Chapter 1: Important Meeting
It was common knowledge in the afterlife that news, be it good or bad ones, have this strange ability of spreading really fast. So it was no wonder that one day later the mood of nearly all occupants of the Other World was more than a bit grim – especially those of the four Kaious and the Dai Kaiou. Something that no one would have ever thought could happen had happened. The Kaioushin had died, along with his bodyguard – killed by whom they had yet to find out.
Unfortunately the person who could answer that question had sent the Dai Kaiou a message earlier that day, telling him that his arrival would be a bit delayed due to other, also important matters, he had to attend to. And now all the notables of the Afterlife were gathered in the palace of the Dai Kaiou, waiting more or less patiently and in silence for this person who would throw light on the dark of that mysterious death.
“I’m bored…” a voice suddenly whispered. The owner of the voice, a man with spiky black hair and black eyes, wearing a blue shirt covered by an orange gi and having a halo flying above his head, had his elbow propped up on his knee and his chin resting in his hand, while his eyes were darting around the hall, observing all the different people in the hope to find someone he knew, what was most unlikely due to the sheer number of people there, when a loud grumble was being heard coming from his stomach. “And hungry…”
The man next to him on the bench, a blue catfish-like being with two antennas on and also a halo above his head, let out an annoying sigh. “Goku, I’ve told you to stay home, but you wanted to come with me.”
“But Kaiousama,” Goku whined, “I wanted to know who was able to take the Kaioushin down. I mean, when he’s really that a big shot as you told me, the one must have been extremely powerful.”
The Northern Kaiou noticed how already a few heads turned towards them and felt his face becoming warm of embarrassment. “Goku,” he hissed. “Not so loud.”
“Oops.” He quickly clasped his hands over his mouth and said then in a muffled voice, “Sorry.”
At about the same time on the other side of the hall one small green-skinned boy was sitting on a chair, nervously fidgeting with his hands. He didn’t know what he should do – staring in awe at his surroundings or just staring at the floor, trying to avoid any strange eye contact with the other, definitely more important persons than him in the large hall. Many of them were throwing him glances as if asking what a small kid like him was doing at an important meeting like this. Even he was asking himself that question. He had just been the guardian of Earth for not more than three weeks, so why was he already at a meeting, where the death of the highest being in the universe was being discussed? You could say that he was more than a bit surprised, when suddenly a servant of none other than the Dai Kaiou had appeared on his Lookout, asking him to be there, where he was right now. Dende sighed. Hopefully he would find out why his presence here was acquired some time during this meeting.
Suddenly he heard a whining voice, which was well known to the small green guardian of Earth. His head jerked up, while his eyes were wandering through the hall and there he saw him – on the other side of the hall Goku was sitting, together with whom he assumed to be the Northern Kaiou. He just wanted to get up and walk over to them, when someone cleared his throat and all attention was drawn to the front of the hall, including his and Goku’s, whose eyes suddenly changed from showing boredom to showing curiosity for what would happen now.
In front of everyone an old man with a long white beard and hair was standing, dressed in a black robe and wearing sunglasses. Dende asked himself if this was the Dai Kaiou, but his question was answered, when someone next to him started to whisper, confirming his assumption. So, this really was the Dai Kaiou. Didn’t look too powerful, but that didn’t mean anything of course. Dende knew from own experiences that you shouldn’t judge people after their outer appearance. Heck, who of the people in the hall would think that he, a mere child, was the god of a planet called Earth?
The young god’s thoughts were interrupted, when the Dai Kaiou cleared his throat a second time and finally began to talk. “Ladies and Gentlemen, people of the living realm and the afterlife, fellow Gods and Goddesses. I just wanted to let you know that I just got a message of the person we are all…”
Before the Dai Kaiou could finish the sentence, two men, a large and a small one, suddenly materialized in the hall next to the Dai Kaiou. Excited and disbelieving murmurs immediately went through the hall, while the smaller one of the two just smirked down at them.
“But that’s…” the Northern Kaiou mumbled disbelieving, before he realized his mistake and let out a chuckle. “Of course…”
“What is it, Kaiousama?” Goku asked confused. “Who is that?”
“These two are the Kaioushin and his friend Kibito,” he informed the dead warrior.
