Part 7

Goku found himself perched precariously atop a cliff. He had flown all the way there without thought, tears flowing freely down his face till there were no more. He had no idea where he was going or what he was going to do when he got there, he just needed to get away. He sat down with his legs hanging down the cliff side, arms crossed over his thighs, and head hung low in contemplation. He sighed, remembering the past.

The hues of red, orange, yellow, and pink blending across the landscape went unnoticed, as did a group of people standing a few hundred feet behind him, talking in a language he wouldn't have understood even if he were listening. Most pointed and stared, a few even took pictures, others went to get help, thinking that he was going to jump or fall. He didn't notice, but someone else did. That person made sure to land without detection. He walked to within a few feet of the group of people and leapt over the guardrail. This caused an even bigger commotion from the crowd, not knowing the strange man's intentions.

The dark figure walked up to Goku, his shadow playing across the sand. He seamed to go unnoticed by the saiyan resting on the cliff side, even as he stopped beside him.

"Baka! Why did you run?" Vegeta questioned as he sat beside Goku.

"I . . . I didn't know what else to do." Goku stammered, not yet facing his companion. "Why did you do it? Why did you bring me back when you knew Chichi had remarried? Why?" Goku's tears flew once more, as he questioned his resurrecter.

"For purely selfish reasons, why else? I was going to tell you, let you down easy, but you left before I could talk to you." he paused, waiting for Goku's reaction.

"Oh. I guess I couldn't wait to . . ." Goku paused, realizing that more was said than what he first heard. "Selfish reasons? Like what? I can't imagine you'd go through all this trouble just for a sparring partner. Am I missing something here?" Goku asked, not sure how he'd feel knowing the answer. The man beside him closed his eyes and sighed.

"Baka . . . You really have no idea, do you?" he stared out at the sinking sun, avoiding Goku's eyes.

"No, I don't. I'm sorry, Vegeta, but could you just, you know . . . tell me? Straight out?" Goku asked He wasn't completely clueless. Goku could feel there was something different between them, a pull that wasn't there before, or maybe he just hadn't noticed it before. It made his heart ache in a way that was both foreign and familiar to him. He hoped he was right about what it meant, but didn't want to assume that Vegeta felt it too

Vegeta clenched his fists, teeth clamped, and eyes closed tight. He couldn't believe Goku was going to make him say it! He tried to steel his nerve. He had wanted to tell him since the first day he saw him, but circumstances did not permit him to do so. But now, he can, but he was afraid. He wasn't sure how Goku would react, or if he even felt the same for him, even in some small capacity. He sighed. There was only one way he'd find out.

"I . . ." he started, his voice not wanting to cooperate.

"Yes? You what?" Goku asked, trying to get him to just say it. The anticipation was driving him nuts! "Come on, Vegeta! Just spit it out already!"

"Damnit, Kakkarrot, I love you!" Vegeta yelled, then turned his face away, to hide his blush. Damn him! I did NOT want to tell him like that!

"Wow, really?" Goku was taken aback, surprised by the exclamation.

"I would not have said it if I had not meant it. Baka." Vegeta looked back at Goku, who was grinning from ear to ear. "What?"

"I love you to, Vegeta!" Goku's own affirmation was followed by a crushing bear-hug. "I love all my friends!"

Vegeta's heart sank. He didn't understand. "That's not what I meant and you're crushing me!" Vegeta pulled away, albeit reluctantly, even if he was being crushed by an over zealous saiyan.

"Sorry." Goku apologized sheepishly. "If that's not what you meant, then . . . what did you mean?" Goku was, in fact, playing it safe. 'Love' did, afterall, have many meanings and uses. How would he know if Vegeta meant platonically and not romatically? It could have been some saiyan thing that Goku was completely unaware of. He had to be sure.

Vegeta sighed, shaking his head. "This . . ." he placed his hand behind Goku's neck, ". . . is what I meant." and pulled him into a hot, passionate kiss that left no room for doubt. Their kiss deepened as their need devoured what was left of their inhibitions. Tongues clashed, fighting for dominence, neither giving in. The sun disappeared below the horizon and the remaining light was fading fast as the dark took over. Neither noticed.

~It was at that very moment that four people kissed their true love, two fathers and two sons.~

A/N: . . . Well, who did you *think* it was going to be? ^^;;

A/N2: I just had to write some of this one. It just irked me to no end. It's not perfect yet, but this will suffice. For now. ^_~

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