Chapter 10: Breaking from the Battle

 Goten crashed into the ground below him. He coughed as sand, dust and dirt flew in his mouth and eyes. "Dammit," he sighed rubbing his shoulder.

 "You'll have to do better than that," Dori laughed. She stood breathing heavily as she and Goten sparred in the desert just under the palace. As she watched Goten jump to his feet, she laughed. "You look really cute all covered in dirt."

 "That hurt," he called over to her. He then flew up to her, at a blurring speed. They started to exchange blows again, until Goten grabbed her arm, and threw her into the ground. "How does that feel?" he asked.

 Dori stood behind him with her arms crossed. "Honestly, I wouldn't know," she smirked. As Goten turned around, she punched him in his face.

 Goten was thrown back a few feet, and looked at her. "You're getting better. But I'm not losing to my girlfriend." He rushed her. As he punched her in her stomach, he barely dodged a backward kick she was sending at his face. He stood straight, and grabbed her kicking leg. He easily threw her into, and through a small hill.

 "So," Dori said as she quickly flew back to him. She punched him in his stomach four times, and kicked him in his chest. "Is this some type of bizarre dating ritual of the Saiyain race?" she said as she wiped blood away from her mouth.

 "Don't have a clue." He smiled as he kicked her. "I think it may be some twisted trait, to find strong mates."

 Dori smirked as she dodged another kick turning to elbow him in his ribs. He caught her arm and held her. "What makes you say that?" she grabbed the back of his neck, and tossed him over her shoulder.

 "What I've seen so far," he answered as he corrected himself. "There's my mom, and Bulma, and Videl." Goten blurred and appeared behind Dori. He then tried to throw her to the ground.

 As a result, they both crashed into the ground, forming a new crater. "Who are they?" she asked as Goten covered both of their faces. "I know your mom's name is Chichi, but who are Bulma and Videl?"

 Goten grunted as he was hit in the back of the head by a rock. "Bulma is Trunks' mother, and Videl is Gohan's wife."

 Dori looked at Goten as he sat up. "You okay?" she asked as she saw a small trail of blood from his neck.

 "I'll live," he said as he touched the cut.

 "That's what you get," she said as she crossed her arms. She sat up, and turned her face away from him. "You shouldn't try slam me through the ground like that."

 He smirked as he moved closer to her. "Gomen nasiai," he whispered into her ear.

 Dori closed her eyes and shook her head so her ponytail could hit his face. "I don't want to hear it, you tried to kill me outright," she said.

 He touched her shoulder, and saw a small scar on her shoulder. He kissed it gently. "I really didn't mean it," he said. "I could never hurt you."

 "Liar," she said softly.

 Goten smiled as she tried to argue with him. "Dori-chan, would you forgive me?" he asked sweetly.

 She frowned. "No," she said.

 He kissed the back of her neck. "Negai," he said sweetly.

 Dori bit her lip as he put his arms around her waist. Her head tilted to the side as he started to kiss her neck. "You're not playing fair," she whispered. She felt him pull her closer to him as he gently bit her. "Goten," she gasped in shock.

 He turned her around, and looked into her green eyes. "Yes," he smiled innocently.

 She looked into his dark eyes, and hers narrowed. "I don't forgive you," she said stubbornly. "That really hurt, and your kissing up isn't making it better."

 Goten lowered his head, and sighed. "Okay," he sighed. He let her go, and they both stood. As Dori slowly flew out of the crater, he looked at her and smiled. "Hey Dori-chan," he called. "Marry me."

 Dori stopped cold. "He didn't just say that," she whispered in disbelief. With her eyes wide, she turned and looked at him.
"What?" she asked lowly.

 He laughed to himself. "Yup, Yamucha's daughter," he thought. As he flew up to her, he smiled at her. "I said, I want you to marry me," he said.

 She looked at him stunned. "You want me.... to marry you?" she asked. "Marriage," she whispered. As he nodded, she jumped around his neck. "Yes," she cried happily. She then grabbed his arm, and threw him into the ground, making a crater, in the crater. "I just had to pay you back for that," she said as she flew down to him.

 "Am I forgiven now?" he asked as he sat up.

 She knelt down, and kissed him deeply.

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 Twyla walked down to Isa's room, and sighed. "I don't even know why I'm doing this," she mumbled to herself. As she reached the door, she sighed. "Because as much as you hate to admit it, you care about the lug," she thought. As she was about to knock on the door, Isa opened it. "Hi," she said lowly.