“WHAT?! But I thought they were dead!”
“Of course they are, Goku. Don’t you see the halos above their heads? They are just as dead as we are and the Kaioushin has – of course, if I may add – the same privilege you and I have. He and obviously also Kibito were allowed to keep their bodies.”
“I see,” Goku said smiling. “But that means that the whole situation isn’t that bad. So they just continue their life, err unlife here in the Other World.”
The Kaioushin waited for a short time, until the murmurs had almost died down, before he started to speak. “I’m sorry for letting you wait so long,” he said, “but I first had to bail my friend Kibito out of heaven and talk Enma Daiou into giving him his body back.” He chuckled lightly, much to the confusion of everyone else in the hall. They couldn’t understand what there was to laugh about. Didn’t they understand that they were dead? “And to answer the questions you might have – Yes, I am the Kaioushin, this is Kibito and yes, we are dead, and just the like the Northern Kaiou, of whom I’ve heard that he’d died about two weeks ago, and most other people on this planet, we were allowed to keep our bodies.”
Again a few murmurs went through the crowd and Kibito used the time to bow down and whisper into his friend’s ear, “Lord Kaioushin, I think you should tell them now the reason of our death.”
The Kaioushin nodded and turned his attention back to the ‘audience’. “But now enough of that. Tell me, has anyone of you ever heard of Majin Buu?” Just few people nodded, having terrified and shocked expression on their faces, while the rest either shook their heads or looked questioningly at the Kaioushin, urging him to go on. “Well, for those of you who don’t know him – Majin Buu is a terrible monster, a demon to be precise. He has already killed four Kaioushins – I was the only one who has survived his attack – but fortunately his creator, a magician with the name Bibidi, sealed him away in a sphere, because he started to fear Buu’s power and that he wouldn’t be able to control him any longer. I had been able to kill Bibidi, but yesterday my worst nightmare came true. Bibidi’s son Babidi came to my planet to kill me, so that I wouldn’t be able to stop him from resurrecting Buu.”
But how could this Babidi kill the Kaioushin and his friend, when then Kaioushin had been able to kill his father? Goku asked himself. Was this Babidi that strong?
“No, Goku, Babidi isn’t strong enough to kill me and Kibito on his own,” Kaioushin answered, looking at Goku, who just looked up startled. “He hadn’t come to me alone. With him was the Demon Lord Darbura, the strongest being in the Universe of Evil. He had been the one to kill us without breaking into sweat. You must know Babidi has the ability to possess people with evil in their hearts – that’s how he made Darbura his henchman.” He paused a bit, waiting if he could pick up any thoughts or questions that he needed to comment or answer, but they all just looked at him expectantly. “Fortunately I think that Babidi isn’t that familiar with the rules of the afterlife. He probably thinks that I’m gone for good and can’t interfere in his work anymore.” He smirked. “Well, he doesn’t know how wrong he is, because from now on I will do everything in my might to stop him.”
Loud cheers erupted from the crowd in the hall, including three of the four Kaious. The Northern Kaiou however had a thoughtful expression on his face after hearing what the Kaioushin had told them. He frowned. That’s not good. With Darbura at his side Babidi will be really hard to defeat. But first of all they had to find him and that would be the other hard task.
The Kaioushin however seemed to hear his thoughts, because he suddenly heard a voice in his head. Don’t worry too much, Kaiousama. I’m quite positive that we will be able to defeat Babidi. As you self said it will be hard for me to find him, especially now that I can’t leave the realms of the Afterlife, and I’m sure that it will take a few years. Just promise me that you keep a good eye on Earth and tell me when you feel something unusual there. But please don’t tell Son Goku about it and make him train hard. We might need his help when it’s time to fight. Instead of answering him, Kaiousama just looked at him and nodded lightly.
The Kaioushin smiled back and then turned again to the other people in the hall. “Okay, that was everything I had to tell you. But before you go, is Dende, the guardian of the Planet Earth present?”
“Dende is here?” Goku asked smiling, as he looked around.
Dende looked up surprised, when his name was mentioned, and saw that all people were frantically looking around in search for the god of Earth. Taking a deep breath, he stood up. “Yes, I’m here.”
The Kaioushin smiled at him. “Good. Please come here, Dende. I want to talk to you. Everyone else can go.”
