas: It’s too early…
Mrs. Fanshi: You have detention. You have to go in early today.
Ledas: <STILL HALF ASLEEP; YAWNING> Detention? What’s that?
Mrs. Fanshi: It’s your punishment for stealing all those girls’ clothes yesterday. I can’t believe you would do something so stupid, Ledas. And on your first day!
Ledas: <BECOMES ALERT> What?! Why was that bad?!
Mrs. Fanshi: <IGNORING HIM> Put on your clothes and get going. Hurry up, dear.
<LEDAS GETS DRESSED AND EXITS FANSHI’S HOUSE, STILL GRUMBLING; AT THIS TIME LAYEECK’S VISION REAPPEARS AND FOLLOWS HIM AS HE WALKS THE DIRT PATH INTO TOWN>
Layeeck: <WITH WORRY IN HIS VOICE> Ledas?! What are you doing? None of this playing around will get you stronger, and it certainly won’t help you find Vegeta.
Ledas: <AGITATED> I know this isn’t helping! You don’t have to tell me that! But I can’t just go see Vegeta when he’s stronger than me! I just can’t!
Layeeck: And now you’re all caught up in this school… where you don’t do anything. Listen to me son, you need to find a place to train.
Ledas: <CONTINUES WALKING BUT TURNS TO HIS HALLUCINATION> Yeah, and if I do that, Vegeta will be able to find me!
Layeeck: You don’t even know if he can sense you.
Ledas: <PICKS UP HIS PACE IN HIS ANGER> He’s stronger than me! Of course he’ll know how to do that! Besides he probably sensed me yesterday when I did that challe–
Layeeck: <WRYLY> You mean when you got yourself a punishment.
<UPON HEARING THIS, LEDAS’ FACE CONTORTS IN ANGER AND HE TURNS TO FACE HIS FATHER; BY THIS TIME, THEY HAVE WALKED INTO THE TOWN AND THERE ARE HOUSES ON EACH SIDE OF THEM; LEDAS, IN HIS ANGER, TAKES HIS RIGHT HAND AND EXTENDS IT, PALM OUTWARD, AT HIS FATHER; HE SHOOTS OFF A SINGLE-HAND KYORRA FLASH; IT GOES RIGHT THROUGH LAYEECK AND HITS SEVERAL HOUSES BEHIND, CAUSING THEM TO EXPLODE IN A HUGE BURST OF FLAMES>
<LEDAS’ EYES WIDEN AT THE SIGHT OF THIS, AND HE TAKES OFF, RUNNING SUPER FAST>
<LEDAS ARRIVES AT SCHOOL AND TAKES PART IN HIS DETENTION UNTIL SCHOOL STARTS; HE IS SITTING IN HIS DESK WHEN ALL THE OTHER STUDENTS COME IN, INCLUDING RYORI>
<RYORI DOES NOT SEEM SURPRISED TO SEE LEDAS THERE>
<LEDAS AND RYORI DO NOT TALK AGAIN FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS>
<AFTER CLASS THOUGH A LARGE GROUP CONGREGATES AROUND RYORI; LEDAS IS DRAWN IN WITH CURIOSITY>
Ryori: <PROUDLY> Yep, it’s my brother’s. He lets me use his stuff all the time.
Ledas: <SEES RYORI IS HOLDING A SMALL DEVICE, BUT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT IS> Hey Ryori… what is that thing?
Ryori: <TURNS TO FACE LEDAS> <LAUGHS> Hey Ledas! You’ve never seen a capsule before?
Ledas: What’s a capsule?
Ryori: Here, I’ll show ya. <RYORI GESTURES HIS HAND AND THROWS THE SMALL CAPSULE INTO THE GROUND; THE CROWD JUMPS BACK A BIT; SMOKE AND DUST JUMP UP AND WHEN THEY SETTLE, A SHINING RED MOTORCYCLE IS STANDING THERE>
<THE STUDENTS AROUND ALL LET OUT A COLLECTIVE “OOOOH”>
<AFTER A FEW MORE MINUTES OF FAWNING, THE CROWD DISPERSES AND ONLY LEDAS AND RYORI ARE LEFT>
Ledas: Those capsules can hold anything?
Ryori: <SHORTLY> Yep. Cars, houses, anything.
Ledas: <REALIZES SOMETHING; BECOMES VERY EXCITED> Anything?!
Ryori: Like what?
Ledas: <STOPS, NOT WANTING TO REVEAL HIS PLAN> Well… nothing. I guess.
Ryori: Why? Do you want one?
<LEDAS NOTICES THE FIGURE OF THE BENEFACTOR BEHIND HIM; HE TRIES TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE IN FRONT OF RYORI>
The Benefactor: Kill him.
Ledas: <EAGER; IGNORING THE BENEFACTOR> Yeah! Where can I get them?
Ryori: There’re shops in every town… But if you want the best stuff, go to West City. That’s where the main store is. <HE CARESSES THE MOTORCYCLE, PROUDLY> That’s where we got this one.
Ledas: <INNOCENTLY> But where is that?
<THE BENEFACTOR TAKES OUT A KNIFE AND STARTS POINTING IT AT RYORI>
The Benefactor: No one will see. It will be quick, quiet. And the blood… will be everywhere.
Ryori: <LAUGHS, KIND OF IN DISBELIEF> West City is… <POINTS LEFT> that way.
<SUDDENLY, SOMEONE YELLS, BREAKING LEDAS’ FOCUS ON THE BENEFACTOR (WHO ALSO DISAPPEARS); A TALL, SLENDER TEENAGER APPEARS WALKING TOWARD LEDAS AND RYORI>
Ryori: <TURNS TO FACE THE FIGURE; HE STEPS BACK, ALMOST IN FEAR> Oh shit…
Shoekki: <WALKS UP TO HIM; HE IS DRUNK, AND SPUTTERING ABOUT> Yeah, that’s right, little bro. It’s me. Why the hell did you steal my bike? <SHOVES RYORI ASIDE, MAKING HIM FALL> Don’t touch my stuff.
<SHOEKKI PRESSES A BUTTON ON THE BIKE AND IT TURNS BACK INTO A CAPSULE; WITHOUT ANOTHER LOOK AT THE TWO, HE WALKS OFF, STILL WALKING AROUND LIKE THE DRUNKARD HE IS>
Ryori: <EMBARRASSED> I-I… I gotta go. <HE GETS UP; HIS EMOTIONALITY HAS CHANGED TO BEING MUCH MORE DEJECTED IN THIS SHORT TIME> Shoekki! Wait up!
<RYORI RUNS OFF AFTER SHOEKKI, LEAVING LEDAS ALONE>
<AFTER A FEW SECONDS, LEDAS TURNS BACK TO FACE WHERE THE BENEFACTOR WAS>
Ledas: <TO HIMSELF> Why am I seeing that thing?! I don’t want to listen to it…
<SHAKING HIS HEAD, LEDAS IS SURE HE IS NO LONGER SEEING ANYTHING; HE RUNS OFF; WHEN OUT OF SIGHT, HE TAKES TO THE AIR AND TO WEST CITY>
<HE FLIES EXTREMELY HIGH, SO NO ONE CAN SEE HIM>
<EVENTUALLY, LEDAS SPOTS SOMETHING; IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, HE DESCENDS, LANDING HARD INTO THE GRASS>
<HE GATHERS HIMSELF UP AND LOOKS UP AT THE GATE ABOVE HIM; IN FANCIED AND COLORED LETTERING, THERE IS A SIGN UPON THE GATE; IT READS “CAPSULE CORPORATION”; LEDAS CANNOT READ THAT, BUT HE SEES THE PICTURE OF A CAPSULE UNDER IT>
<HE OPENS – REALLY, BREAKS DOWN – THE GATE AND WALKS IN; UP AHEAD, HE SEES AN OLD MAN WITH A CAT ON HIS SHOULDER WORKING AT AN OPEN WORKBENCH; HE IS TALKING TO A MAN WITH ORANGE HAIR, AND CLAD IN DARK MILITARY FATIGUES; LEDAS NOTICES A RED ARM BAND ON THE SOLDIER, BUT HE CAN’T MAKE OUT WHAT IT MEANS; HE WAITS UNTIL THE ORANGE-HAIRED MAN LEAVES; SEEING THE OLDER MAN NOW ALONE, LEDAS WALKS TO HIM>
My Friend VegetaEdit
<CAMERA COMES INTO FOCUS; LEDAS AND DR. BRIEF ARE WALKING TOGETHER, OUTSIDE ON THE GRASS; IT IS STILL PRETTY BRIGHT OUT>
<LEDAS HAS HIS HOOD UP OVER HIS FACE TO KEEP HIS IDENTITY SUPER SECRET>
Dr. Brief: A gravity chamber? Now why would you need that, my boy?
Ledas: <MUMBLING> I just do. You have one, right? You have to know what they are.
Dr. Brief: Why yes, I have several different models. All more exciting than the last. However, I can’t see why a young boy like you would need one.
Ledas: <STILL MUMBLING> What’s the best one?
Dr. Brief: The model 14, but I’m not selling–
Ledas: <EMOTIONLESS> I’ll take it.
Dr. Brief: <STOPS WALKING> That would be rather expensive…
Ledas: Hmphh… <EXTENDS HIS LEFT ARM BEHIND HIM AND SHOOTS AN INVISIBLE BLAST THAT DETONATES IN A CLEAN LINE ACROSS THE GRASS> I never said I was paying.
Dr. Brief: <CLEARLY FRIGHTENED> Oh… I see. Look, there’s really no need–
Ledas: Shut up and get one already.
<DR. BRIEF NODS; HE TAKES THE LEAD AS LEDAS FOLLOWS HIM INTO AN OPEN HANGER; IT HAS VARIOUS VEHICLES AND DEVICES SCATTERED ABOUT; IN THE BACK, BEHIND A GLASS WALL ARE THREE SPHERICAL DEVICES, LOOKING QUITE SIMILAR TO GOKU’S/VEGETA’S GRAVITY ROOMS OF BEFORE>
<WRITTEN IN DARK LETTERING, ACROSS THE FRONT OF EACH OF THEM IS THE SIGN “MODEL 14.”; LEDAS CANNOT READ IT, BUT HE REALIZES THEY ARE THE GOOD ONES SINCE THEY ARE BEHIND THE GLASS>
Ledas: <POINTS TO THEM; HIS TAIL IS NOW OUT, FREE-FORM, SWINGING AROUND IN IRRITATION> Get me one of those… now!
<DR. BRIEF WALKS DOWN THE HANGER; AS HE DOES, BULMA ENTERS>
Bulma: Hi daddy!
Dr. Brief: <NERVOUS; BULMA DOES NOT PICK UP ON IT> Yes, hello dear. <HE JUMPS AS HE REMEMBERS WHAT HE IS DOING> Ah, where are my manners? <HE GESTURES TO LEDAS> This boy here is purchasing one of our Model 14s. An excellent choice, wouldn’t you say?
Bulma: <TURNS TO LEDAS AS THEY CONTINUE WALKING; SMUGLY> He must’ve brought a lot of… of… of…
<LEDAS IS LEANING UP AGAINST A WALL, NOT LOOKING AT THEM; BULMA CAN THEREFORE SEE HIS TAIL; SHE STOPS WALKING AND GOES ALL WHITE>
Bulma: <SLOWLY> Da-daddy… who is that boy?
Dr. Brief: Come dear, he promised not to destroy my laboratory if we give him a 14.
Bulma: <ANXIOUS; AFTER A FEW MOMENTS, SHE SPLITS OFF FROM DR. BRIEF; SUDDEN TURN TO MATTER OF FACT> I’ll go get Vegeta.
Dr. Brief: <EXACERBATED> No, no sweetie! It’s quite alright… <BULMA LEAVES WITHOUT HEARING HIM; QUIETLY, TO HIMSELF> It’s quite alright.
<SOME TIME PASSES, AND DR. BRIEF RETURNS WITH A CAPSULE IN HIS HAND; HE GIVES IT TO LEDAS>
Dr. Brief: There you go, my boy. One gravity suppression unit, as requested.
Ledas: <TAKES IT IN HIS HAND, BRINGS IT UP CLOSE TO HIS FACE, INSPECTING IT> Gravity… suppression? What does that mean?
Dr. Brief: <SUDDENLY EXCITED TO EXPLAIN AWAY> Well as you see, the MCP of previous models would constantly overheat, or run out of power. Invariably, I decided add several groups of suppression modules so as to allow a… person such as yourself to power the device indefinitely. As a consequence, it seems that very little energy is able to escape from the device.
Ledas: <EYES WIDEN> You mean… no one can sense me while I’m in there?!
Dr. Brief: Well, I…
Ledas: Thanks! <TURNS AROUND, RUNS OFF AND TAKES TO THE SKY>
<DR. BRIEF WATCHES HIM GO AS THE SUN STARTS TO SET>
<JUST THEN, BULMA ENTERS WITH A SMILE ON HER FACE>
Bulma: <ENTHUSIASTICALLY> Well daddy, it’s all been settled. Vegeta seemed real interested in this kid with the tail. He’s going to get your capsule back for you! <WATCHING THE SKY> Come on, Vegeta! What are you waiting for?
Dr. Brief: <SIGHS> Oh, Bulma you didn’t have get Vegeta involved. I didn’t want half the city destroyed over this…
<BULMA DOESN’T LISTEN TO HIM; SUDDENLY, OUT OF A CORNER OF THEIR COMPLEX, AN LIGHT BLUE AURA SHOOTS OFF; BULMA NOTICES>
Bulma: Huh, that’s Vegeta for you; waiting until the last second just to put on a show.
<LEDAS FLIES SUPER HIGH AGAIN; HE DOES NOT NOTICE VEGETA TAILING HIM>
<SUDDENLY, VEGETA CATCHES UP WITH LEDAS IN MIDAIR; HE IS ABOVE LEDAS AND HITS DOWNWARD ON THE BACK OF THE LATTER>
<LEDAS IS SENT FLYING DOWNWARD, IN PAIN AND PERPLEXED>
Ledas: What the?! Who are you?! <HE TURNS UPWARD, TO FACE HIS PURSUER; HE RECOGNIZES IT AS VEGETA, IMMEDIATELY; INSTINCTIVELY, HE MOVES BACKWARDS> No!
Vegeta: So, thief, wondering who I am?! Well, your luck’s run out. I bet you didn’t count on having to face me, the strongest warrior in the universe!
Ledas: <LAUGHS TO HIMSELF, EVEN AS HE IS INTERNALLY IN PANIC> Some things never change.
Vegeta: Find something funny, punk?
Ledas: Just the fact that you haven’t changed. <WITH THAT, LEDAS, STILL WITH HIS FACE COVERED BY HIS HOOD, LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT VEGETA AND BEGINS TO ATTACK.>
<THEY FIGHT FOR SEVERAL MOMENTS IN A BLOW EXCHANGE; NEITHER HOLDS AN EDGE OVER THE OTHER, HOWEVER>
<VEGETA FIRES OFF A GALICK GUN, AND LEDAS COUNTERS IT WITH HIS OWN VARIATION OF THE BLAST, A PLAYFUL GALICK>
<VEGETA IS SURPRISED BY THIS AND OVERPOWERED; HOWEVER WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, HE LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT LEDAS AND BATS HIM AWAY; LEDAS DROPS THE CAPSULE AND VEGETA CATCHES IT>
Vegeta: So thief! Who are you? Kakarot’s son? I never thought you would try to steal from me. You don’t even deserve to be a Saiyan!
