|This story, The Man Who Blue Himself, is written with the intent to preserve and respect the official Dragon Ball canon, and to fit perfectly into the established Dragon Ball universe, per this policy.|
Klaus Meyer was physically pathetic, to the point where the very fact that he chose to join the Red Ribbon army was mystifying to most. He didn't have the lean, powerful body that one would expect from a Red Ribbon Army Volunteer. Instead, he resembled five strands of spaghetti glued to each other, with a flat layer of blond hair at the top.
Naturally, he was mocked by nearly everyone around him, but one man in particular made it his life's purpose to cause Klaus as much pain as he could inflict. His went by the name General Orange, his actual name was all but irrelevant to himself and everyone else. He was a tall, wide man, who appeared less like a human, and more like a brick that had learned to talk, but only knew enough about human speech to say venomous insults directed at Klaus.
Today, he was feeling particularly enraged. He was instructing a small squad of recruits, that Klaus had the misfortune to be on.
"Now listen up, maggots," Orange screamed through his megaphone, his already booming voice now sounding like a some god screaming his commandments from the heavens. "Today, I'm going to put you through hell. Do you understand?"
"Sir, yes sir!" the recruits shouted in unison, staring at the course in front of them. They would have to climb up a rock wall, before climbing through a pit of mud back on the ground. And to make it more unpleasant, they would have to listen to General Orange's voice, the sound of which could be compared to having someone jam their fist into your ear.
Orange blew into his whistle, the shrill sound ravaging the eardrums of his recruits, as they almost instantly sprung into action, each one racing towards the rock wall with unimaginable and nearly inhuman swiftness.
Everyone, except Klaus, at least. In his clumsy attempt to start as strong as the other recruits, he found his legs aflame, and his lungs feeling like someone was slowly dragging a dagger along them. He placed his hands upon his knees, panting like an animal. "Run faster, faggot!" Orange screamed. Orange's insult was like a shot of adrenaline. Klaus was propelled by his own rage. His hatred rejuvenated him, giving him the strength to propel himself to the rock wall. His small, weak fists clutched one rock after another, using his toothpick-thin arms and legs to pull himself to the top. He felt a need to vomit, but his stomach was completely empty, so he ended up releasing pathetic, dry gags, like the noise a man would make right after he was choked to death.
He climbed the rope down from the rock wall. The other recruits had already finished the course. He looked at their mud-drenched bodies with envy. He wished he could be like them, the one waiting at the finish line for the pathetic, worthless wimp to finish, instead of being the pathetic worthless wimp that failed to finish. He looked at the pit of mud with repulsion. Nothing that General Orange could do to would possibly be worse than bathing himself in the filthy, bubbling mud below him.
"Ugh, there's no way!" he said.
General Orange growled and muttered several filthy things beneath his breath. Pieces of his megaphone scattered everywhere as it smashed against the ground, thrown from the hands of a red-faced General Orange.
Klaus felt a set of impossibly strong fingers wrap around the back of his head. Before he could react, he felt the warm, filthy disgusting feeling of the mud surround his entire head. He opened his mouth to scream, but he only found it filled with more of the repulsive substance. He gagged, and closed his mouth. Finally, Orange loosened his grip. Klaus pulled himself out, gagging. From behind the cover of mud that caked his face, warm and vengeful tears descended from his blue eyes.
His puny fists were clenched so tightly that Klaus could feel the throbbing within his hand. He wanted to smash his hands into Orange's face, to watch his head explode while his skull cracked into an infinite number of fragments. But alas, Orange was a monster, and he was but a man. Not even. He was a disgrace.
He sighed, turning back towards Orange, waiting for him to give him his next instruction. "Go back to the barracks" he said. "You too!" he shouted at the other recruits. The recruits dispersed, with the exception of Klaus. He couldn't hold himself back. Klaus held his hand out in front of him, raising his middle finger into the air, directly at Orange's face.