While Dende made his way up to the front of the hall, everyone else streamed into the other direction, just Goku and the Northern Kaiou remained seated. They watched, as the Kaioushin welcomed the boy and then led him through one of the other doors into a room behind the large hall, followed by Kibito.
And they were still there, when Dende left the room again alone about two hours later. Of course, Kaiousama wanted to go home again instead of waiting, but Goku wanted to use the possibility to talk to the young Namek. He didn’t know when he would again get the chance to do that. Besides, he was curious as to why the Kaioushin would’ve wanted to talk to him, so his master reluctantly agreed to waiting with him.
Dende looked quite shaken, when he stepped out of the room, but quickly forced a smile on his face, when he saw his friend sitting there, waiting for him. The Kaioushin had just allowed him to tell the other Namek on Earth, the one who had fused with Kami, what he had been told in those two hours. No one else was allowed to know about that. But in those two hours Dende had also used the chance to offer him the use of the Dragonballs to bring them back to life. “Hello Goku, Kaiousama,” Dende greeted him friendly.
“Hey Dende! I didn’t expect to see you here,” Goku told him.
“Well, I was quite surprised myself, when suddenly one of Dai Kaiou’s men invited me to come here,” the guardian said.
“So, why did the Kaioushin want to talk to you?” the Saiyajin wanted to know, as they left the palace.
Dende shrugged. “Nothing big. He just wanted to get me to know a bit, since I’m the youngest guardian of a planet he’s ever heard of. We also talked about the Dragonballs and I told him that I could use them to resurrect him and Kibito again so that they would have it easier to find Babidi.” Dende tried hard to avoid the eyes of Goku. He had never been one to lie, especially not to people like Goku, but at least it wasn’t a complete lie. “I’m sorry Goku, but I have to go back now. Popo is probably already waiting for me and I don’t want to leave him alone too long.”
“Yeah, good old Popo… Tell the others I said hi,” Goku said cheerfully, seemingly not once doubting the words of the young Namek.
“I’ll do that. Goodbye Goku!”
“Goodbye Dende!” They waved at each other, before each of them went their own way.
“I wonder why Dende is lying to me…” Goku said thoughtfully, when they had reached the house where he and Kaiousama were living in.
“Why do you think that?” Kaiousama asked surprised. He hadn’t thought that Goku would discover the lie.
“Well, I know I’m not the smartest person here, but I know when someone’s lying to me. Maybe it has something to do with Babidi and Buu.” Goku sighed. “Well, whatever it is, I’ll continue my training, just to be on the safe side. I’m sure he and the Kaioushin have their reasons.”
“Do that Goku, do that…” his master mumbled, following his pupil into the house.
“You’ve been gone longer than expected,” Piccolo greeted Dende, when he was back on the Lookout. “Has something happened?”
Dende nodded and started to tell Piccolo everything that had occurred that day. To be blunt Piccolo was quite shocked to hear that the Kaioushin had been killed, but also glad that he would be wished back in about one year. But he was even more shocked when he heard what the Kaioushin had told Dende about the whereabouts of the sphere Buu was sealed away in.
“That’s terrible,” Piccolo muttered. “The sphere is here on Earth and Babidi could appear here any time to resurrect this monster.”
“I know… But that wasn’t the only reason the Kaioushin wanted to talk to me…” Dende admitted. “When he had been killed, he had just been in the process of performing a ritual concerning Goku’s family.”
“He told me that ChiChi is pregnant again, with twins – one boy and one girl. With this ritual he wanted to take the girl from her and send her into another dimension, where she should’ve been born by normal human parents. He said that the fate of the girl was lying there, but he had no real idea what that meant. He just said that this was written in some old prophecies. But thanks to Babidi’s and Darbura’s intervention he hadn’t been able to finish the ritual and when he had woken up everything he needed to finish or to repeat the ritual had been destroyed.”
Piccolo snorted. “So what? Now the girl is going to be born in this dimension. So maybe we can find another way to send her into this other dimension after she’s born and old enough to face her fate.”
“If it were that easy.” Dende sighed. “But it is not. He also told me that ChiChi won’t be strong enough to give birth to two strong Saiyajins. She most likely won’t survive it.”