Ledas: <VOICE RISES IN ANGER AS WELL AS DISBELIEF> I don’t know what you’re talking about!
Vegeta: Yeah, that’s right. <LAUGHS> Your good for nothing father died before you even met him.
<LEDAS, MISINTERPRETING THIS, RUSHES AND ELBOWS VEGETA IN THE RIBS; VEGETA DOUBLES OVER AND LEDAS TAKES THE CAPSULE BACK>
Vegeta: <GETTING IMPATIENT> Enough! <ATTACKS MORE FORCEFULLY, NOW LEDAS CANNOT KEEP UP; VEGETA PUNCHES HIM AWAY>
Ledas: <LOOKING DOWN> I didn’t want to have to do this. It’s too early… but you leave me no choice, Vegeta.
Vegeta: What? How do you know who I– <LEDAS GOES SUPER SAIYAN; HIS HOOD IS PUSHED BACK; HE PUNCHES VEGETA, MID-SENTENCE> No! Impossible! How can he be a Super Saiyan?!
<LEDAS TURNS TO FACE VEGETA, HIS EYES AGLOW; VEGETA IS SHOCKED BY THIS BUT DOES LIKEWISE, GOING SUPER SAIYAN AS WELL>
Ledas: Watch me.
Vegeta: <CALMS DOWN UPON TRANSFORMING> Even if you are a Super Saiyan, you don’t have nearly as much power or experience as I do! <LAUGHS> But don’t think that means I’ll go easy on you… little man.
<BOTH JUMP AT EACH OTHER AND ATTACK WITH A GREAT FLURRY OF BLOWS; THROUGHOUT THIS, THE TOWNSPEOPLE BELOW REMAIN COMPLETELY UNAWARE AND UNKNOWING OF THE STRUGGLE GOING ON ABOVE THEM>
<BLACK SCREEN; A WILD DIN OF VOICES CAN BE HEARD>
Reporter 1: Police Chief Nagamo! Police Chief Nagamo! Is there any word yet on how many casualties?
Reporter 2: What about how it was done? Was it a gas leak? Or arson? Or–
Reporter 3: Chief! What can you say about the reports coming in from the countryside? Could this be an attack?!
<THE SCREEN FADES TO COLOR; A MAN, OBVIOUSLY POLICE CHIEF NAGAMO, IS STANDING BEHIND A PODIUM, ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS OF A LARGE GROUP OF FRENZIED REPORTERS; HIS FACE IS GRAVE>
Police Chief Nagamo: We have no word yet on the number of casualties that occurred in several homes earlier today. We do know that it was a fire that started this – yes, it was a mere accident. There is no evidence, nor should there be any concern, that what occurred today was deliberate or part of some kind of crime. <HE SIGHS AND TURNS AWAY FROM THEM FOR A MOMENT BEFORE LOOKING BACK> That is all I can say for today. <WITH THE NOD OF HIS HEAD, NAGAMO LEAVES, WITH THE RAUCOUS VOICES BEHIND HIM GROWING IN VOLUME WITH EACH STEP HE TAKES>
<NAGAMO WALKS DOWN A HALLWAY; THE WALLS ARE WOODED AND THE LIGHTS ARE DIM; UP AHEAD HE COMES UPON A DOOR, WHICH IS THE ENTRANCE TO HIS OFFICE; HE ENTERS>
<INSIDE, A WELL DRESSED ELDERLY MAN HAS HIS BACK TO NAGAMO; HE IS FIDDLING WITH SOMETHING IN HIS HANDS>
Police Chief Nagamo: <SURPRISED AND SOMEWHAT IRRITATED> Can I help you?
Unknown Man: <STILL WITH HIS BACK TURNED, PLEASANTLY> Ah, Mr. Nagamo, how have you been? <HE TURNS AROUND WITH TWO GLASSES OF SOME KIND OF ALCOHOL IN HIS HANDS; HE OFFERS ONE TO NAGAMO>
Police Chief Nagamo: <TAKES THE GLASS; STILL SUSPICIOUS> I’m sorry… do I know you?
Unknown Man: <TAKES A DRINK> Perhaps not, but I do know you. You’re quite the <PAUSES FOR A MOMENT> charismatic leader, Nagamo. But moreover, you are just the man I need for my operation.
Police Chief Nagamo: <DOESN’T DRINK, SETS DOWN HIS GLASS> What operation? What are you talking about?
<THE DOOR BEHIND NAGAMO SUDDENLY SHUTS; TWO GUARDS, WHO ARE CLOTHED IN DARK MILITARY DRAB ARE STANDING BEHIND HIM; THEY HAVE THE INSIGNIA OF THE RED RIBBON ARMY ON THEIR ARMS; ONE WEARS A HELMET; THE OTHER DOES NOT, AND HAS ORANGE HAIR; NAGAMO BECOMES AGITATED WHEN HE SEES THEM; BUT HE TURNS BACK TO THE OLD MAN, SEEKING EXPLANATION>
Unknown Man: <TAKES SOMETHING OUT OF HIS SUIT POCKET; IT IS A SMALL PHOTOGRAPH; HE HANDS IT TO NAGAMO> My name is Cardinal. I am here because of that.
Police Chief Nagamo: <STARING AT THE PICTURE; HIS KNUCKLES GO WHITE> A-and you were authorized?
Cardinal: By the UN, yes. They’ve given me full control of all assets in the area. I am sure you know who I am. <NAGAMO NODS> Good. This can go smoothly if you choose to help the Red Ribbon Army with its task. This is a matter which I cannot leave to chance. If we do not act with perfect harmony, I fear many lives may be lost.
Police Chief Nagamo: <SLOWLY> There are reports… coming in from the countryside. I did not think them to be so close to the mark. If this is true–
Cardinal: <HOLDS UP HIS HAND> We can discuss specifics later, Chief. For now, I’d like you to meet my team… they have many theories for how to tackle this issue.
<CARDINAL AND NAGAMO EXIT, WITH THE TWO GUARDS FLANKING THEM; NAGAMO DROPS THE PICTURE AS HE GOES; AFTER THE DOOR CLOSES, THE CAMERA FOCUSES IN ON THE PICTURE; IT IS A PICTURE OF LEDAS’ SPACE POD, WHICH HE HAD FORGOTTEN>
<CAMERA CUTS TO LEDAS AND VEGETA’S FIGHT; LEDAS ATTACKS BUT IS COUNTERED; THE FIGHT IS NOT EVEN; VEGETA IS BEATING UP ON HIM, WITH RELATIVE EASE; LEDAS IS BLEEDING FROM HIS LOWER LIP>
Ledas: <IN HIS MIND> No, I can’t let him know it’s me yet… I need to get away, and fast.
<THE FIGHT CONTINUES AND VEGETA HAS NEARLY BEATEN LEDAS>
Vegeta: So, fool, given up yet? <HE PUSHES LEDAS BACK, WHO IS HUNCHED OVER IN MIDAIR, BREATHING HARD> Did you really think you could beat the Prince of all Saiyans?
Ledas: <BREATHLESS> No… Vegeta. I didn’t mean to fight you…
<VEGETA LAUGHS; LEDAS DISAPPEARS, THE QUICKLY REAPPEARS ABOVE VEGETA, HE FIRES A HUGE ENERGY BLAST POINT BLANK INTO THE PRINCE; VEGETA FALLS TO THE GROUND, UNCONSCIOUS>
Ledas: <BREATHING HARD STILL; WIPES BLOOD OFF OF HIS FACE> But you shouldn’t let your guard down, Vegeta. <COUGHS>
<LEDAS SLOWLY TURNS AROUND TO LEAVE, BUT QUICKLY GLANCES ONCE MORE AT THE UNCONSCIOUS VEGETA; A DISTRESSED EXPRESSION CROSSES HIS FACE, BUT AFTER A MOMENT, IT IS GONE>
<LEDAS FLIES HOME AND GOES TO HIS ROOM; HE PLACES THE CAPSULE IN A DRAWER ON HIS NIGHTSTAND NEXT TO HIS POUCH OF SAIBAMEN; INSIDE THAT NIGHTSTAND IS A PAIR OF PANTIES THAT HE SAVED; HE LOOKS THEM OVER FOR A MOMENT>
Ledas: <TO HIMSELF> Well, I don’t have any reason to keep them anymore. I guess I should return them.
<HE SETS HIS BACKPACK DOWN ON HIS BED AND EMPTIES IT; A MESS OF BOOKS AND PAPERS FALL OUT ONTO HIS BED>
<HE PICKS UP A PENCIL AND TRIES WRITING, TRYING TO MIMIC THE LETTERS HE SEES, BUT HE IS TERRIBLE AT IT; HE CAN NEITHER READ NOR WRITE, OBVIOUSLY>
Ledas: I dunno what I’m supposed to do with this stuff…
Mrs. Fanshi: <FROM THE OTHER ROOM> Ledas, dinner is ready!
Ledas: <HALF RESPONSE> Okay.
<HE LOOKS ONE MORE TIME AT THE CAPSULE, SAIBAMAN POUCH, AND PANTIES THAT HE STOLE IN THE DRAWER BEFORE CLOSING IT AND WALKING OUT; HE IS IN HIS BLACK SHORTS, WHITE SHIRT, AND SOCKS ONLY>
<LEDAS ARRIVES AT THE DINNER TABLE TO FIND THE FOOD LAID OUT FOR THEM WITH FANSHI ALREADY HAVING SET THE TABLE; SHE IS SITTING DOWN; LEDAS SITS DOWN>
<NOT WAITING, HE PLOWS INTO HIS FOOD USING HIS HANDS>
Mrs. Fanshi: Dear, slow down. That is no way to act while eating! Here, I will show you proper manners at the dinner table.
Mrs. Fanshi: The first thing you must learn is to never talk with your mouth full.
Ledas: But why?
Mrs. Fanshi: It is rude.
Mrs. Fanshi: Don’t backtalk me, Ledas. Now, do you know how use chopsticks?
Ledas: W-what’s chopsticks?
Mrs. Fanshi: Those there. <SHE POINTS TO WHAT IS NEXT TO HIM; THE CAMERA SHOWS IT UP CLOSE>
<LEDAS PICKS THE TWO STICKS UP, DUMBFOUNDED AT HOW TO USE THEM; FANSHI GETS UP AND HELPS HIM USE IT, GUIDING HIS HAND; HE SUBMITS; AS CAN BE SEEN, HE IS TERRIBLE WITH THEM, AND HE SPILLS HIS FOOD EVERYWHERE; AT ONE PANEL, HE GETS AGITATED, AND PUNCTURES HIS MEAT WITH ONE OF THEM, BUT FANSHI UNDOES THAT>
<THE PANELS MOVE BY QUICKLY; LEDAS DOES NOT GET HOW TO USE THE CHOPSTICKS FOR A FEW PANELS, BUT HE GRADUALLY BECOMES SEMI-COMPETENT; FANSHI CAREFULLY AND COMPASSIONATELY SHOWS HIM HOW TO EAT SLOWER, AND EAT SMALLER PORTIONS>
<THEY GO INTO THE NIGHT LIKE THIS, WITH FANSHI REALLY ACTING LIKE A MOTHER FIGURE TO LEDAS; LEDAS ACTUALLY TRIES TO LEARN FROM IT>
Mrs. Fanshi: <AS THEY CONTINUE> Your mother never taught you how to use these?
Mrs. Fanshi: Poor thing, you must have had a hard life. How long have you been living on your own?
Ledas: I don’t know. But it has been a long time.
<SHE SHAKES HER HEAD AND HELPS HIM, AGAIN, WITH HIS CHOPSTICKS>
Mrs. Fanshi: Well, you’re safe with me now, dear.
<HE NODS BUT DOES NOT SMILE, AS HE IS FOCUSED ON HIS FOOD ONCE AGAIN>
Ledas: Yeah, safe.
<THE NEXT DAY GOES BY, WITHOUT MUCH HAPPENING; AFTER SCHOOL, LEDAS STAYS WITH RYORI AS THE LATTER WAITS FOR HIS BROTHER TO COME AND PICK HIM UP>
<THE BOTH OF THEM ARE THE ONLY TWO LEFT AT SCHOOL AND ARE SITTING ON THE CURB OF A STREET>
Ryori: He’s my older brother. He’s really nice and all… just a little messed up.
<LEDAS JUST SITS THERE LISTENING, HE IS SOMEWHAT DISTRACTED; THE WOUND ON HIS LIP HAS HEALED SLIGHTLY BUT NO ONE HAS NOTICED IT YET>
Ryori: It’s not really his fault. He drinks a lot and does a lot of drugs…
Ledas: Drinking? What does that mean?
Ryori: You don’t know? Well… I guess it’s better if you don’t. But I can tell when he gets like that. I can see it in his eyes. When he gets like that… <RUBS HIS ARMS WHICH ARE SLIGHTLY BRUISED; LEDAS NOTICES> I’m just another fucked up kid to him.
Shoekki: <PULLS UP TO THE SIDE OF THE CURB, ON HIS MOTORCYCLE; IT IS RED; IN MOCKING SPIRIT, LAUGHING> He was close… because all I saw was a kid fucking everyone he could get his little hands on.
Ryori: <GETS UP> Nuh-uh! I don’t do that!
Shoekki: Like hell you don’t. What? You think I don’t know what my little bro’s up to? I know a lot more than you think.
Ryori: <GOES SCARLET> I’m not doing anything!
<BOTH SILENTLY FUME AT ONE ANOTHER FOR A FEW SECONDS>
Ryori: <BREAKING THE SILENCE> Why are you so happy, Shoekki?
Shoekki: <GRINS> I got a new girl today. Picked her up right before I came over here. And the best part of it all… she’s just like me! <HIS BALANCES STARTS TO WANE> Likes all the stuff I do.
Ryori: <BOWS HEAD, QUIETLY> Oh great.
Shoekki: <GRABS RYORI AND HELPS HIM UP ONTO THE BIKE> Come on, Ryori! It’ll be great… I promise.
<THE TWO GET ON THE MOTORCYCLE AND SPEED OFF; RYORI LOOKS EXTREMELY WORRIED AND DEJECTED; STRIKING WHEN COMPARED TO HIS ALPHA MALE PERSONALITY THAT NORMALLY WAS PRESENT AT SCHOOL>
<THE CAMERA SHIFTS TO ANOTHER PLACE, A ROOM HIGHLY ORNATE AND WOODED; IN IT ARE SEVERAL PEOPLE CONVERSING; AMONG THEM ARE CARDINAL AND NAGAMO; THE WALLS ARE LINED WITH RED RIBBON ARMY GUARDS; THE GUARD WITH THE ORANGE HAIR IS WITH CARDINAL AND NAGAMO>
Cardinal: So, <GESTURES AROUND TO THE FOUR OTHERS STANDING NEXT TO HIM> these are my operatives – Kindler, Dewberry, File, and my son, General Silver. We have, together, worked up several methods which can be employed to capture this being. Our only problem as of now is we do not have an identity for the creature.
Police Chief Nagamo: What do you mean?
Cardinal: As you may recall, Nagamo, two of these very same creatures, in the very same space ships came to this planet years back. Should I bring up the recordings?
Police Chief Nagamo: No, I remember it.
Cardinal: Good, good. <CONTINUES> A great deal of time and effort was spent tracking down several tapes of these creatures in action. From such tapes, we have gained three critical pieces of evidence. <PAUSES, TURNS TO ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES, THE MOST WELL DRESSED> Kindler, would you mind showing our gracious host what we have uncovered.