Orange was so absurdly infuriated that any attempt to describe it would be futile. Orange wrapped his inhumanly massive hand around Klaus's neck. Without a word, he squeezed tighter and tighter. Klaus tried to gasp, but Orange's hand allow him not a single breath of air. His face began to turn a sickening shade of purple. He gagged, and felt a tunnel close around him...black and endless...
"Stop," a voice said. Orange turned around, and released Klaus. He fell to the ground pathetically. The voice was slightly dry and gravely, but wise. Not wise in the way that a martial arts master would be, but wise in the malevolent genius sense. And indeed, this man was a malevolent genius. His name was Doctor Gero, one of the top scientists for the Red Ribbon Army. His face was weathered, almost craggy, as if he had spent most of his life in direct sunlight. He had a large, white mustache between his upper lip and nose, and dirty white hair that reached down to his shoulders.
"I need the boy for later," he said, glancing down at Klaus's body.
"Why? He could barely lift 20 pounds. I don't see what good he'd be," Orange responded.
"Are you questioning me?" Gero asked, his voice now authoritative.
"Now, please refrain from attempting to kill him in the future," Gero said before turning away from Orange and pacing back towards his lab. "He said I couldn't kill you" Orange said, both eyes now pointed at the partially lifeless body of Klaus. "He never said that I couldn't beat you within an inch of your life. Remember that. Now get your faggot ass back to the barracks."
"Mph!" was all Klaus could say.
Klaus returned to the barracks, and slipped into his bed. He wrapped his hands around the edge of the bed, squeezing with all of his strength. He felt so weak, so hopeless. Orange could do anything he wanted to him that Gero would let him get away with, all because he was lucky enough to be born a monster of a man.
That's all it was, luck. Power is decided only by the flip of a coin, and Klaus's coin was stuck tails-up eternally. It was all so unfair. All of it and everything. He wanted to hurt Orange in any way possible. He didn't just want to hurt him, he wanted to burn him, to cause him astronomical amounts of pain. But he couldn't, because the universe decided to fuck him over. "Goddammit" he whispered to himself. He rose from his bed, put a jacket on himself, and stepped outside into the cold, crisp air.
He took a deep breath. He saw a squirrel dart in front of him. His eyes were immediately fixed upon it, and they refused to move, no matter how the squirrel moved. He swiftly lunged at it, and through sheer luck, managed to catch the squirming creature in his hands. He stared at it, letting bizarre, almost girlish giggles out.
First, he dug his thin fingers into the creature's eyes. It shrieked out in pain, which only caused Klaus's eyes to widen in a childlike state of wonder. Blood squirted from the creature's eyes and onto his hand. He imagined this thing was General Orange, small, vulnerable, nothing more than a toy to break and throw away. He was the powerful one now, he was the one in control, the one pushing his face into the mud. He squeezed just a bit tighter, accidentally crushing the creature's entire head. Various repulsive bodily fluids dripped onto Klaus's shirt, which he quickly removed.
Without a single empathetic thought towards the creature, he made his way back to the barracks. Klaus's small stature and pitiful weight gave him an advantage, allowing him to slip back in without the floor creaking once.
His hand wrapped around the doorknob to the bathroom, twisting it with immense caution. He took a silent leap, landing in the bathroom. He ran his hand under the perpetually frigid sink water, washing away the red that stained his hands. The blood seeped into the drain, no doubt being carried off somewhere, out of the sights and minds of everyone and anyone important.
His sin was invisible, dissolved in an infinite sea of water, just like all the others. He departed towards his bed, his urge to kill and torture finally satisfied. He shut his eyes and enjoyed a peaceful sleep, his dreams filled with fantasies of Orange being killed in a variety of indescribably horrific ways.
Elsewhere, Orange stumbled into Gero's lab, his fists clenched as always. Gero gave him a brief glare of contempt before once again burying his face in his work. Orange slammed his hand down on Gero's desk. Gero gave him another hateful look before asking "What do you want?"