 Isa looked at her, and sighed. "Hi, what's wrong?" he asked. As he received a strange look from her, he smirked. "The only time you ever come down to where I stay, be it here, in the caverns, or when we were back home, was when something was wrong."

 She chuckled nervously. "Is it that bad?" she asked.

 "No," Isa folded his arms, and leaned against the doorway. "But what's wrong?"

 She lowered her head. "I wanted to see if you were okay. At dinner you became really distant, and then you just got up and left..."

 Isa's eyes widened as he listened to her. "You want to come in?" he asked.

 "Weren't you about to go out?" she asked.

 "I knew you were coming," he said simply.

 Twyla smirked as she walked into his room. "Are you ever going to tell me what happened?" she asked. "Or am I just going to have to find out for myself?"

 He sighed. "About my family?" he asked.

 "Look, you and I are partners, remember? We're supposed to watch each other's backs, fronts and places in between. I know you don't know everything about me, but I know close to nothing about you."

 "What do you want to know?"

 Twyla looked at him, and sighed. "I want to know everything about you."

 "I don't know everything about you."

 "What do you want to know?"

 Isa looked into her eyes. With serious eyes, he touched her face. "Do you love me?" he asked.

 Her eyes widened. She tried to turn away, but he drew her closer to him. "Isa...." she started. As he lowered his eyes, Twyla shook her head. "I love you with all my heart," she whispered much to her own surprise. She stepped back, and blushed. "Was that what you wanted?" she asked.

 "No," he whispered. Before she could react, Isa pulled her close to him, and covered her mouth with his own.

 Twyla fell into his arms as she melted into his kiss. As she felt him lift her off of the floor, she put her arms around his neck. She pulled away slightly, and looked into his eyes. "Is that all you wanted to know?" she asked.

 Isa smiled as he put her down. "No. But it can wait," he smiled. His smiled soon disappeared, and he sighed. "You said you wanted to know about me, right?"

 "Yeah," she said softly. She walked with him over to the bed, and they both sat on it. "At dinner, Bulma asked about Stevie's mother. You reacted the same way when I asked you about you mother when we met. You said she was ‘different.' I then thought about what Stevie was telling me a long time ago. She said that even though at times you two don't see eye to eye, you both still take after your mother."

 Isa looked into Twyla's eyes. "Yes, she's my half sister. When I was born, my tail was removed, and it never dared to grow back."

 She looked at him, and gently touched his face. "Thank you," she whispered.

 He moved his head toward her hand, and kissed it.

 Twyla looked into his eyes, and saw the faint trace of tears. She wrapped her arms around him, and hugged him.

 He held her tightly. "I love you Twyla," he whispered.

 She nodded. "I know. I know you do."

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 Sierra and Stevie sat on the roof of the building. "Take up as much of this as you can," Stevie sighed. "The Warrior clan attacks tomorrow."

 "Vegita sent Bulma to go and stay with Goten's family. I think he said something about someone else called Kakarot coming here too," Sierra said lowly.

 "He's not coming. And my father left with his wife." Stevie sighed. "I told him that this wasn't a fight that he and his friends could win. We have a chance, but you still haven't completed your training. You still haven't taken that last step into your emotions that you need to reach the final stage."

 "But there is no final stage Stevie," Sierra said lowly. "There's no end to how much power one person could hold. Not with us. I have to get as good as Dulcia, if not better."

 "And you need more time."

 Sierra lowered her head and sighed. "I know that. But I can't let all of this happen because of me."

 Stevie looked at her and smiled. "You speak like a true noble."

 "I'm just doing what I have to."

 "I understand." Stevie then looked at the sunset. "You have to go back you know," she said lowly.

 The wind blew, throwing their hair all kinds of ways. "And I'll lose Trunks forever," Sierra said lowly.

 "No you won't. You two love each other too much for that to happen. You'll be back, or he can go with you. Either way, you'll find a way to be together."

 Sierra lower her head slightly. "I doubt Vegita left on his own free will, did he?"

 Stevie smirked as she pushed her hair away from her eyes. "He had some help from a Shitarian seditive in his coffee."

 "He's going to be upset with you," Sierra said lowly.

 "But he'll still be alive," Stevie responded. She saw Sierra turn her head, and nodded. "It's getting late. You should turn in. Or you could go and talk to Trunks. Either way, we should get inside."

 "Hai," Sierra said jumping to her feet. She and Stevie both jumped off of the roof, and glided to the ground. "I'll see you in the morning."