Kindler: Of course, sir. <MOVES FORWARD, AND POINTS TO A SCREEN THAT WAS OFF-SCREEN UNTIL NOW; IT HAS SEVERAL STILL PICTURES OF VEGETA AND NAPPA AS THEY WERE WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVED ON EARTH> From what we have deduced, these creatures look much like you and me… even if there are several minor differences.
Police Chief Nagamo: So you’re saying there could be any number of these things on earth?
Kindler: <LOOKS UP AT NAGAMO, WITH CONTEMPT> No, that’s utterly preposterous. These creatures are highly destructive and I doubt any could possibly live here in peace. For one, they are far more powerful than any normal human. And also, every one of them has a tail. <WRYLY> There have been no reports about any men with tails, recently.
Police Chief Nagamo: Oh, right. I guess that makes sense. <CURIOSITY OVERWHELMING> So what is the third piece of evidence?
Kindler: <CHANGES THE SCREEN TO PICTURES OF VEGETA TRANSFORMED INTO A GREAT APE> They turn into big monkeys when exposed to the moon. <PAUSES AS NAGAMO TAKES THIS IN> Yeah, I’m not even making that up.
Police Chief Nagamo: Yes, that’s interesting as well… but how will this help us catch the beast?
File: <FEMALE ASSOCIATE; REACHES FOR SOMETHING BELOW THE TABLE AND BRINGS IT UP; IT IS A WEIRD MECHANICAL DEVICE> With this. <GESTURES TO THE DEVICE> This is a blutz wave generator. It’s one of the few models produced by a… <SEARCHES FOR THE WORD> trusted manufacturer. The device will simulate our moon.
<NAGAMO TRIES TO RESPOND, CLEARLY NOT WANTING THEM TO TRANSFORM THE ALREADY DANGEROUS SUPPOSED ALIEN; BUT CARDINAL MOVES FORWARD>
Cardinal: <MOVES FORWARD> The reason we have told you this, Nagamo is that I will shortly be placing this device into the entire town. I would appreciate some kind of help in determining the most populated areas for exposure.
<NAGAMO SHIFTS HIS FEET, MOUTH AGAPE IN HORROR OF WHAT HE IS WITNESSING; HE LOOKS ONE MORE TIME AT THE PICTURE OF VEGETA TRANSFORMED AND THEN BACK OUT THE WINDOW TO HIS QUIET, AND PEACEFUL TOWN>
The Monster Inside Me…Edit
<A FEW DAYS PASS, WEEKS EVEN; BY THIS TIME LEDAS HAS GROWN A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE AROUND RYORI AND THE OTHER HUMANS; SEVERAL SCENES PASS OF HIM TRAINING IN HIS GRAVITY SUPPRESSION UNIT, IN SUPER SAIYAN, AT OVER 250G; HIS SAIBAMEN ARE SHOWN TO BE TRAINING ALONG WITH HIM IN THERE>
<A SCENE COMES UP WHERE LEDAS, RYORI, AND SEVERAL OTHER BOYS ARE ALL ENJOYING THEMSELVES AT AN ARCADE, COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS TO ANYTHING BAD GOING ON AROUND THEM; THE GROUP OF THEM ARE LAUGHING AND PLAYING AROUND; THE SCENE CHANGES TO THEM IN CLASS, SHOWING HOW RYORI LEADS THEM ALL, WHILE KYOKATOSHI ATTEMPTS TO HOLD THE ORDER; NOBODY RESPECTS HIM>
<RYORI IS SUCH AN ALPHA MALE; HE AND LEDAS DO NOT EVER PAY ATTENTION TO CLASS AND LEARN NOTHING; AT THE END, RYORI LEADS THE KIDS HE LIKES OUT OF THE CLASS WHEN IT IS OVER; THEY GO OUT TO A PLAYGROUND AND SIT AROUND, TALKING TO ONE ANOTHER INTO THE EVENING; LEDAS IS WITH THEM>
<AS THEY ARE WALKING BACK, LEDAS RUNS INTO A GIRL; IT IS MIKI, THE GIRL HE GAVE BACK THE PANTIES TO; THEY TALK, BUT IT IS UNSEEN WHAT THEY SAY; SHE SHOWS HIM SOMETHING BEFORE PARTING WAYS; THEN, THE TWO SAY GOODBYE AND PART WAYS>
<THE DAY TURNS TO NIGHT, AND LEDAS AND MRS. FANSHI SAY GOOD NIGHT TO EACH OTHER; BEFORE GOING TO HIS ROOM, HE GRABS AN APPLE AND WANDERS BACK TO HIS ROOM; HE CLOSES THE DOOR AND JUMPS INTO BED>
Ledas: <TAKES A BITE FROM HIS APPLE> I wonder where dad is? <LOOKS AROUND> Haven’t seen him for a while. <SUDDENLY LEDAS SHIVERS AND NOTICES HIS WINDOW IS OPEN> So cold…! <HE STARTS TO MOVE TO GET UP TO CLOSE IT, BUT THEN NOTICES A DARK FIGURE LYING ACROSS THE OUTSIDE OF HIS WINDOWSILL>
Ledas: Who’s there?!
<THE BEING LOOKS UP AT HIM, HIS FACE IS HOODED AND UNRECOGNIZABLE; INDEED HIS ENTIRE BODY IS COVERED IN DARK ROBES; SAVE FOR HIS CLAWED AND SCALED HANDS; THE BEING DOES NOT ANSWER LEDAS>
Ledas: <SHIVERS AGAIN> O-oh it’s you. I know you’re not real… stop bothering me! <WITH ANNOYANCE, LEDAS THROWS HIS HALF EATEN APPLE AT THE CREATURE, HITTING IT SQUARELY IN THE HEAD>
Creature: <SURPRISED SARCASM> Ow…
<LEDAS LETS IN A SHARP GASP, THINKING THE CREATURE MUST BE REAL; HE FALLS OFF THE EDGE OF HIS BED, ON THE FAR SIDE FROM THE WINDOW; WHEN HE GETS BACK UP, THE CREATURE IS GONE; LEDAS RETURNS TO BED, BUT DOES NOT SLEEP, HE IS VERY SHAKEN>
<CUTS TO CARDINAL’S HEADQUARTERS, WHICH IS IN THE POLICE STATION; SOME TIME HAS PASSED SINCE THE LAST MEETING; THE WALLS ARE COVERED IN PICTURES OF VEGETA AND NAPPA; AS WELL, THERE ARE PAPERS COVERED IN WRITING AND TYPING LITTERING THE TABLES AND DESKS; THE BLUTZ WAVE GENERATOR IS SITTING UNTOUCHED IN A CORNER; THERE ARE STILL RED RIBBON GUARDS LINING THE WALLS>
<CARDINAL, KINDLER, DEWBERRY, AND GENERAL SILVER ARE PRESENT (FILE IS NOT); POLICE CHIEF NAGAMO IS THERE AS WELL; BOTH CARDINAL AND KINDLER HAVE THEIR SUIT TOPS OFF, IN CLEAR FRUSTRATION AND IMPATIENCE; SILVER IS PACING AROUND, PLAYING WITH A KNIFE; DEWBERRY IS SITTING DOWN BECAUSE STANDING IS HARD FOR A FAT PERSON SUCH AS HIMSELF>
Police Chief Nagamo: No, I will not allow it! Absolutely not! If this thing actually is here, transforming it will only make it harder to capture!
Cardinal: We have no leads and no idea who it could be. The idea of shooting out the blutz wave over the city is to make sure that it is even here, not to actually capture it. No, that plan will come in due time.
Police Chief Nagamo: <WITH ANGER> And what happens when it transforms? Who’s to say it won’t go on a rampage and kill us all?
Kindler: <LAUGHS QUIETLY, TO HIMSELF; ARMS FOLDED> Seriously? Have you not been paying attention to what Mr. Cardinal and I have been telling you? When he transforms, we can easily regress him by removing the tail. And if he’s still feisty, we’ve got this. <HOLDS UP A STRANGE HELMET DEVICE>
Silver: <NOT LOOKING AT THEM; BORED> We’ve got plenty of soldiers for this. I can guarantee they can handle the alien. They know to go for his tail.
Police Chief Nagamo: But–
Cardinal: <FATHER’S TONE, ELEGANT> No “buts”, Nagamo. We are doing this, with your help or not. You can make this easier on us both by finding the most populated areas for us to release the waves upon. But if you refuse, we’ll just do the whole town anyways. It’s your choice. <HE SMILES> The UN placed me in charge for a reason. We have a situation that must be dealt with. And simply stalling us is helping no one. It is making no one safer. <GENTLER> Nagamo, these are your people, this is your town. If you co-operate and help us, we can bring the peace back. It won’t happen idly.
Police Chief Nagamo: <SIGHS> I can’t stop you then. Give me a few days, and I’ll see what I can pull together. I want you to know that I don’t approve of what you are doing, Cardinal. But we have no choice. I will let you use the device.
<CUTS BACK TO LEDAS, IN THE MORNING; HE WALKS TO SCHOOL, STUMBLING AND WHATNOT DUE TO HIM NOT GETTING ANY SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE; ON HIS WAY, HE PASSES BY THE HOUSES HE BLEW UP WEEKS BEFORE; THEY ARE JUST PILES OF ASH NOW; A STRANGE HOODED CHARACTER IS FOLLOWING HIM BUT HE HAS YET TO NOTICE IT>
<UPON GETTING TO SCHOOL, HE SLUMPS INTO HIS DESK, NOT EVEN SAYING HELLO TO RYORI; AFTER A FEW MOMENTS, HE IS FAST ASLEEP>
<MR. KYOKATOSHI CONTINUES TALKING AHEAD, AND DOES NOT NOTICE LEDAS; RYORI REACHES OVER TO LEDAS>
Ryori: <POKES LEDAS; WHISPERING> Psst! Ledas! Wake up, dude!
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE THIS IS GOING ON> So can I get a volunteer to do the problem?
Ledas: <SUDDENLY WAKES UP, SHOOTS BACK IN HIS CHAIR; HE NOTICES THE BENEFACTOR HALLUCINATION WHICH IS SITTING ON THE TEACHER’S DESK, OR RATHER LYING ACROSS IT LIKE LAST NIGHT; HE SCREAMS> What?!?! Who is it?! I don’t have any!
<RYORI SHOOTS BACK TO HIS DESK AT THIS AND KYOKATOSHI LOOKS OVER AT HIM>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <STRANGELY; WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM> Ah, Ledas. Come on up.
<LEDAS SHUFFLES UP TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASS, MR. KYOKATOSHI HANDS HIM A PIECE OF CHALK>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: Now, write out the answer for number 6.
Ledas: <VERY EMBARRASSED, TALKING QUIETLY> Oh, uh sir… I… dunno how to…
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <YELLS> Speak up, boy!
Ledas: <DOES, A LITTLE> I-I can’t… write or read.
Mr. Kyokatoshi <INCREDULOUSLY> You can’t read or write? <THE CLASS COLLECTIVELY LAUGHS, SAVE FOR RYORI> What, do you take me as some kind of fool? <HE BACKHANDS LEDAS ACROSS THE FACE>
Ledas: <DOES NOT MOVE AFTER BEING HIT, HE STARES BACK UP AT KYOKATOSHI> I can’t, sir.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: If you don’t know the answer, simply say so. <HIS VOICE AND TEMPER ARE RISING> But do not stand here and lie to my face that you have been doing nothing, nor gaining anything from my teachings these past months!
The Benefactor: <LOOKING AT HIS FINGERS, INSPECTING; NONCHALANTLY> Kill him, kid.
<LEDAS IS ABOUT TO RESPOND, BUT INSTEAD TURNS TO THE BENEFACTOR AS HE HEARS THIS>
Ledas: I’m not lying.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: You can’t read or write? Do you really think that’s believable?
Ledas: <STARING MR. KYOKATOSHI DOWN; NOT AFRAID> It doesn’t matter if you believe it.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: Don’t you speak to me like that! <HE SLAPS LEDAS AGAIN> You can’t read or write? Are you that stupid? Really?!
The Benefactor: Let them watch. Kill him and let them watch. Show them what you are.
<LEDAS LOOKS AT THE BENEFACTOR AND THEN LOOKS AT RYORI AND THE OTHERS>
Ledas: <IN HIS MIND> I’d kill this human in a second if they weren’t watching. But I can’t do it here.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: Return to your desk, Ledas. After class you have detention. Do not backtalk about it. Now go.
<WITH HIS CONTEMPT, HE TURNS BACK AWAY FROM LEDAS AND CONTINUES THE LECTURE; LEDAS STAYS WITH HIS HEAD DOWN FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS, TO HIDE HIS TEARS>
<AFTER SCHOOL IS OVER, LEDAS GETS UP AND WALKS OUT, IGNORING KYOKATOSHI YELLING AT HIM TO STAY FOR DETENTION>
<RYORI CHASES HIM OUT>
Ryori: Ledas! Come back… you can come over my place if you want to! Ledas!
<LEDAS RUNS OUT, TOO FAST AND IS SOON TOO FAR AWAY; RYORI STANDS ALONE IN THE EMPTY HALL>
<RYORI TURNS BACK AROUND, DISAPPOINTED, TO A RED MOTORCYCLE WAITING FOR HIM; ON IT IS HIS BROTHER SHOEKKI, AS WELL AS HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND; SHE IS THE VERY SAME WOMAN WHO WAS ON CARDINAL’S TEAM – FILE; RYORI GETS ON, THOUGH HE IS NOT VERY HAPPY>
<UP AHEAD, LEDAS TAKES OFF, AWAY FROM FANSHI’S HOME, AND FLIES FOR SOME TIME; HE IS CLEARLY ANGRY>
<AFTER SOME TIME, HE STOPS OVER A TOWN AND TURNS TO THE BENEFACTOR HALLUCINATION FOLLOWING HIM>
Ledas: <IN A SHOUT> Why are you following me?!
The Benefactor: <CLEANING HIS FINGERNAILS, NOT LOOKING AT LEDAS> I’m just along for the ride.
Ledas: <SHOOTS A SMALL KI BLAST AT HIM> Leave me alone!
The Benefactor: <LOOKS UP AND SMILES, THEN GOES BACK TO HIS WORK> You should have killed your teacher. I know you hate him.
Ledas: He doesn’t even do proper training! It was all just a big scam! That stupid human! He doesn’t know who I am!
The Benefactor: You still did not kill him. A coward’s move, I think. Teuaheahueah. <AFTER HE LAUGHS, THE BENEFACTOR BREAKS INTO NOTHINGNESS, LIKE THE SHATTERING OF GLASS>
<AT THIS, LEDAS GETS MAD AND TURNS AROUND AND SHOOTS A FLURRY OF HIS ENERGY BLASTS INTO THE TOWN BELOW HIM, DESTROYING THE ENTIRE THING; HE SCREAMS AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS WHILE DOING THIS>
<AFTER SEVERAL SECONDS, LEDAS STOPS, HE IS PANTING HARD AND PERHAPS TEARY EYED; HE TAKES OUT HIS POUCH OF SAIBAMEN, WHICH HE HAD BEEN CARRYING WITH HIM; HE BRIEFLY TOYS WITH THE IDEA OF SETTING THEM LOOSE>
<HE NOTICES THERE IS STILL SOME MOVEMENT BELOW, HE TURNS AND READIES AN ENERGY BLAST TO DECIMATE THE REMAINS; BEFORE HE CAN THROW IT, A BLUR, QUICK AS LIGHTNING, COMES BY AND HITS HIM ACROSS THE FACE; LEDAS STOPS, AND CLUTCHES AT HIS FACE, WHERE A HUGE CUT HAS MATERIALIZED; HE DROPS HIS POUCH OF SAIBAMEN; HE WIPES THE BLOOD AWAY AND TURNS TO HIS NEW FOE>
Piccolo: So you’re the one I sensed fighting with Vegeta. <HIS ARMS ARE FOLDED SO HE NODS TO LEDAS’ FREE HANGING TAIL> You’re not any of Goku’s children, and you’re certainly not Trunks. So who are you? <LEDAS DOESN’T ANSWER; ANGER RISING> Fine, be that way. But by destroying that city down there, by ending all those innocent lives, I have no choice but to kill you. Are you ready? Let’s go!