"I have orders directly from Commander Red," he said, the good doctor retreating back into his papers.
"Yes, what does he want? Doesn't he know that I'm busy?"
"He wants answers," he snarled. "Like what you're planning to do with that blond kid."
"I told you, I have my reasons, and they're too complex for a simpleton like you to understand."
"What did you just call me?" he screamed, drops of spittle flying into Gero's face, which he flicked off with a quiet rage.
"I don't think you understand what I'm saying, old man," Orange said. "If the commander doesn't get answers, it's gonna be your ass on the line."
Gero sighed. "If you must," he said. "I'm working on a scientific training method, to improve our weakest soldiers into some of our strongest. Klaus was simply an ideal candidate for this program. I did not want to tell Red until I finished perfecting the method, but now you've forced me to. Now, run along, tell the Commander what he wants to know, and leave me to my work."
"Fine, but Red doesn't want you keeping any more secrets from him, understand?" Gero grunted, his mustache twitching. It was the closest thing he could offer to a "yes" as he was already fully absorbed into his notes. When he was in this state of focus, it would take nothing short of a gunshot to snap him out of it.
Klaus laid on his bed, attempting to twirl what little hair he had in his tightly cut flat-top, whistling a tune to himself. In the few days since his encounter with the squirrel, Orange seemed to be kinder to him. Sure, he was still as abusive as ever, but his wrath seemed to be spread out, instead of Klaus being singled out as his least favorite. Klaus was still experiencing a kind of low, bubbling misery, but it was manageable, at least.
Klaus lifted up his pillow to fluff it. At this point, he thought, he deserved a comfortable sleep. He spotted something underneath his pillow. He saw that it was a small piece of paper, with a note written on it. It read:
"I saw what you did. Meet me in room R-12.
Klaus gulped. He dragged himself towards room R-12, his frail body twitching. He had to stop twice on the way, to vomit. Eventually, he managed to calm himself down. A soldier's duty was to kill, after all, and that is all he did. Or perhaps Gero was referring to something else entirely. He took a deep breath, and opened the door to R-12.
R-12 was a small room, with only a pair of chairs on opposite ends of the room, facing each other, and some humble wooden furniture, only there to hold up pens, random pieces of paper, and lamps that cast a weak, yellow light across the entire room. Sitting on the leftmost chair was an impossibly handsome silver-haired man, who smiled at Klaus as he entered.
"Shut the door, and sit down." he said.
"Y-yes." Klaus said, closing the door behind him, and sitting on the edge of his soft leather chair.
"Please, relax, sit back," the man said, smiling reassuringly. "You're not in any kind of trouble."
Klaus relaxed, laid back, but still twitched slightly. "W-why am I here, then?"
"I observed your incident with that rodent." he said. "I'm in charge of several security cameras throughout this place, designed by Doctor Gero to monitor the outsider for invaders, and whatnot. I told Doctor Gero that you may be troubled, and he decided to set you up for a psychological exam. It's as simple as that, really."
The silver-haired man spoke in a soft, almost hypnotic tone, that made him want to fall asleep.
"Now, I want you to be comfortable," he said. "Think of me as a friend, and not a doctor." He flashed another flawless smile at Klaus, who couldn't help but blush.
"Right," Klaus said, nodding.
"Now," the man said. "What exactly motivated you to do this? How were you feeling at the time?"
"Well," Klaus said, trying to sound more articulate, in a subconscious attempt to impress the silver-haired man. "I, well, uh...I suppose I-."
"Please, take your time," the therapist said, crossing his legs.
"Alright. Well, I"m under the command of a General," Klaus tried as hard as he could to avoid saying Orange's name directly. Somehow, he felt as though Orange would find out if he did.
"And for a while, he seemed to single me out."
"Ah, so you felt directly abused by him? Like you had your power and agency taken away from you?" his therapist said, writing something down on his clipboard.
"And killing this creature was a way of asserting your dominance, which you felt as though you had lost by this overly controlling General?"
Klaus nodded again.
"Ah, well, would you mind if I asked you about your childhood?"
Klaus nodded, hesitantly.
"Would you consider your parents to be overly critical? Did they often punish you for small things?"
"Yes," Klaus said, eyes widening. "My mother once caught me picking my nose. I got the belt for that."
The therapist took another note. "I believe that's all I need for now, Mr. Meyer."
His therapist stood up, and extended his hand to Klaus, who took it, and shook it.
"Thank you," Klaus said, getting up to exit.
"You're quite a handsome young man, you know," his therapist said. Klaus froze. "Yes, uh, you too."
He walked back to his own quarters, tossed the note in the trash, and laid back.
In his lab, Dr. Gero watched the footage of Klaus's therapy session on a monitor. "Well, I suppose that counts as a successful Turing test." he said with a craggy, ancient grin.
Klaus found himself wide awake, with pain and soreness echoing throughout his entire body. He was awake, certainly, but he was still surrounded by darkness, completely blind. He felt as though he had just been put on a medieval stretcher, his muscles sore, his bones throbbing. He attempted to move, but found his body rejecting his brain's whims. As of now, his mind and his body were completely separate entities.
"Am I still dreaming?" he muttered, finding that, at the very least, his jaw was controllable.
"Get up," the loudspeakers boomed with the familiar voice of Dr. Gero.
"What have you done to me?" Klaus said. He began to feel in sync with his own limbs, at least, and tried to lift himself off the ground. To his surprise, his appendages felt much heavier than they used to, as if someone had tied 50 pound weights to his hands and feet.
"I can't see!" he cried out.
"The blindness will wear off," Gero said. "The sooner you get up, the sooner you'll get used to your new body, and the sooner the side effects will diminish."
At this point, Klaus was certain that he wasn't dreaming. He curled his toes, and formed a fist with his hands. He moved his arms up and down, in a comical way, finding them lighter than before. He was like a newborn child, learning to move.
Finally, he gained control of his legs, pushing himself off the ground, as his vision went from black, to muddy, to clearer than it had ever been.
Klaus looked down, noticing that the ground had never been quite so far away from him before. He took a look at each of his arms, seeing that they were bulging with musculature.
He looked around, finding himself in a dingy, musty-smelling basement, with a door on each end. Speakers were hooked up to ever corner of the ceiling, along with security cameras nearby.
"What have you done to me?" he screamed at one of the speakers.
"I've improved you. Take off your shirt. Look down at your chest."
He did as commanded, noticing the increase in muscle around his torso, too. He saw a small metal disc placed near his heart, that would bleep at three second intervals.
"I've placed a small explosive near your heart, as you can see," Gero said. "If you fail to do as I say, you will be killed."
Gero cleared his throat, and spoke as if he was reading off of a list. "I am going to explain your situation to you. I've been testing an experimental formula for quite a while now, designed to greatly increase the strength of a soldier. All previous attempts have been failures, but due to your... rather weak body, the serum seemed to work properly. The following steps will be a test-run, to ensure that you are prepared for combat, as the Red Ribbon Army's first Overman. First, proceed to the door to your right."
The rightmost door opened, and Klaus stepped through. He found himself in a circular, arena-like room, with another door on the far end.
"Now, wait for your next instructions," Gero said.
The second door opened up, something stepped out. It was... well, person might've been too flattering a term for what this thing was. It looked like a lumpy, bloated, tumorous bag of flesh, dragging itself along with one leg to small the bones could be seen through its skin, and another so swollen it looked like an elephant's leg. It had a similar metal disc placed around its chest area, and its deformed face dribbled with snot and spittle.
"Take a good look at this," Gero said. "This is what you almost were, if you weren't so lucky. Now, for your final task, I want you to kill it. Failure to do so will result in your death."