<PICCOLO TAKES OFF HIS WEIGHTED CLOTHES AND THROWS THEM AWAY; HE BEGINS POWERING UP>
<LEDAS PULLS BACK HIS HOOD AND IN A DEAFENING SCREAM TURNS TO SUPER SAIYAN; HE LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT PICCOLO>
Like An AppleEdit
<THIS CHAPTER PICKS UP IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST; LEDAS, IN SUPER SAIYAN, LAUNCHES HIMSELF AT PICCOLO WITH ALL HIS FURY; PICCOLO IS UNREADY, STILL TRYING TO POWER UP AND THUS GETS SMACKED IN THE HEAD, HARD; HE FLIES BACK SEVERAL FEET, BUT NOT BEFORE SENDING OFF AN ENERGY BLAST IN RETALIATION; LEDAS BRUSHES IT ASIDE>
<PICCOLO JUMPS BACK AND SHOOTS DOWN INTO THE GROUND AND THE RUBBLE; LEDAS FOLLOWS HIM; BUT IT IS A TRAP AND PICCOLO EMERGES FROM BEHIND LEDAS, SWIPING HIM, FROM THE LEFT SIDE>
<LEDAS IS THROWN TO THE SIDE, BUT TWISTS AS HE FALLS, SENDING A FLURRY OF RAZOR BLASTS INTO PICCOLO’S FACE; PICCOLO RETREATS AGAIN INTO THE RUBBLE>
<LEDAS STANDS UP AND LOOKS AROUND; HE SENDS OFF SEVERAL SMALL INVISIBLE BLASTS WITH HIS RIGHT HAND EXTENDED IN A SEMI-CIRCLE AROUND HIM; AFTER A FEW SECONDS, THE HALF BROKEN HOMES AND WHATNOT AROUND ALL EXPLODE; A BRIEF SHOT IS SHOWN OF A KI BLAST HITTING RIGHT NEAR THE POUCH OF SAIBAMEN, CAUSING ALL OF THEIR SEEDS TO FALL OUT>
<LEDAS TURNS AROUND, JUST IN TIME TO SEE PICCOLO STANDING BEHIND HIM, READYING A SPECIAL BEAM CANON>
<PICCOLO SHOOTS OFF THE BEAM; LEDAS BARELY MOVES OUT OF THE WAY; THE BEAM HITS HIM SQUARE IN THE LEFT SHOULDER>
<IN PAIN, LEDAS DROPS TO HIS KNEES SCREAMING, AND GRASPS AT HIS SHOULDER WITH HIS OTHER ARM; AT THE SAME TIME HOWEVER, PICCOLO STARTS WEAVING AROUND, CIRCLING HIM; LEDAS SHOOTS A BUNCH OF SMALL BLASTS AT HIM WITH HIS LEFT ARM>
<PICCOLO AFTERIMAGES AROUND, CONFUSING LEDAS; HE RUNS FORWARD AND KICKS LEDAS IN THE CHIN, SENDING HIM FLYING INTO A BUILDING>
<PICCOLO RELAXES FOR A MOMENT, CATCHING HIS BREATH; BUT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, LEDAS COMES FLYING BACK OUT, PUNCHING PICCOLO IN FACE>
<THEY BOTH TUMBLE INTO ANOTHER BUILDING, HALF DESTROYED; LEDAS LANDS ON TOP OF PICCOLO BUT IS PUSHED OFF ALMOST IMMEDIATELY>
<BOTH ROLL AROUND, CHANGING DOMINANCE SEVERAL TIMES; EVENTUALLY PICCOLO PINS LEDAS DOWN AND GRABS HIS THROAT WITH HIS ARMS; PICCOLO BEGINS TO SUFFOCATE HIM>
Piccolo: <IN THE STRUGGLE, HIS NAILS ARE DIGGING DEEP INTO LEDAS NECK, CAUSING MUCH BLOOD TO SPILL ABOUT; LEDAS STARTS CONVULSING, NEARLY UNCONSCIOUS; FOR SEVERAL SECONDS THIS CONTINUES, IN AN ALMOST EERIE QUIET, SAVE FOR THE FUMBLING AROUND OF LEDAS’ BODY ON THE FLOOR; AT THIS TIME, PICCOLO LETS UP A BIT AND BRINGS HIS FACE WITHIN AN INCH OF THE SAIYAN’S> Who are you?!
<LEDAS DOES NOT ANSWER, BUT STARES BACK WITH ANGER AND PAIN; AFTER A SECOND OR SO, HE HEADBUTTS PICCOLO, CAUSING THE NAMEKIAN TO REEL BACK; HE UNPINS HIS RIGHT HAND AND USES IT TO PUNCH, WITH ALL HIS FORCE, PICCOLO’S LEFT ARM, BREAKING IT>
<PICCOLO, HOWLING IN PAIN, FALLS OFF OF LEDAS>
<LEDAS GASPS, CLUTCHING AT HIS NECK FOR SEVERAL SECONDS; AS PICCOLO RECOVERS, HE GETS UP TOO>
<BOTH READY BLASTS AND SHOOT THEM AT ONE ANOTHER; A BEAM STRUGGLE BEGINS, BUT THEY ARE ONLY MERE FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER; PICCOLO AND LEDAS START CIRCLING IN THE ROOM, EACH WITH ONE ARM EXTENDED, FOR THEIR PART OF THE BEAM STRUGGLE>
<THEY GET CLOSER, NOW ONLY ABOUT SIX FEET APART; EACH ONE IS PUTTING ALL OF THEIR ENERGY INTO THE STRUGGLE; A GREAT WIND IS BEING LET OFF FROM THE STRUGGLE AND THE WINDOWS OF THE BUILDING ALL SHATTER; THE WALLS GET BLOWN AWAY AS WELL>
<SUDDENLY, LEDAS LETS UP; HE DISSIPATES HIS BEAM AND TELEPORTS TO BEHIND PICCOLO AT THE SAME TIME; PICCOLO CANNOT REACT FAST ENOUGH, AS THE FORCE OF HIS OWN BEAM CAUSES HIM TO TRIP FORWARD>
<LEDAS JUMPS UP INTO THE AIR AND FALLS DOWN ON THE BACK OF PICCOLO, ELBOWING HIM HIGH IN THE NECK>
<HE FLIPS OVER PICCOLO AND PINS HIM HARD TO THE FLOOR>
Ledas: <TAKES HIS RIGHT AND PUTS IT OVER PICCOLO’S FACE; BREATHING HARD> You know… Vegeta was a lot stronger than you. <WITH THAT, HE SENDS OFF A KYORRA FLASH, DETONATING IT IN PICCOLO’S FACE; DUST AND DEBRIS FILL THE AIR, AND WHEN THEY SETTLE, PICCOLO IS GONE>
<LEDAS SIGHS AND LOOKS AROUND AT ALL THE CARNAGE; WITH A SMIRK AND ONE MORE FEELING OF HIS BLOODY SHOULDER, LEDAS JUMPS INTO THE AIR AND DASHES OFF, BACK HOME>
<BEYOND, MAYBE 50 METERS AHEAD, PICCOLO EMERGES FROM THE RUBBLE, AND COLLAPSES ON THE GROUND; WITHOUT ANOTHER THOUGHT, HE SLIPS INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS>
<NEARBY, THE SAIBAMEN HAVE TRANSFORMED DUE TO THE ENERGY OUTPUT FROM PICCOLO’S AND LEDAS’ FIGHT; THEY ARE CRAWLING AROUND THE MOSTLY DESTROYED CITY, CACKLING AWAY; ALL BUT ONE OF THEM ARE RED>
<THEY SHOOT KI BLASTS, DESTROYING MORE AND MORE OF THE CITY; SOME SURVIVORS ATTEMPT TO FLEE AND ARE QUICKLY SHOT WITH KI; THE SAIBAMEN ALL REACH A PLAYGROUND WHICH ISN’T DAMAGED TOO MUCH; THEY QUICKLY START PLAYING ON IT; WELL, MOST OF THEM, ANYWAY; WILDE, THEIR LEADER, IS NONE TO PLEASED WITH THEIR ACTIONS>
Wilde: <SAIBA-SPEAK> Get back in the pouch. Master won’t like this!
Oppa: <SAIBA-SPEAK; JUMPS PAST WILDE, SHOOTING MORE FLEEING HUMANS> No! I won’t! Master hasn’t let us kill meatbags in too long!
Poy: <SAIBA-SPEAK> Kill them!
Ame: <SAIBA-SPEAK> I call dibs on these ones! <HE SHOOTS A BIG KI BALL AT A GROUP OF HUMANS, KILLING THEM ALL>
<WILDE ATTEMPTS TO STOP THE OTHER SIX, BUT IS UNSUCCESSFUL; AS HE IS TRYING TO GET THEM TO STOP, A FORCE OF HUMANS APPEARS BEFORE THEM>
Silver: <INTO HIS RADIO> This looks like the work of the alien. There’s still explosions going off, father. He must be here.
Cardinal: <OVER SILVER’S RADIO> Activate the Blutz Wave Generator.
Silver: <RUNS FORWARD WITH HIS GARRISON OF SOLDIERS; THEY SEE THE SEVEN SAIBAMEN AHEAD AT THE PLAYGROUND> Wait… there’s seven of them. And they don’t look human.
Cardinal: <OVER SILVER’S RADIO> Very well, Silver. Kill them or come back. Your call. Either way, I want that generator kept safe.
<CARDINAL CUTS THE COMMUNICATION>
Silver: I’m no coward. <TO HIS MEN> Focus your fire on one creature at a time! Come on, let’s kill some alien scum!
<HE LEADS THE CHARGE AGAINST THE SAIBAMEN>
<CUTS TO LEDAS, WHO HAS LANDED AT A CLEARING IN THE WOODS NEAR FANSHI’S HOUSE; THIS IS WHERE HE KEEPS HIS GRAVITY SUPPRESSION UNIT; HE OPENS ITS DOOR AND WALKS UP THE RAMP INSIDE; AS HE REACHES INSIDE, HE PUTS A HAND IN HIS POCKET TO GET HIS SAIBAMEN>
Ledas: Where’d my Saibamen go? <SUDDENLY, HE REMEMBERS DROPPING THEM WHEN PICCOLO ATTACKED; HE TURNS AROUND, SENSING THEM WREAKING HAVOC IN THE DISTANCE> Oh no…
<CUTS BACK TO THE SAIBAMEN; THE RED RIBBON ARMY IS ATTACKING THEM, BUT THEY ARE COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE; ANY SOLDIERS WHO ATTACK ARE MOWED DOWN BY KI BLASTS; WILDE IS STILL ATTEMPTING TO GET THEM UNDER CONTROL>
Wilde: <SAIBA-SPEAK> Master will kill us for this! Carawa listen to me!
Carawa: <SAIBA-SPEAK; SHOOTS A RED RIBBON ARMY SOLDIER, THEN TURNS AROUND> Fine, I’ll go.
<OPPA IS STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF A GROUP OF SOLDIERS; HE RIPS THEM TO PIECES AND LAUGHS AS HE DOES IT; HE APPEARS TO FRENZIED TO WORK WITH>
Wilde: <SAIBA-SPEAK> Oppa, come on!
<WILDE GROWLS THEN SHOOTS OPPA THROUGH THE NECK, KILLING HIM; SES, AME, SONFLA, AND POY ALL TURN AROUND IN SHOCK; POY GETS EXTREMELY MAD AND CHARGES UP AN ATTACK TO SHOOT AT WILDE>
Poy: <SAIBA-SPEAK> He was my brother!
<POY JUMPS AT WILDE, BUT IS BLOWN IN HALF BEFORE HE REACHES THE COMMANDER; FROM THE SIDE, CARAWA HAS FIRED A BLAST AND KILLED POY; SES AND AME ARE SHOCKED>
Sonfla: <SAIBA-SPEAK; HE IS THE ONLY GREEN SAIBAMAN> Why would you kill our brothers?!
Wilde: Shut up, runt. No one disobeys master! We must go before he gets angry at us.
Sonfla: You aren’t master! You don’t tell me what to do!
Wilde: Then you die too! <WILDE SHOOTS A BLAST AT SONFLA, SENDING THE GREEN SAIBAMAN FLYING BACK> Now we go!
<HE AND CARAWA IMMEDIATELY RUN; SES AND AME DON’T RESIST AND FOLLOW AS WELL; BEFORE TOO LONG, THEY ARE OUT OF SIGHT OF THE RED RIBBON ARMY; AS THEY CONTINUE RUNNING, THEY HEAR A SOUND BEHIND THEM; LEDAS LANDS ON THE GROUND; HE LOOKS ANGRY AS HE APPROACHES THEM>
Ledas: <YELLING> What happened?!
Ledas: <COUNTING ONLY FOUR SAIBAMEN> Where are the other three? I don’t sense them anywhere.
<AME SHAKES HIS HEAD AND DRAWS HIS FINGER ACROSS HIS THROAT; LEDAS REALIZES WHAT THIS MEANS; HE IS SUDDENLY OVERCOME WITH EMOTION AND FALLS TO THE GROUND; HE CRIES, REALIZING THAT THREE OF HIS CHERISHED PETS HAVE DIED>
<CUTS TO LATER IN THE DAY; BACK AT CARDINAL’S HEADQUARTERS; DEWBERRY AND FILE ARE WITH CARDINAL; THEY WALK DOWN A HALL INTO ANOTHER ROOM; THIS ONE IS PACKED FULL OF SOLDIERS; AT THEIR HELM IS SILVER>
Silver: It took a lot of my men, but we’ve got one, father.
Cardinal: Show me.
<SILVER SMIRKS AND PRESSES A BUTTON; A BLAST SHIELD IN FRONT OF THEM RETRACTS BACK, REVEALING A CREATURE BEHIND A SEE-THROUGH WINDOW; IT IS SONFLA, LEDAS’ GREEN SAIBAMAN, AND HE LOOKS BADLY WOUNDED; HE IS SUSPENDED IN THE AIR, HELD UP BY CABLES>
Cardinal: You’ve done well, my son. Making you the Supreme General of the new Red Ribbon Army is certainly paying off. Now, <HE GESTURES TO SOME SCIENTISTS NEAR HIM> interrogate this creature. I want to know everything it knows about the alien with the tail.