The creature lumbered towards Klaus, surprisingly fast for something that shouldn't have been able to move at all. It raised on of its enormous arms, smashing it down at Klaus's head.
Klaus braced for the moment when his head would certainly crack open from the force, but instead, felt almost nothing, as the beast's arm struck him with a wet plop.
Klaus grabbed the thing's arm, and pulled at it, tearing it off as if it was tissue paper. He smiled. This was what true power felt like.
"On your knees!" Klaus shouted at the thing. "Submit yourself to me!"
The creature dropped to its knees, the dismembered thing looking down at the ground, prepared for Klaus to deliver the finishing blow.
"Oh yes," he said, grinning.
The creature let out a low grunt, barely audible. It then repeated the grunt, coherently. "Mercy" it said.
Klaus placed his hand on the creature's head, gently pushing it forward, so it laid on its stomach. He brought his foot up, and with a brutal downward arc, curb-stomped the thing's head into the floor. He killed it, yes, but not out of hatred, out of pity. Gero was not pleased.
Klaus heard a thud, and saw that the bomb had detached itself from his chest, and now lay harmlessly on the ground. "Return to the room you started in, and then go through the left door."
Klaus walked towards the previous room, as the left door opened. The room was barely big enough for a person, with only a vial of a clear liquid on a podium.
"Drink," Gero said.
Klaus took a swig of the strange liquid, and found himself blinded once again, and everything faded into warmth and darkness.
General Orange was sitting at his desk, enjoying the finest cigar his salary could afford him. A thick blue halo of smoke hung around his face, as he chuckled about a joke a friend had told him years ago.
Someone knocked on his door.
"Yeah yeah, come in," he said, removing the cigar from between his lips.
A boy came in, who couldn't possibly have been over the age of 18. He wore a Red Ribbon Army uniform, with a sack of mail tied around his waist. "A message from Red himself," he said, handing an envelope to Orange, and darting out of the room.
"This better be a fucking promotion," he grumbled, clumsily tearing open the envelope and pulling out the paper within.
The letter was neatly typed up, with Red's signature at the bottom. As Red didn't have time to write letters himself, he would dictate them to his secretary, who would stamp them with his signature using a machine designed by the wonderful Dr. Gero.
"We have reason to believe that Klaus is a traitor to the Red Ribbon Army. We've noticed an increase in his physicality overnight, seemingly. Intelligence suggests that he's acquired some form of steroids, and plans to use his new-found strength to damage the Army from the inside. We believe he's received these steroids from his therapist. We need you to take out Klaus, and his co-conspirator, and do it discretely. If word gets out about a double agent, morale will plummet, and you know we can't have that. Your orders are to take out his therapist, and then wait for Klaus to come to room R-12 for his follow-up session. You will kill him there."
"That little faggot" Orange said, crumpling up the paper and tossing it to his feet. "I should've known, what other reason would a little pussy like him have for joining the army? Goddamn little worm."
Klaus awoke in his bed, and checked underneath his pillow, to check for another note. And sure enough, there was. It read:
"I'd like to meet you for a follow-up session, as soon as possible.
'Quite a handsome young man.'"
Klaus chuckled. Everything seemed to be going his way. He made a note to himself to thank the good Doctor, for getting Orange off of his case, for hooking him up with such a pleasant therapist, and for turning him into an experimental super-weapon, which, as it turns out, was quite a nice thing to be.
Before strolling off to his therapist, Klaus waited for his fellow soldiers to wake up, to show off his knew physique. All of the other soldiers crowded around him, watching Klaus flex with a sly grin.
"Damn, how'd you get so cut?" one of them said.
"Oh, all it takes is a little effort," Klaus said. "I'm sure the rest of you could get like me, with a little work."
Klaus absorbed a few more compliments before he was satisfied, and took a casual walk to room R-12.