<SEVERAL DAYS HAVE PASSED, MAYBE EVEN A WEEK>
<LEDAS IS IN RYORI’S HOUSE; IT IS SOMEWHAT MESSY AND FILTHY>
<MOST OF HIS WOUNDS HAVE HEALED, BUT HE IS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE SLICE ON HIS LEFT CHEEKBONE; HE HAS A SWOLLEN LIP>
<RYORI AND HIM ARE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, HAVING A GRAND TIME WITH IT ALL; IN A ROOM TO THEIR RIGHT, BEHIND A COUCH; THEY CAN HEAR SHOEKKI AND HIS GIRLFRIEND MAKING A TON OF NOISE; RYORI KNOWS WHAT IT IS AND IGNORES IT; LEDAS DOES NOT>
Ledas: What are they doing back there? It sounds like they’re in pain.
Ryori: <LOW VOICE> It’s not pain. They just can’t control themselves. Well at least they’re not doing drugs… or at least I hope not.
<THE TWO PLAY FOR SEVERAL MORE SECONDS>
Ryori: <STARING AT THE SCREEN, PLAYING> What did Mr. Kyokatoshi give you for skipping out on detention last week?
Ledas: Well… I have personal detention with him for the rest of the month.
Ryori: Man, that sucks.
Ledas: Yeah, I guess…
Ryori: I hate detention with him. There’s never any other teachers around so he always hits us. Has he done that with you yet? <GETTING REALLY DRAWN IN BY THE VIDEO GAME>
Ledas: <NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT> A few times. He mostly does that in class, though.
Ryori: Yeah, I remember… <BRINGS HIS CONTROLLER UP TO HIS FACE, PLAYIN’ HARD> I wish he would just drop dead.
<LEDAS LOOKS AT RYORI WHEN HE SAYS THIS BUT AT THIS EXACT MOMENT, SHOEKKI AND HIS GIRLFRIEND COME OUT; SHOEKKI IS IN NOTHING BUT BOXERS; HIS GIRLFRIEND HAS A LITTLE MORE ON>
Shoekki: <STUMBLES OUT, LAUGHING> Oh, hi! How are ya guys? You met my new girlfriend yet? Her name is–
Ryori: <WAVES ONE HAND, THE OTHER STILL CLUTCHING HIS CONTROLLER> Yeah, yeah that’s nice.
Shoekki: <JUMPS FORWARD; THERE IS ALCOHOL AND OTHER UNMENTIONABLE THINGS ON HIS BREATH> Jeez… ya both still playing? You’ve been doing that all day… <SLURRED SLIGHTLY> whadontcha go ousside…? Get some exercise…
Ryori: <PUSHES AT HIS BROTHER> Come on, Shoekki, leave us alone.
Shoekki: <WOBBLES OVER TO THEM; SUPER CALM, SUDDENLY> You know Ryori, you’re my little bro… and I’ve gotta take care of ya.
Ryori: Why don’t you take care of yourself first?
<SHOEKKI LAUGHS AT THIS, WAVING HIS HAND AT BOTH OF THE KIDS; BUT AFTER A FEW SECONDS HE GOES BACK INTO HIS ROOM WITH FILE; THE TWO CONTINUE THEIR PREVIOUS ENDEAVOR>
<LATER THAT NIGHT, LEDAS GOES, ALONE, TO THE SCHOOL; IT IS ABANDONED AND QUIET; HE MAKES HIS WAY TO MR. KYOKATOSHI’S OFFICE; HE ENTERS>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <LOOKS UP FROM HIS DESK, BEHIND A STACK OF PAPERS> Ledas. Good, I was beginning to think you wouldn’t come.
Ledas: <SOMEWHAT ANGRY> How much longer do I have to do this?
Mr. Kyokatoshi: What, you don’t like your punishment?
Ledas: <SLIPS INTO A DESK, STILL MASSAGING HIS HURTING SHOULDER> It’s a waste of time. I have better things to do.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: I am your teacher. Your duty is to me and your studies. Everything, <MORE FORCEFULLY> everything I have you do is important.
Ledas: <GETTING ANGRY> Yeah, ‘cept this.
The Benefactor: <MATERIALIZES, LYING ACROSS A DESK NEXT TO LEDAS; MESSING WITH HIS FINGERNAILS> Some people don’t deserve to live.
Mr. Kyokatoshi: Fine then! I will take more drastic measures. You will submit to my authority! <HE REACHES FOR SOMETHING>
Ledas: <DIRECTED AT THE BENEFACTOR; KYOKATOSHI INTERPRETS IT TO BE AT HIM> I don’t think that’s a good idea…
Mr. Kyokatoshi: What you think doesn’t matter, I am your superior.
The Benefactor: <FORCEFULLY> Kill him.
Ledas: <BOWS HIS HEAD, TRYING TO IGNORE THE BENEFACTOR> Don’t say that!
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <WALKS RIGHT UP TO LEDAS, GETS CLOSE TO HIS FACE; HE HAS A RULER IN HIS HAND> I AM YOUR SUPERIOR!
The Benefactor: Would you submit to such a weak animal? Have you days in slavery taught you nothing? <LAUGHS> End this little game, now.
Ledas: Shut uuuup!! <YELLS, OUT OF SHEER FRUSTRATION AND ANGER; HIS EYES TURN GREEN, HIS HAIR YELLOW; BUT THIS TIME IT’S NOT LIKE BEFORE; HE HAS TURNED FULL POWERED SUPER SAIYAN, A STATE WHICH HE RECENTLY ACQUIRED THROUGH TRAINING; LEDAS’ AURA PUSHES MR. KYOKATOSHI AWAY; HE HITS THE WALL; HIS NOSE STARTS BLEEDING; HE DROPS HIS RULER>
Mr. Kyokatoshi: You insolent bastard! You dare strike at your teacher? <GETS UP, AND WALKS TOWARD LEDAS WITH PURPOSE>
<WHEN GETTING THERE HE TRIES TO SMACK LEDAS ACROSS THE FACE, BUT LEDAS DODGES IT>
Ledas: I told you to leave me alone!
Mr. Kyokatoshi: <SHAKING; HE SEES LEDAS’ CHANGED APPEARANCE, CAUSING HIM TO RUN BACK TO HIS DESK> Y-y-you monster. <KNEELS, BLEEDING; SUDDENLY REACHES TO HIS DESK, TAKING A HAND GUN FROM ONE OF THE DRAWERS> Ah! H-how… dare… you!
<HE SHOOTS THE GUN AT LEDAS, BUT LEDAS EASILY MOVES OUT OF THE WAY; MR. KYOKATOSHI’S EYES WIDEN; LEDAS SHOOTS HIM WITH AN ENERGY BLAST, POINT BLANK, DECAPITATING HIM>
<LEDAS RUNS OUT OF THE ROOM, LEAVING NOTHING BUT A CORPSE AND A BENEFACTOR BEHIND>
<IT IS SUNSET; THE CAMERA PANS ACROSS A VAST TERRAIN, COMING UP UPON KORIN’S MYTHICAL TOWER>
<UP ON THE TOWER, VOICES ARE COMING OUT, SOMEWHAT LOUDLY AND WITH ANNOYANCE>
Korin: <PERCHED ATOP A RAILING; BACK TURNED TO THE TOWER> What is it now?
Yajirobe: <RUMMAGING THROUGH SOMETHING BEHIND> Argh, there’s no food here. I’m starving!
Korin: <WRYLY, BACK TURNED TO YAJIROBE> You look like it too.
Yajirobe: You stupid old cat, maybe you don’t have to eat, but I do. My stomach’s on empty, man.
Korin: <STILL STARING OUT AT THE SUNSET, THROWS SOME SENZU BEANS BACK AT YAJIROBE> Here, have some of these.
Yajirobe: <SWATS THEM ASIDE> Enough with those stupid beans. I want some real food.
Korin: Heh heh heh. Why don’t you go into town and get some? And pick up a girl and get married…
Yajirobe: Whatever man. <GRUMBLING> But I’m not getting you any catnip.
<YAJIROBE TAKES OUT, WITH INDIGNATION, A CAPSULE AND TURNS IT INTO A HOVER CAR; HE HOPS IN IT AND FLIES OFF>
Korin: Heh heh heh. <WATCHING HIM GO> Maybe he won’t come back.
<CUTS TO CARDINAL AND NAGAMO; THEY ARE ALONE, OUTSIDE; IT IS DARK NOW AND THEY ARE SITTING IN FRONT OF A VAST EXPANSE OF GRASS AND WHATNOT>
Cardinal: <SOFTLY, SIPPING ON SOME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE> We’ve identified all members of his detention schedule. They’ll all be present at the ballet tonight. <TAKES ANOTHER DRINK> I’ve already sent Dewberry and Kindler there to set up the equipment.
Police Chief Nagamo: <STARING OUT, STONY FACED> And you need my resources? I can send all the cars if you need them.
Cardinal: It’s not just that. We will you to work some damage control… obviously whoever killed that teacher is the alien. And obviously the alien will be in that theater. When he or she transforms, I doubt anyone will know what is going on. You need to be there to assure the public that it was nothing. That they are safe. And they will be. I have plenty of soldiers lying in wait. They will cut the alien’s tail when the transformation takes place.
Police Chief Nagamo: I can exaggerate, yes. That’s part of my job. But how can I possibly tell the people that what they will witness with their own eyes didn’t happen?
Cardinal: <REACHES OVER AND PATS NAGAMO ON THE SHOULDER> Well I’m sure you’ll think of something, Nagamo.
<SCREEN FADES, THEN REFOCUSES ON A BUILDING; THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND IT, MOSTLY STUDENTS; THEY ARE ALL TALKING AND LOLLYGAGGING ABOUT; THE NOISE CAN BE HEARD ALL THROUGH TOWN; INSIDE ARE MORE STUDENTS>
<LEDAS AND RYORI, AFTER WADING THROUGH A GREAT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE REACH THEIR SEATS, WITHIN A HIGH THEATER; THEY SIT DOWN AND BEGIN TO TALK AS OTHERS POUR IN, AND THE STAGE GETS PREPARED>
Ryori: <LEANS OVER TO LEDAS, WHO IS ON HIS RIGHT; HE IS WHISPERING> Hey Ledas, did you hear about Mr. Kyokatoshi?
Ledas: <UNCOMFORTABLY> Uh… no.
Ryori: Well I heard he went insane and ran off into the countryside. Nobody’s seen him all weekend.
<SOME OTHER STUDENTS COME IN AND SIT NEXT TO THEM, THEY ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT MR. KYOKATOSHI>
Student 1: Yeah, I’m not kidding. I saw them myself!
Student 2: But who could have done that to Mr. Kyokatoshi?
<RYORI’S ATTENTION SUDDENLY BECOMES FOCUSED ON THEIR CONVERSATION>
Ryori: Wait, what happened to Kyokatoshi?
Student 1: Oh, Ryori… you didn’t hear? He’s dead. There were police all over the school! Ya should have seen it.
Ryori: <EYES WIDEN, BUT NOT IN SADNESS> What? He’s dead? Who did it?!
Student 1: No one knows… it just happened.
Ryori: <SITS BACK IN HIS CHAIR, LOOKS LIKE HIS IS DEEP IN THOUGHT; QUIETLY> Isn’t that weird, Ledas? A few days ago, I said I wanted him to drop dead.
Ledas: <SLIPS LOWER INTO HIS SEAT> Yeah, that’s weird.
Ryori: <SUPER CHILDISH> Bu-but… I didn’t mean it. You know that, right?!
<BEFORE LEDAS CAN ANSWER, THE LIGHTS DIM, AND THE SCHOOL PLAY BELOW BEGINS; THERE IS NO MORE MENTION OF KYOKATOSHI BETWEEN THEM>
<AS THE PLAY BEGINS, BEHIND THE SCENES, UP ON SOME RAFTERS ARE KINDLER AND HIS ASSISTANT DEWBERRY; DEWBERRY IS QUITE FAT AND MESSY COMPARED TO KINDLER WHO IS ELEGANTLY DRESSED>
Kindler: <ON HIS PHONE> It’s begun. I can start the machine up now… if you want… okay, right. I’ll do that. Bye. <TURNS TO DEWBERRY> Goddamnit, I can’t believe File is on a date tonight. We really could have used her for this. <TO DEWBERRY> As soon as I leave, press <POINTS> this button. Only this button, Dewberry. After that… just go sit in a corner or something. But don’t touch anything else? Got it? Is that easy enough for you?
Dewberry: Yeah, I got it Kindler. Don’t worry, I won’t mess it up.
Kindler: <AS HE EXITS; TO HIMSELF IN A WHISPER> Like hell you won’t.
<CUTS TO THE POLICE STATION; SUPREME GENERAL SILVER AND A STAFF OF SCIENTISTS ARE WATCHING THEIR CAPTIVE SAIBAMAN, SONFLA; HE IS SLEEPING>
Silver: We have given that thing plenty of time. Wake it up and question it again.
Scientist 1: Sir, I’m not even sure we can communicate with it. We don’t know what it is.
Scientist 2: He’s right, General. All attempts to contact it have been met with indifference.
<A SOLDIER COMES UP FROM BEHIND; HE IS NOT WEARING A HELMET EITHER, THOUGH HIS HAIR IS BLACK>
Captain Green: Just do what General Silver wants. I bet if you show that thing the space ship we captured, he’ll know what we want.
Silver: <NODS> Good idea, captain. Show it the space ship.
<THE SCIENTISTS WAKE SONFLA, WHO CRIES OUT IN PAIN, AS HE WATCHES LEDAS’ POD BECOME VISIBLE IN THE HOLDING CELL TO HIS RIGHT; HE REALIZES THAT IT’S LEDAS’ POD AND SCREAMS OUT; THE SCIENTISTS OPEN A MIC TO HIM>
Scientist 1: <INTO THE MIC> Greetings, uh, little guy. How are you?
Silver: <QUICK INTERJECTION> Enough! Ask him about the ship.
Scientist 1: <TO SILVER> Of course, sir. <INTO THE MIC> We are looking for the owner of that space ship. Do you know who it is?
Scientist 1: Sorry, I didn’t catch that.
Sonfla: <ANGRILY> Ienack!
<SONFLA STARTS THRASHING ABOUT, TRYING TO BREAK FREE>
Captain Green: Sedate him!