He found his therapist face-down in a puddle of blood, with his arms and legs twisted at inhuman angles. He looked like a broken toy. Standing over him was Orange, panting, cigar still squeezed between his big, ugly fucking lips.
"I have orders from the Commander to kill you, you lying, traitorous little f-"
Klaus had Orange's right arm in his grip, with his boot pressed against Orange's back. He pushed down with his foot, snapping Orange's arm in one place, and dislocating it in another, with a nice, satisfying crunch.
Klaus enjoyed the sound so much that he grabbed Orange's fist next, during his feeble attempt at a punch. Klaus squeezed with just enough force to shatter his entire hand, setting off an absolutely wonderful chorus of broken bones, forming a pleasant rhythm with Orange's agonized screams.
Klaus continued to experiment with Orange's body, trying to see which parts of his body would do what. He found that leg bones were somewhat harder to break, but produced a very nice snap, and a wondrous scream from the victim, and that feet produce a very disappointing reaction, and should probably be ignored. And of course, a boot to the crotch is always a classic.
Klaus looked at Orange's broken, crippled body, trying to figure out a proper ending to his masterpiece of pain. Throwing him out a window, and watching him fall before splatting on the ground? A bit impersonal, and he wouldn't be able to get a close enough view of the gore. Shooting him? Far too clean and easy.
"Ah!" he said. He took his thumbs, and pressed them into Orange's eye socket, popping like water balloons. "There we go!" he said, giggling like a child.
"Hmm, of course, that's not much of a finisher, now is it?"
"M-mercy," Orange said, looked up at Klaus uselessly with his empty eye sockets.
Klaus placed his foot on Orange's chest, making sure he was in just the right position for this to work. Finally, he grabbed Orange's head between his two massive hands.
"Sie werden leiden, denn ich bin der Übermensch!" he shouted. Pushing down with his foot, flesh tore, bones shattered, and Orange was without a head.
Klaus took Orange's headless body, and dragged it across the floor, and into the hallways.
He dragged it across the floor, whistling a cheerful tune that his mother would always sing to him. He reached his quarters, and opened the door, tossing Orange's useless body onto the ground.
"Like I said before," Klaus said, looking at the stunned faces of his fellow soldiers. "All you need is a little work, and you can be just like me."
Gero stepped into General Red's office, and greeted commander with a bow. "I am pleased to inform you that the traitorous Orange has been dealt with," he said. "I found him murdering a young psychologist in my employ, so I sent Klaus, a test subject in my Overman project to deal with him. I am very sorry for acting without your command, sir, but I had to kill him quickly, before he could cause any more harm."
"Excellent, Commander Red said. "Tell Klaus that I'll have him promoted for his actions."
"I'll give him the good news as soon as I can," Gero said.
Repairing Orange's body was no small feat. The young soldier, or as he was now known, General Blue, had really gone above and beyond. It took weeks to rearrange his bones into the proper position, and even longer to attach his head. The parts that were damaged beyond repair were replaced with mechanical substitutes, of course, as well as anything that needed improvement, like Orange's diseased lungs.
Orange's limp corpse was propped up on a machine, hooked up to various electrical wires, with fluids being pumped in and out of him.
Gero threw a large switch attached to the machine, which sparked and sputtered, filling the dead body with volt after volt of power.
Gero flipped the switch into its original position, gazing upon his creation.
"Now, rise, Android 3!" Gero said, as his cyborg creation opened its eyes, and broke free from Gero's machine, ripping electrical wires out of his body.
Gero stood eye-to-eye with his android. "Hmph. Not bad for a third attempt," he said, shuffling through some of his papers. "Of course, there's always still work to be done. And the pursuit of science justifies all means, does it not?" he asked his creation.
"Mercyyy," it groaned in a grim, mechanical voice.
"Note: Fit Android 4 with an improved vocal device," Gero wrote to himself.
- The title is a reference to this.