<THE SCIENTIST PRESS A BUTTON, WHICH LOWERS A NEEDLE INTO SONFLA’S CAGE; UPON SEEING THE NEEDLE, HE BECOMES ENRAGED; HE HOWLS; AS THE NEEDLE GETS CLOSER, SONFLA LOOKS RIGHT AT SILVER (WHO STARES BACK); THEN, HE STOPS YELLING, CLOSES HIS EYES, AND CONCENTRATES; BEFORE ANYONE CAN SEE WHAT HE’S DOING, THE ROOM IS LIT UP WITH A GREAT LIGHT; THEN, THE ENTIRE ROOM EXPLODES>
<MANY SOLDIERS AND SCIENTISTS ARE INCINERATED ON IMPACT; CAPTAIN GREEN DIVES AT SILVER AND PROTECTS HIS GENERAL AS THE EXPLOSION REACHES THEM; WITHIN A FEW SECONDS, IT’S OVER; THE SURVIVING SOLDIERS AND SCIENTISTS ARE LYING ABOUT, COUGHING AND CRYING OUT IN PAIN; SILVER, HOWEVER, IS UNTOUCHED, THANKS TO CAPTAIN GREEN; HE AND THE CAPTAIN STAND UP AND LOOK AROUND AT THE DAMAGE; BODIES ARE EVERYWHERE; THEY LOOK AHEAD AT WHERE SONFLA USED TO BE; HANGING BY A CABLE IS AN ARM; THAT IS ALL THAT IS LEFT OF SONFLA; SILVER COUGHS AND THEN SHAKES HIS HEAD; NOTICEABLY, LEDAS’ POD ISN’T DESTROYED>
<CUTS BACK TO THE THEATER>
<A FEW MOMENTS PASS, THEN DEWBERRY PRESSES THE BUTTON HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO; THE BLUTZ WAVES CARRY OFF INTO THE HUGE THEATER, HITTING EVERY PERSON>
<ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, LEDAS JOLTS, NOT REALIZING WHY; A FEW MORE SECONDS GO BY AND HE FEELS A TINGLY FEELING ALL DOWN HIS BODY>
<LEDAS INHALES SHARPLY, SUDDENLY REALIZING THAT THIS IS FEELING THAT COMES OVER HIM WHEN HE TRANSFORMS; HE IS WEARING A LONG SLEEVED SHIRT, BUT CAN FEEL HAIR SPRINGING UP UNDER IT>
<LEDAS SUDDENLY STANDS UP, AWKWARDLY, AND QUICKLY WALKS OUT; RYORI NOTICES IT BUT BEFORE HE CAN SAY ANYTHING, LEDAS IS GONE>
<AS SOON AS LEDAS GETS OUTSIDE OF THE THEATER ROOM, WHERE THERE IS NOBODY ELSE, HE TAKES OFF INTO A FULL ON SPRINT>
<AS HE IS RUNNING, HE BEGINS TO TRANSFORM; AS GETS OUTSIDE, HE FALLS TO HIS KNEES AND FULLY TRANSFORMS; GROWING TO AN UNGODLY SIZE>
<AT THIS, LEDAS PANICS AND JUMPS INTO THE AIR, AWAY FROM THE CITY; HE LANDS INTO THE FOREST AREA ON THE EDGE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE; HE TUMBLES, TRIPPING OVER HIMSELF FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET>
<JUST AT THIS MOMENT, STILL GRUMBLING, YAJIROBE COMES RIDING BY IN HIS HOVERCAR, THROUGH A DIRT ROAD>
<OUT OF PRACTICALLY NOWHERE, LEDAS COMES FLYING AND TUMBLING OUT FROM THE TREES INTO THE ROAD, LANDING SQUARELY IN THE MIDDLE OF IT; YAJIROBE, ONLY SEEING HIM AT THE LAST SECOND HITS HIM FULL ON, SMASHING THE FRONT OF HIS CAR INTO LEDAS’ UNCONSCIOUS BODY>
Yajirobe: <DAZED FROM THE CRASH, HE GETS OUT, SLIGHTLY STUMBLING> Hey… Vegeta you idiot. You wrecked my car! <SEES THAT LEDAS IS ASLEEP> Huh? Asleep? <GETS A LITTLE ANGRY AT THIS> You stupid Saiyan! <HE TAKES OUT HIS SWORD AND CUTS OFF LEDAS’ TAIL IN ONE FELL SWOOP> That’ll teach ya for messing with the great Yajirobe again. <CONFIDENTLY, BECAUSE LEDAS IS STILL SLEEPING> Didn’t I tell ya last time that you were no match for my awesome–
<LEDAS HAS REGRESSED TO HIS BASE, NAKED FORM; HE STIRS AWAKE; YAJIROBE SEES THIS AND RUNS OFF, SCARED, TO BEHIND HIS CAR>
Yajirobe: <TALKING FAST IN A PANICKED FEAR> Oh, please Mr. Vegeta it wasn’t me! I swear… I was just driving along and… and…
Ledas: <HAS WALKED UP TO YAJIROBE, HE IS NAKED> Hi… <RUBS HIS LEFT SHOULDER> uh… you wouldn’t happen to have any clothes, would you, sir?
<YAJIROBE IMMEDIATELY DROPS HIS FEAR AND REPLACES IT WITH HIS AIR OF IMPORTANCE>
Yajirobe: <RUMMAGING AROUND IN THE TRUNK OF HIS CAR, SUPER BOSS FACE> What happened to your clothes, kid?
Ledas: Oh, I dunno… I guessed they uh… <HE TURNS AROUND AND NOTICES HIS TAIL IS MISSING> Hey?! What happened to my tail?! I know I transformed, but I don’t remember cutting it off.
Yajirobe: <LOOKS BACK AT LEDAS, WITH HIS ‘I DON’T CARE’ ATTITUDE> Maybe it ran away. <HE THROWS SOMETHING INTO LEDAS’ ARMS> Those are my only spares; you can give them back when you take me home.
Ledas: <TAKE THE CLOTHES, THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE ONES YAJIROBE IS WEARING; AND ARE SEVERAL SIZES TOO BIG FOR HIM; NEVERTHELESS HE PUTS THEM ON> Take you home? Why’m I doing that?
Yajirobe: <LOUDER; BUT STILL IN HIS SAME ATTITUDE> Because you idiot, you smashed my car!
Ledas: <NOT LISTENING> Hey… I’m starving. Want to get something to eat first?
Yajirobe: <SQUINTS AT LEDAS WITH SUSPICION BUT THEN DROPS IT> Maybe you’re not that bad after all. As long as you’re payin’.
<LEDAS GOES TO TAKE OFF; HE NOTICES THAT YAJIROBE ISN’T FLYING WITH HIM>
Ledas: Hey come on.
Yajirobe: I can’t fly. You have to carry me.
Ledas: <SQUEAK> What?!
<YAJIROBE GRUMBLES BUT DOES NOT RESPOND; LEDAS SHRUGS AND LOWERS HIS BACK, ALLOWING YAJIROBE ON; HE GETS ON LEDAS, WHO ASCENDS INTO THE AIR>
<THE TWO FLY OFF, YAJIROBE RIDING ON LEDAS, BACK TO TOWN; AS THEY DO, THE CAMERA TURNS TO FOCUS ON THE AREA BEHIND THEM>
Kindler: <ON A MOTORCYCLE, PEERING THROUGH THE TREES DOWN ON IT ALL; ON HIS PHONE> Yes, that’s right, Cardinal. I got a visual on the alien; he’s regressed. I’ve got a positive ID on him. I’ll transfer his data to you as soon as I get back.
<THE NEXT MORNING IS SUNNY AND BRIGHT, IF WET; THE CAMERA CLOSES IN ON A TRIO OF PEOPLE WALKING UP TO A HOUSE, WHICH IS ILL-KEPT; ITS GRASS IS BROWN, THE ROOF HAS HOLES, AND MUCH OF THE PAINT IS PEELING OFF; STRIKING, COMPARED TO THE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE QUITE WELL DRESSED>
<THEY ALL CONVENE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE BEFORE APPROACHING THE DOOR>
File: How do you want me to handle this, Mr. Cardinal?
Cardinal: Act like his brother’s missing, that’s all.
Silver: <RUBBING A NEWLY FORMED SCAR ON HIS CHEEK> Lucky that Kindler ID’d the alien last night. We lost almost everything in that explosion. And we don’t have many men left, father. I realize that you want the Red Ribbon Army to be more focused on politics than military operations, but if we want to catch the alien, we’ll need new recruits.
Cardinal: <NOT WORRIED> No, we’re fine as is. We have one distinct advantage over the alien; we know that he was integrated into our society. As such, he has friends and people he cares about. We’ve taken one captive.
File: I have, Mr. Cardinal.
Cardinal: <SMILES> That you have. Now let’s go tell his brother that he’s missing. No mention of where he really is.
Silver: And how will this help us?
Cardinal: The quickest way to defeat a strong opponent is by attacking those he loves. Once we find out where the alien is living, we will capture his caretakers as well. Now let’s go inside.
<CARDINAL KNOCKS ON THE DOOR; QUICKLY, IT OPENS, REVEALING A COMPLETELY WASTED SHOEKKI>
Cardinal: <OUTSTRETCHES HIS ARMS, SMILES BROADLY> Ah, Mr. Shoekki. Just the man I wanted to speak to.
Shoekki: <WASTED> Whadyawan…?
File: Hello, Shoekki.
Shoekki: Hey, babe.
Cardinal: <TURNS HIS FACE, HAS A SPARKLE IN HIS EYE> I think <GESTURES TO THE OTHER, WHO NOW COMES INTO VIEW AS FILE, CLEARLY; SHOEKKI DOES NOT SEE SILVER> we have things to discuss. Are you up for a project, Mr. Shoekki? <SMILES AGAIN>
<CUTS TO THE SAME MORNING, MANY MILES AWAY; LEDAS AND YAJIROBE ARE FLYING, YAJIROBE SITTING SQUARELY, LEGS CROSSED ON LEDAS’ BACK; IN HIS HAND IS A HUGE (AND I DO MEAN HUGE) BAG OF FOOD AND OTHER GOODIES; LEDAS HAS CHANGED HIS CLOTHES BACK TO HIS OWN BY NOW>
Ledas: <AS THEY ARE FLYING> Hey Yajirobe, why haven’t you learned how to fly?
Yajirobe: <INDIGNATION> I have no need to fly.
Ledas: My dad taught me how to fly when I was two years old. Besides, if you could fly then you wouldn’t have had to use that car.
Yajirobe: <THROUGH A MOUTHFUL OF FOOD> So are you, uh… a Saiyan?
Ledas: <PROUDLY> Yeah.
Yajirobe: Huh, that Vegeta guy sure has a lot of kids.
Ledas: Vegeta’s not my dad <LAUGHS>… but you know him?
Yajirobe: <SCARED BUT PLAYING IT OFF COOL> Oh yeah. Vegeta and I are… great friends. Yeah.
Ledas: Hahaha… have you ever sparred with him? I could sense you were strong… for a human.
<THEY STOP IN FRONT OF KORIN’S TOWER, BUT LOWER THAN THE ACTUAL TOWER, SO LEDAS DOESN’T NOTICE THE LONG POLE GOING UP>
Ledas: <LOOKS UP> Whoa… you live all the way up there?
Yajirobe: With that old cat.
Ledas: <IN KID FORM> Haven’t you ever fallen off?
Yajirobe: <KINDA MAD> Why would I fall off?!
Ledas: Well you can’t fly…
<LEDAS FLIES YAJIROBE UP INTO THE TOWER; HE GOES UP TO THE RAILING AND PEERS OUT; KORIN POPS UP BEHIND THEM BOTH, VERY WISELY>
Korin: I thought you would bring back a girl…
Ledas: <TURNS AROUND, IN HIGH SPIRITS> Oh you must be the old kitty!
Korin: So that’s what he told ya, huh? <JUMPS FORWARD TO LEDAS AND YAJIROBE; YAJIROBE IS DIGGING INTO HIS FOOD RIGHT NOW> Well Yajirobe can be pretty disrespectful. Eh, he always is. Unless he’s begging for food.
Yajirobe: <EATING> Hey I heard that.
Korin: <TO LEDAS> Who are you, anyways?
Ledas: Oh, I’m Ledas, mister.
Korin: <WRYLY> That’s great. <HE MOVES OVER TO YAJIROBE>
<LEDAS FINDS A LITTLE TRINKET ON A NEARBY TABLE; IT IS A MEDIUM SIZED, TRIANGULAR SHAPED BOX, WITH STRANGE LETTERING AND PATTERNS ALL OVER IT; HE PICKS IT UP, INSPECTING IT>
Korin: <JUMPS FORWARD, SWATS THE THING OUT OF LEDAS’ HAND WITH HIS CANE> Hey don’t touch that!
Ledas: <SUPER CURIOUS> What is it?
Korin: I don’t know, but it’s probably important.
Ledas: <BACKS UP, SLIGHTLY LAUGHING> You’re weird…
<CUTS BACK TO SHOEKKI’S HOUSE; HIM, CARDINAL AND FILE ARE ALL SITTING AROUND A TABLE; SILVER IS OUTSIDE>
Cardinal: Basically, I need your help in a little problem. An annoying thorn in my side, as it were.
Shoekki: <HE IS NOTHING BUT BOXERS, UNSHAVED AND HAS A CIGARETTE IN HIS MOUTH> Why do you need my help?
Cardinal: <GESTURES TO FILE> Your… girlfriend said that you are quite astute and would be perfect for this. And I put a lot of faith in my associates, Mr. Shoekki.
Shoekki: <CONFIDENCE BUILDING> Yeah I am pretty smart.
Cardinal: Excellent. So let’s get right down to it. You are of course aware of the death of your son’s teacher?
Shoekki: <SMOKING> Yeah… but the police aren’t saying anything about it. Why? You want me to look into it?
Cardinal: No, not at all Mr. Shoekki. <HE GESTURES TO FILE>
File: Shoekki, where is your little brother? Shouldn’t he be at school?
Shoekki: <DEFENSIVE> Yeah… I take care of him… he should be at school…
File: You didn’t notice he never returned last night?
Shoekki: What?! No… I think… I…
Cardinal: Mr. Shoekki, I am asking you to do this job, specifically because of the personal investment that you have staked in it.
Shoekki: <RISING WORRY> What – what are you talking about?
Cardinal: Your brother had a friend, do you remember him?
Shoekki: Yeah… weird looking kid with the big hair. Bu–
Cardinal: Exactly. He is missing as well. We think he and your brother have run off somewhere. We need you to help us find them both, though we are specifically interested in his friend.
Shoekki: <WORRY> What?! Ryori’s missing? How did this happen?!
File: Don’t worry, Mr. Cardinal has a plan.
Cardinal: Do they have any places they go? Secret… boy stuff they go and do?
Shoekki: <HEAD IN HIS HANDS> No, they’re always here. I-I… I dunno <HE GETS UP> I’ve got to go find my brother… I didn’t even… even…
Cardinal: Naturally. But first, Mr. Shoekki I must give you some things. <THROWS A CELL PHONE AT SHOEKKI> Use this to contact me when you’ve found them. And… <REACHES BEHIND AND PULLS SOMETHING OUT OF HIS THE BACK OF HIS PANTS; IT IS A GUN> And take this…
Shoekki: <STEPS BACK BUT TAKES THE GUN NONETHELESS> A gun? What am I supposed to do with this?!
Cardinal: It’s not a gun; it’s a specially augmented tranquilizer. Use this on your brother’s friend when you find them.
Shoekki: <IN A BREATH> Why?
Cardinal: We fear that he is unstable… he may even be holding your brother captive.
File: That tranquilizer is the best way to get rid of his friend and save your brother, Shoekki. If you find them, be sure to use it. Otherwise, your brother may be killed.
Shoekki: <ANGER RISING> Are you sure?
Cardinal: Yes, but don’t use that pistol on anyone besides your brother’s friend. It will kill any normal human. We must be going now, Mr. Shoekki. I hope you’ll get right on it. <HE NODS AND SHAKES SHOEKKI’S HAND>
<CARDINAL AND FILE EXIT, FILE KISSING SHOEKKI BEFORE THEY GO>
File: Mr. Cardinal, what do you want me to do with the kid? How do we bring him back?
Cardinal: Don’t worry about it, my dear. When Shoekki gets us the alien, we’ll give him his brother back. Until then, keep him blindfolded and isolated at all times. We’ll see how much your boyfriend is motivated by that.
<FILE SMILES, GIDDY AS A SCHOOLGIRL, FOLLOWING BEHIND CARDINAL; SILVER FOLLOWS THEM, SHAKING HIS HEAD, AS HE OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T LIKE THEIR PLAN>
<CUTS TO GUVA; HE IS INSIDE A ROCKY CAVE, WHICH IS DARK AND DANK>
<HE WALKS DOWN THE CAVERN TUNNEL, HIS STEPS ECHOING LOUDLY; A FAINT WHISPERING CAN BE HEARD, BUT IT STOPS EVERY TIME HE STOPS TO LISTEN TO IT>
<GUVA COMES TO AN AREA WHICH WIDENS OUT INTO A GREAT OVAL SHAPE; IT IS NATURALLY LIT, IN A GREEN LIGHT; UP AHEAD HE SEES BANAS STANDING WITH HIS HEAD DOWN, FACING HIM>
Guva: Banas? What are you doing? What is this place? <BANAS DOES NOT ANSWER; GUVA KEEPS WALKING TOWARD HIM> Banas?! Answer me, damnit!
<GUVA LUNGES FORWARD AND PUNCHES AT BANAS; BUT IT IS JUST AN APPARITION; HE FALLS THROUGH AND LANDS IN A PUDDLE OF WATER>
<SUDDENLY A LAUGHING STARTS ECHOING THROUGHOUT THE CAVE>
<GUVA TURNS OVER TO SEE BANAS PERCHED ATOP A ROCK OUTCROP; THE CAPTAIN JUMPS DOWN ONTO THE GROUND NEXT TO GUVA>
Banas: So, guvvy? How’dya like the place? Personally, I think it needs more furniture.
Chasing Ghosts (season finale part 1)Edit
<THIS CHAPTER PICKS UP IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST>
<GUVA STANDS UP, DUSTING OFF HIS ARMOR; HE LOOKS BACK AT BANAS>
Guva: Why here?
Banas: Aw, Guva don’t ya remember? <HE STANDS UP> Back when the kid was around? And I still had a team?
Guva: <STERNLY> No.
Banas: This <GESTURES ABOUT> is the place I was never allowed to visit. It’s in that ‘eyes only’ file of yours. But being you, you never pursued it. Haven’t you ever wondered why he stopped aging? Well I have. And I think it’s because of this place.
Guva: What are you talking about?
Banas: Can’t you feel it, brotha? <WIGGLES HIS FINGERS AROUND WITH SARCASM; GRINS> There’s magic in the air.
Guva: <STEPS BACK> I don’t have time for your endless talk. Let’s just do this.
Banas: <STILL LAUGHING; JUMPS BACK TOO; HE READIES AN ENERGY BLAST> As you wish, guvvy. But if I beat you, you’re going to tell me what happened here.
Guva: <READIES HIS OWN BLAST, JUST AS HE’S ABOUT TO FIRE IT, HE HEARS WHISPERING, COMING FROM ALL AROUND HIM; HE LOSES FOCUS ON BANAS AND TURNS HIS HEAD> What the…
<JUST THEN, BANAS’ BLAST HITS HIM, SENDING HIM FLYING BACK SEVERAL FEET AND LANDING, ONCE AGAIN, IN A PUDDLE OF WATER>
<BANAS SHOOTS OFF A SCATTERSHOT BEAM, BUT GUVA DODGES IT; HE TELEPORTS BEHIND BANAS AND PUNCHES HIM DEEP IN THE GUT; BUT BEFORE HE CAN DO ANY MORE, BANAS TRIPS HIM WITH THE BACK OF HIS HEEL; BEFORE GUVA HITS THE WALL, BANAS PUNCHES HIM INTO THE AIR>
<HIS DIZZYING STYLE IS CLEARLY SEEN AND HE DARTS ALL AROUND GUVA’S UNMOVING BODY, HITTING HIM THIS WAY AND THAT>
<GUVA REGAINS CONTROL OF HIS MOMENTUM AND STOPS BANAS IN HIS TRACKS, KICKING HIM JUST UNDER THE CHIN, AND AWAY FROM GOVERNOR>
<BANAS, TO BUY HIMSELF TIME, SHOOTS A FLURRY OF ENERGY SCATTERSHOT AROUND, CAUSING THE CAVE TO COLLAPSE IN ON ITSELF AND DUST TO SHOOT UP EVERYWHERE>
<WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, BANAS HAS PREPARED A CLUSTER OF RAZOR BLASTS, READY TO SHOOT; BUT GUVA HAS ALSO DONE THIS>
<EACH SENDS OFF RAZOR BLASTS, HUNDREDS BY THE LOOKS OF IT, AT ONE ANOTHER; NEITHER CAN DODGE THE OTHER’S BLASTS AND THEY ARE HIT, CRACKING THEIR ARMOR>
<GUVA DESCENDS AND JUMPS AT BANAS; THEY PUNCH AND KICK EACH OTHER, ROLLING ABOUT INTO THE NEXT GREAT CHAMBER OF THE CAVE>
<GUVA TAKES THE SHARP EDGE OF HIS RIGHT WRIST GUARD (AS HE ISN’T WEARING HIS LEFT ONE) AND STICKS IT IN THE CHEST OF BANAS’ ARMOR, CRACKING THROUGH IT AND INTO HIS SKIN; BANAS SCREAMS AND ELBOWS HIM AWAY>
<BANAS TRIES TO JUMP BACK AT GUVA, BUT GUVA PUTS UP A BARRIER OF ENERGY, BLOCKING OFF THE TWO FROM EACH OTHER; GUVA USES THIS TIME TO RECOVER HIS ENERGY; BANAS USES THIS TO POWER UP TO HIS MAXIMUM>
<WHEN THE BARRIER DISSIPATES, IT RELEASES AN ENERGY WAVE, WHICH BANAS DODGES WITH EASE; THE TWO ATTACK EACH OTHER; BANAS QUICKLY GAINS THE UPPER HAND; HE KICKS GUVA, BREAKING HIS SHIN; GUVA DROPS TO ONE KNEE, LETTING BANAS GRAB HIM AND THROW HIM IN THE AIR, BEFORE REAPPEARING ABOVE AND PUNCHING HIM DOWN INTO A DEEP CRATER IN THE GROUND; AFTER DOING THIS SWIFT IMPACT, BANAS CHARGES AT HIS OPPONENT AGAIN>
<BANAS PICKS GUVA UP ONCE AGAIN AND SLAMS HIM INTO THE CAVE WALL, STICKING HIM THERE; HE SENDS A STREAMING RAIN OF RAZOR BLASTS AT GUVA, CUTTING UP EVERY PART OF THE GOVERNOR’S BODY; HE THEN READIES A BLAST>
<AS HE FIRES IT, GUVA TELEPORTS AWAY TO BEHIND BANAS AGAIN; BANAS EXPECTS THAT AND PUNCHES AT HIM, BUT IT IS JUST AN AFTERIMAGE; HE PUNCHES SEVERAL MORE TIMES AT GUVA BUT THOSE ARE ALL AFTERIMAGES TOO>
<THE REAL GUVA COMES DOWN FROM ABOVE, HITTING BANAS HARD ON THE HEAD>
<THE CAPTAIN SHOOTS OFF A FLURRY OF BLASTS, BLINDLY, BUT NONE HIT HIM; THE HIT ON BANAS SEEMS TO HAVE MADE HIM LOSE MUCH OF HIS CONSCIOUSNESS, HE BEGINS TO SHOOT AROUND IN RANDOM DIRECTIONS AND AT RANDOM TIMES>
<GUVA EXPERTLY DODGES THESE UNTIL BANAS RUNS OUT OF ENERGY; BANAS, RECOVERING A BIT ON AWARENESS, STOPS FIRING>
<GUVA CREATES AN IMAGE SLASH AND CHARGES AT BANAS; BANAS SHOOTS A BUNCH OF KI BLASTS AT THE GOVERNOR, BUT THEY JUST BOUNCE OF THE KI SWORD; GUVA SWINGS THE SWORD AT BANAS, THOUGH BANAS DODGES, AND SHOOTS MUCH KI AT GUVA AS HE DOES; GUVA TRIES TO IMPALE BANAS, THOUGH THE CAPTAIN DODGES AND THE IMAGE SLASH JUST GOES INTO THE WALL; BANAS USES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIT GUVA VERY HARD IN THE BACK, CAUSING GUVA TO LET GO AND DISSIPATE HIS SWORD; BANAS KICKS HIM INTO THE DIRT AND COVERS HIM IN SCATTERSHOTS UNTIL HE CAN NO LONGER SEE THE GOVERNOR; THEN, HE STEPS BACK AND WAITS FOR GUVA TO EMERGE>
<AFTER A FEW MOMENTS, HE SEES GUVA COME OUT FROM THE CRATER AND THE TWO ONCE AGAIN ENGAGE IN A HEATED BLOW EXCHANGE; THE TWO FIGHT FIERCELY, AND EACH LANDS MANY PUNCHES; BOTH OF THEIR NOSES ARE BROKEN, AND BRUISES BEGIN MATERIALIZING ON EACH OF THEIR BODIES; THEY GO ON FOR SOME TIME, BUT THIS TIME IT IS GUVA WHO WINS; HE PUNCHES BANAS BACK, WHO IS BLOODIED AND BATTERED; MOST OF HIS ARMOR IS EITHER GONE OR REMAINS IN SHAMBLES>
<GUVA IS ALSO BLOODIED AND HIS ARMOR IS DAMAGED; HIS SHIN IS STILL BROKEN TOO, BUT HE IS ABLE TO CONTROL HIMSELF MUCH MORE THAN BANAS>
Banas: <STUMBLES BACK> That was… unexpected.
<BANAS STUMBLES, STARING DOWNWARD, HE DOESN’T SEE GUVA’S ELEGANT FINISHER SHOOTING RIGHT AT HIM; IT HITS HIM FULL ON, BLOWING OFF WHAT REMAINS OF HIS ARMOR; HE FALLS>
<GUVA JUMPS FORWARD AND LANDS ON BANAS, PUSHING HIS BOOTS DEEP INTO THE CAPTAIN’S CHEST, SHATTERING MOST OF HIS RIBS; BANAS COUGHS UP BLOOD>
Guva: That’s it, Captain. You’re done.
Banas: <COUGHING> Jus… jus like old times, huh? Heh heh.
Guva: Last time, I saved your life and made you my captain because you still had use. But look at you now…
Banas: <ACTUALLY SERIOUS> I thought we were friends, Guva.
Guva: You thought many things, Captain. But now it’s time for you to go. <READIES A BLAST>
Banas: Aha, even in death I’m still under your command, it seems. <LAUGHS, COUGHS> Even if I wasn’t yours, Guva, you have been and always shall be my friend. <TILTS HIS HEAD BACK, IN ACCEPTANCE> I’ll see ya in another life, brotha…
Guva: <WAITS A MOMENT WITH HIS BACK TURNED, THEN HE TURNS BACK TOWARD BANAS SUDDENLY; COLDLY> Don’t wait up.
<GUVA SHOOTS A FINAL BLAST AT BANAS, THIS TIME KILLING THE CAPTAIN AND INCINERATING HIS BODY; ALL THAT IS LEFT OF HIM IS A SMALL BLACK BURN MARK ON THE ROCKS>
<GUVA SIGHS DEEPLY AND SLIDES DOWN TO SIT UP AGAINST A ROCK>
<AS HE BOWS HIS HEAD AND CLOSES HIS EYES FOR A LITTLE BIT OF REST, HIS PERIPHERAL VISION PICKS UP A SPREADING DARKNESS, DESCENDING UPON HIM AND FINALLY ENVELOPING HIM; THE WHISPERING FILLS THE CHAMBER ONCE AGAIN AND HE IS ENTRANCED BY IT>
<CUTS BACK TO EARTH, ON KORIN TOWER; KORIN AND LEDAS ARE STARING OFF ON THE NEW DAY>
<IT IS PAST NOON; APPARENTLY LEDAS SPENT THE NIGHT THERE WITH YAJIROBE AND KORIN>
Ledas: Mr. Korin sir… who are all those big powers out there?
Korin: Mainly Goku and his friends.
Ledas: But there’s one that I just started feeling and it’s way more powerful than the others.
Korin: Oho, so you felt it. The evil power.
Ledas: How can you tell that it’s evil?
Korin: I’ve been doing this for a long time, kid. I can tell who the good guys are.
Ledas: <CLENCHES HIS FISTS> Well if it’s evil I gotta help Vegeta…
Korin: Don’t be stupid. You’d only get yourself killed, kid.
Ledas: <BOWS HIS HEAD> Yeah you’re right. There’s no way I could help. I guess I’ll just go home. It was nice meeting you, Mr. Korin sir. <HE ASCENDS INTO THE AIR AND BEGINS TO LEAVE; IN HIS MIND> My power is so much lower than that one. But… I have to try. If Vegeta is out there, I have to.
Korin: Hey kid, take these! <KORIN THROWS A SMALL POUCH OF SOMETHING AT LEDAS>
Ledas: <OPENS IT UP AND LOOKS INSIDE> What are these?
Korin: Senzu beans. Just in case you decide to fight anyways. If ya get injured out there, kid, just eat one. It will heal ya.
Ledas: How’d you know I was going to help them anyway?
Korin: You’re just like someone I used to know.
<LEDAS SMILES AND SAYS GOODBYE; THEN HE SHOOTS OFF HOME, TO VISIT RYORI AND FANSHI ONE LAST TIME BEFORE CHALLENGING THE FAR OFF EVIL POWER>
Thine Actions Vindicated (season finale part 2)Edit
<SHOEKKI AND FILE ARE TOGETHER IN BED DOING STUFF>
File: You never called to tell Mr. Cardinal about your situation yesterday. <WITH AFFECTION> I was getting worried.
Shoekki: <STILL SULLEN AND PREOCCUPIED WITH HIS BROTHER> Mr. Cardinal can wait… but you seem to like him a lot. Why is that?
File: <A SPARKLE IN HER EYE> Mr. Cardinal is my boss. I’d do anything for him.
Shoekki: <TAKES A DRINK OF SOMETHING> Anything?
File: <SUDDENLY SERIOUS BUT SHOEKKI DOESN’T NOTICE> I’d put a bullet in your head right now if Mr. Cardinal wanted it. <SHOEKKI LAUGHS; FILE ROLLS OVER TO FACE HIM> So… you think we can… you know? We haven’t done it yet.
Shoekki: I… I don’t feel like it. My brother’s still missing.
File: <ANGER OUTBURST> We spent all day yesterday looking for him! Come on Shoekki, I need a little break. <SHE PLACES HER FINGER ON HIS CHEST> Just an hour or so…
Shoekki: <NOT ALTOGETHER HAPPY> All right… just this once.
<SHOEKKI WATCHES HER WITH SULLEN, DRUNKEN EYES; AS SHE CONTINUES TALKING HE NOTICES HER CLOTHES AND PISTOL LYING ON THEM; CURIOUSLY HE WATCHES UNTIL FILE PULLS SHOEKKI UNDER THE BLANKETS, LAUGHING; HE JOINS IN WITH HER, AT LEAST AT FIRST>
<OUTSIDE, LEDAS LANDS WITH A HEAVY THUD; HE APPROACHES SHOEKKI’S HOUSE AND KNOCKS ON THE DOOR>
<HE CAN HEAR A WILD DIN OF NOISE COMING FROM INSIDE BUT CAN’T MAKE OUT SPECIFIC VOICES>
<THE CAMERA CUTS BACK TO SHOEKKI; HE STANDING IN NOTHING BUT BOXERS, A NEEDLE IN HIS ARM AND FILE’S PISTOL IN HIS HAND>
Shoekki: <ANGRY, PARANOID> What the hell is this?! You fucking tricked me… <HE SPITS> what do you think I am?! <HE WAVES THE GUN AROUND> A freak, like you?
File: <IN A CORNER VERY FRIGHTENED; SHE IS TOPLESS> Shoekki?! What’s the matter? What are you doing with that gun? <PLEADING>
Shoekki: <WOBBLES, STILL WAVING THE GUN AROUND> You know what <RISES TO A SCREAM> I’m fucking talking about!! You think I wanna be with you now… after that?! <HE SLOWLY RAISES THE GUN AND POINTS IT AT HER> No chance, <SARCASTIC> babe.
File: <STILL PLEADING> Shoekki, please! I didn’t know! I-I can help you! Don’t do this.
Shoekki: <DRUG SIDE EFFECTS SHOWING> I can find my brother by myself. I don’t need a… freak to help me with that. What were you thinking?! <HE YELLS AND PUNCHES THE LAMP NEXT TO HIM, THEN HE TAKES A PILLOW AND THROWS IT ACROSS THE ROOM> You’re a fucking man! Why did you think I was into that, you stupid bitch?! <BREATHES HARD> Huh? Answer me, bitch.
File: <CRAWLS BACK AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE WALL; IN DESPERATION> Shoekki… stop! I know where your brother is. Please just let me–
File: Mr. Cardinal has him… if you just come with–
<SHOEKKI SUDDENLY SNAPS THE PISTOL UP AND SHOOTS, HITTING FILE SQUARE ON THE FOREHEAD; SHE FALLS OVER DEAD; BLOOD STARTS POOLING RAPIDLY>
<SHOEKKI HEARS LEDAS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR; HE DROPS THE PISTOL AND QUICKLY GETS DRESSED; A FEW MOMENTS LATER HE OPENS THE DOOR>
Shoekki: <INCREDULOUSLY> You?!
Ledas: <SUBTLE HAPPINESS> Hey Shoekki! Is Ryori home?
<CUTS TO KINDLER AND DEWBERRY WHO ARE RIDING ON MOTORCYCLES; WELL DEWBERRY IS IN A SIDECAR>
Kindler: <ON HIS PHONE> Yeah that’s what he said. He didn’t have any left. But he did say he had given his last to a kid… a kid with big hair and who could fly. Yes, that’s what I thought too. Dewberry and I have found his house. We’re on our way right now to confiscate the capsule. <PAUSES; THEN SMILES> I’ll have the ship for you within the hour, sir.
<THE TWO RIDE FOR A WHILE THEN COME UP UPON MRS. FANSHI’S HOUSE; BOTH GET OUT OF THE BIKE AND GO ON APPROACH>
Dewberry: <TAKES OUT A SMALL KIT; IT IS FILLED WITH A COUPLE OF PISTOLS; HE THROWS ONE TO KINDLER> Hey Kindy, take one of these.
Kindler: <CATCHES THE PISTOL> What is this, Dewberry? We don’t need guns.
Dewberry: <MATTER OF FACT> It’s for our protection…
Kindler: <HOLSTERS HIS GUN; WITHOUT ANOTHER LOOK AT DEWBERRY> Guns don’t protect; they only kill. I wouldn’t stoop so low as to ever use one.
Dewberry: <DOESN’T CARE> Suit yourself.
<BOTH BREAK INTO THE HOUSE, IT APPEARS DESERTED; THEY SEARCH AROUND>
Dewberry: <TOO LOUDLY> Hey Kindy, why are we getting the boss a space ship?
Kindler: <SPEAKING AS HE’S SEARCHING THROUGH EVERYTHING> Haven’t you been following the news, you dunce? That big monster thing? The one destroying all the towns and killing all the people? You haven’t heard about it? <IT SHOWS A DUEL PANEL FOR EVERY PANEL OF HIS DISCUSSION; IT IS MAJIN BUU RAVAGING THE COUNTRYSIDE>
Dewberry: <THOUGHTLESSLY> No…
Kindler: Well Mr. Cardinal doesn’t think it’s safe to stay on planet right now, until things get sorted out. <RUMMAGING THROUGH THINGS, PAUSES IN TALKING FOR A FEW MOMENTS> But I didn’t think it would be this tedious to get him a space ship…
<THEY MOVE INTO LEDAS’ ROOM, SEARCHING THROUGH IT; AFTER SOME TIME, DEWBERRY OPENS A DRAWER AND PICKS UP A CAPSULE; HE TOSSES IT TO KINDLER; NOTICEABLY, THE PANTIES ARE NO LONGER IN THE DRAWER>
Dewberry: <THICKLY> Hey Kindy, I found sommat… see if that’s it.
<KINDLER TAKES ONE LOOK THEN POCKETS IT, KNOWING IT TO BE THE SPACE CAPSULE; HE TURNS TO LEAVE; SUDDENLY, THE ROOM’S DOOR OPENS, FROM THE OUTSIDE; IT IS MRS. FANSHI>
Mrs. Fanshi: Oh, Ledas I didn’t hear you come in. You had me so worried… where have you been for the past…?
<AND ANOTHER GUNSHOT GOES OFF; THIS TIME IT IS DEWBERRY WHO HAS SHOT AND KILLED MRS. FANSHI; IT WAS REFLEXIVE, ALMOST DONE BECAUSE HE WAS SCARED AT HER SUDDEN APPEARANCE; NEVERTHELESS KINDLER PUSHES HIM OUT OF THE WAY TO CHECK FANSHI>
Kindler: <CHECKS FOR A PULSE, THERE IS BLOOD EVERYWHERE; TEN SECONDS PASS AND HE DOESN’T FIND ONE> She’s dead. <HE LOOKS UP AT DEWBERRY; HE IS VERY MAD> That’s why we don’t use guns, you idiot. If the world wasn’t being destroyed right now, we’d be in big trouble.
<CUTS BACK TO SHOEKKI; HE IS PUTTING AWAY THE CELL PHONE CARDINAL HAD GIVEN; EVIDENTLY HE WAS JUST TALKING WITH HIM>
Shoekki: <TURNS TO LEDAS WHO IS SITTING QUIETLY AT A TABLE> That was Ryori… I’m gonna go pick him up, you wanna come along?
Ledas: <HIS EYES WIDEN AND HE GRINS> Sure!
<THEY TRAVEL FOR A WHILE, AS CARDINAL HAD APPARENTLY COMMANDED SHOEKKI TO A REMOTE PLACE; IT IS A GRASSY AREA ABOVE THE OCEAN, ON THE EDGE OF A CLIFF>
<SHOEKKI WALKS FORWARD; HE SEEMS NERVOUS>
Shoekki: <TURNS BACK TO LEDAS; HE IS REALLY TRYING TO HOLD IN HIS FEAR AND ANXIETY> This is the place.
Ledas: <PEERING, EYES WIDE> Whoa… <HE LOOKS OVER THE CLIFF> I’ve never been here before.
Shoekki: <SHRUGS> Ryori and I use to come here all the time when we were younger. <CHUCKLES A BIT AS HE REMEMBERS> But I guess times have changed.
Ledas: <LOOKS AROUND; HIS CURIOSITY CHANGES SLIGHTLY TO SUSPICION> Where’s Ryori?
Shoekki: Wait here. <HE TAKES OUT THE TRANQUILIZER GUN AND THROWS IT INTO THE GRASS BEHIND HIM; SHOUTING> I’ve done it, I’ve got you the kid!
<LEDAS STARES AT HIM, BUT SHOEKKI TURNS AROUND TO FACE THE WAVES; HE PULLS OUT A PISTOL, CONCEALED IN HIS ARMS; LEDAS DOES NOT NOTICE IT>
Shoekki: <TURNS BACK AROUND; AS IT IS WINDY, HE IS SCREAMING> Cardinal, you sick fuck! I did it! I brought him here for you! Now let Ryori go! <WHIMPERING> Please… just let him go.
<THERE IS SILENCE, SAVE FOR THE NOISES OF THE WAVES>
Ledas: <ON ALERT NOW> Wha… ? Who’s Cardinal? <TAKES A STEP BACK; HIS HAIR IS BLOWING AROUND VIOLENTLY FROM THE WIND> Why are we here, Shoekki?! What’s wrong with you?!
Shoekki: <SCOWLS, BUT IGNORES LEDAS; HE IS STILL SCREAMING WHEN HE TALKS> A deal’s a deal, man!
Ledas: <STEPS BACK AGAIN> You’re… you’re acting weird, Shoekki. I think I’m leaving.
Shoekki: <DESPERATE SCREAM> Nooo!! <BRINGS HIS PISTOL UP FULL SWING AND POINTS IT AT LEDAS> You stay.
<LEDAS TENSES UP; BUT NOT FOR THE NORMAL REASON; HE REACHES BACK AND FEELS THE BACK OF HIS NECK; THERE IS A SMALL BUMP IN IT; HE FEELS THE BULLET HOLE; BLOOD STARTS TO RUN DOWN THE BACK OF HIS NECK; SUDDENLY, HE FALLS TO HIS KNEES, SLIPPING INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS>
Cardinal: <FROM BEHIND LEDAS, UNSEEN> I am a man of my word, Mr. Shoekki. Your brother will not be touched…
<LEDAS DOUBLES OVER, ONTO HANDS AND KNEES; HE LOOKS UP AND SEES SHOEKKI STEP BACK, OBVIOUS FRIGHT ON HIS FACE>
Shoekki: No, you bastard! <IRRATIONAL; TALKING FAST> Let me see him. Let me know he’s safe!
Cardinal: <WITH ALL HIS AUTHORITY> You are in a position to demand nothing, Mr. Shoekki. I, on the other hand, am in a position to grant nothing.
Shoekki: <POINTS THE PISTOL AT CARDINAL> You bastard.
Cardinal: <CALMLY> Shoot me and more than just your fate will be sealed.
<SHOEKKI TAKES A STEP BACK AND LOWERS HIS GUN; HE REALIZES WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN>
Cardinal: You shot File. Yes, I saw her transponder go dark – something that could only happen if her neural processes stopped; if she died. And she has. For killing my associate, my beloved, you have given up your life. But it’s not too late to save your brother. <WITH FORCE> End it now, while you still can. End your torment and my own, <OUTSTRETCHES HIS HAND> would you kindly?
Shoekki: <TO CARDINAL, THROUGH HIS TEETH> Fuck. You. <HE PULLS THE PISTOL UP TO HIS CHIN; TO LEDAS> Ledas… wherever he’s taking you, he’s got Ryori too. Please, just save him… for me. <TEARS START TO ROLL DOWN HIS FACE> Please… tell my brother I love him. Please…
<SHOEKKI TURNS HIS FACE BACK TO THE UNKNOWN FIGURE STANDING BEHIND LEDAS; HE SPEAKS AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME LEDAS CANNOT HEAR; HE IS LOSING CONSCIOUSNESS TOO FAST>
<CUE Falling Awake>
<IT ALLS GOES DARK FOR LEDAS; THE LAST THING HE HEARS IS A LOUD BURST, LIKE A GUNSHOT; THEN ALL GOES QUIET, AS ALL IS DARK; SHOEKKI FALLS, AND ONLY HIS ARM ON THE GROUND IS SHOWN>
<LEDAS FALLS BACK AS CARDINAL SHOOTS HIM WITH THE TRANQUILIZER AT POINT BLANK RANGE IN THE BACK OF THE NECK; LEDAS, WHO IS STILL ON HIS KNEES, FALLS INTO CARDINAL’S ARM, WHICH IS HOLDING A STRANGE DEVICE>
<HE PLACES THE THING, SORT OF LIKE A HEAD BAND ON LEDAS’ HEAD>
<CARDINAL TURNS AROUND AND STANDING BEHIND HIM ARE TWO MEN; KINDLER AND DEWBERRY; THE WIND HAS PICKED UP AND THEIR HAIR IS FLYING ABOUT; KINDLER OUTSTRETCHES HIS HAND, SHOWING OFF THE CAPSULE HE HAD TAKEN FROM LEDAS’ ROOM; DEWBERRY IS HOLDING AN UNCONSCIOUS AND BLINDFOLDED RYORI>
Kindler: <YELLING OVER THE WIND> I’ve got it, sir!
Cardinal: Excellent work, <WALKING UP TO HIM; HE TAKES THE CAPSULE AND THROWS IT, ACTIVATING IT> Kindler. Take the boys aboard, I will be along shortly.
Kindler: <PICKS UP LEDAS> Where’s File? Wasn’t she with you?
Cardinal: <WITH A HEAVY SIGH> File… didn’t make it. <HE WALKS OVER TO SHOEKKI’S BODY; KNEELING DOWN, HE TAKES SOMETHING FROM THE BODY>
<THE CAMERA PANS BACK AND SHOWS SILVER RUNNING UP TO THE GROUP WITH SOLDIERS AND SCIENTISTS; THEY HAVE WEAPONS AND SMALL BAGS IN THEIR HANDS>
Silver: Don’t take long, father. Majin Buu will be here soon. We have to leave. <HE RUNS UP AND GRABS THE UNCONSCIOUS LEDAS>
<Falling Awake REACHES 1:52 NOW>
<AS KINDLER OPENS UP LEDAS’ GRAVITY SUPPRESSION UNIT, HE IS THE FIRST ONE TO STEP INSIDE; CAPTAIN GREEN, GENERAL SILVER AND DEWBERRY FOLLOW; THEIR REMAINING FORCE OF SOLDIERS AND SCIENTISTS FOLLOW AS WELL; THERE ARE STILL QUITE A FEW OF THEM, AND INSIDE OF THE GRAVITY SUPPRESSION UNIT, IT BECOMES QUITE CRAMPED>
<CARDINAL RETURNS TO LEDAS’ GRAVITY SUPPRESSION UNIT; HE STEPS INSIDE, REVEALING DEWBERRY SITTING AT THE CONTROLS AND KINDLER WATCHING OVER THE TWO UNCONSCIOUS BOYS IN THE CORNER; KINDLER IS STARING AT HIS PISTOL, AS IF TROUBLED BY IT; SILVER AND CAPTAIN GREEN ARE TALKING AMONGST EACH OTHER, AND MANY OF THE OTHER SOLDIERS ARE JUST SITTING QUIETLY>
Cardinal: <SITS IN A CHAIR, WATCHING OVER IT ALL WITH A SORT OF TIRED SATISFACTION> Dewberry, take us out.
<THE SPACE POD TAKES TO THE AIR AND FLIES OFF; THEY LEAVE THE ATMOSPHERE AND ENTER INTO SPACE; CARDINAL WATCHES OUT THE WINDOW AS THEY GO UP, AND HE SEES THE MANY EXPLOSIONS COATING THE PLANET AS BUU RAVAGES EARTH; MANY PANELS SHOW THE DESTRUCTION BEING SEEN FROM HIS POSITION>
<Falling Awake REACHES 4:18 NOW>
<THE CAMERA TURNS BACK TO THE SPACE SHIP; CARDINAL SEES AN EXPLOSION; HE RECOILS SLIGHTLY; CARDINAL TURNS AWAY FROM THE WINDOW AND GOES BACK TO THE TWO SLEEPING BOYS; HE KNEELS DOWN BY THEM AND LOOKS INTO THEIR SLEEPING FACES; HE PATS THEM ON THE SHOULDERS BEFORE LOOKING AT KINDLER ONE LAST TIME>
- <END PLANET EARTH SAGA>
Cue Great Spirits. Credits roll during this time.
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- This is the first saga to not introduce any new non-humans.
- This is the only saga where Ledas has a perfect fighting record. He beats the two thugs, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Mr. Kyokatoshi, while losing to no one.
- This saga features the following swear words: "fuck", eight times; "shit", two times; "bitch", two times; "bastard", three times; "damn", two times.
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