The sun had just begun to set by the time the Son family had packed up from their picnic and decided to head home. The swimmers were still in the process of drying off, wrapped in different colored towels like caterpillars in their cocoons. Clemartis and her team were still talking about all that they had seen. Goku smiled at them as he forced the last couple of items into the back of the car. When he had first met Clem, she seemed all business. It made sense since she was a queen and all but she also enjoyed having a good time. Curious, innocent wonder of her surrounds but still a bit timid, one would have thought Clem was just a regular person. Well, as far as aliens go.
Chichi may not have been happy at first but Goku had seen her also loosen up considerably as the afternoon went by. With Gohan having been so busy with work on top of getting ready for the baby, he rarely had time to stop in and say hello before passing out on the couch. Chichi had never enjoyed being away from Gohan for long, so this picnic had been exactly what she needed. Maybe after the Yousari managed to get back home he would humor her and do something for just the two of them.
Goku heaved the stringer over his shoulder. Dragging several pounds of fish, from the small to the gigantic behind him. Half of today's catch was going back to the house while Sorrel and Ophrys had insisted on carrying the other half back to their camp. Though the two immediately started to argue about what it would be used for. Calla was saying her last goodbyes to Gohan and Videl, making sure to have another listen for his grandchild. Clemartis however, was standing by herself near the lake. Her eyes transfixed on the sunset. Since they still had a little while, Goku decided to keep her company.
"Everything okay?" he asked. When Clem turned to face him, Goku saw that she had been crying. She quickly wiped her eyes when she noticed him.
"Yeah. I'm fine." she said, returning her gaze to the sunset. The sun had just passed on the other side of the mountains. The scattered clouds reflected the orange and red light as the rest of the sky went dark. "Ever since I began traveling across the galaxy, I've seen so many of these. But no matter how many times I see them, they never seem any less beautiful."
"Heh, I hear ya. I grew up around this area with my Grandpa. We'd watch the sunsets after evening training. I'd always look forward to that, almost as much as the big dinners afterward." Goku rubbed his belly at the mere memory of food. Clem giggled. "But there is one thing you gotta remember about sunsets."
"What?" she asked.
"Never look directly at it. Trust me, I tried when I was a kid and regretted it immediately. You'd never think your eyes could sting that much."
"He ha ha ha! I suppose that's true." Clem laughed out loud. "I'll have to remember that."
"Maybe before you go back home I can lend you some sun glasses? They'll be perfect for when your planet is restored."
"If it gets restored..."Clemartis mumbled, her eyes looking down at the light reflected off the lake. Goku couldn't imagine how much of a burden it was to be responsible for so many people. It was already a full-time job just taking care of his family and friends. Even if he had saved the world a couple of times, he never did it alone. Though it seemed that despite all the support Clem from her team, it still looked like she was trying to bear the burden all by herself. In an attempt to cheer her up, Goku got her attention and gave her a wink.
"Of course it will! And we'll all come to visit when its ready." Clemartis didn't know what to say at first, but she smiled and nodded.
"Alright. I guess its only fair after all your help. You and your friend of course."
"The one you said fought the Cold Empire's men. The least I can do is thank him in person for putting himself in danger." Goku internally started to panic. Even though he hated not telling her the truth, he knew Vegeta wouldn't have avoided detection unless he had a good reason.
"I don't know. He...doesn't get along with aliens very well."
"Oh? Why is that?" Clemartis asked. Goku racked his brain for the right thing to say.
Clemartis narrowed her eyes. "Let me guess, Frieza?"
"Yeah." Goku replied, figuring it was alright to tell her some of the truth.
"Can't say I blame him. The mere threat of his power was enough to scare my people to withdraw from our outer colonies. It's also the reason I refuse to negotiate with any of his race. Why bother giving them a chance to pick up where that monster left off?"
Goku winced at the sudden chill in Clem's voice. It almost didn't seem like her to say something like that.
"Isn't that a bit...harsh?" he asked.
"Not for my people. After all the bloodshed caused by their recent rulers, it is only fitting that they receive the same treatment. I'll just be glad to see this whole matter settled when I return home, and see to it that you and your friend are rewarded."
"Well, I'm not sure if he'll be up for it but I'm up for a reward if it has a big fea-"
'Kakarot!' Vegeta's loud voice echoed inside Goku's head making him wince.
"Are you alright Goku? What's wrong?" Clemartis asked.
"I'm fine, just give me a sec." He said waving her off. He then turned his attention back to Vegeta's telepathic yelling.
'What could you possibly be doing that takes this long to contact you?!'
'I could ask you the same thing. Where have you been?'
'Busy dealing with a few pests. Now pay attention Kakarot because I'm not going to repeat myself. We have a problem on our hands.' Goku listened intently as Vegeta explained the incoming invasion. Goku felt goose bumps go up his arms at the prospect of taking on that many fighters without having to use his super saiyan form. It was going to be difficult sure, but that was what made it so fun. The only issue was keeping so many ships away from any innocent people, which Goku figured he and Vegeta where about on the same page.
'Make sure the Yousarians are ready as well. Better for them to take the brunt of the force themselves.'
'Alright, but your sure that this is the best way to do it? I know you want to help but what if things go wrong?'
'And let you continue to surpass me? Forget it.'
'What do you say we keep score? Whoever destroys more ships will be the strongest. Fair?'
'It's a fixed game when you're the one in the thick of battle.'
'Come on Vegeta, you know you want to.' Goku tried to egg him on, but Vegeta was still in serious mode.
'Just...do your part Kakarot and I'll do mine. As long as the Yousari are kept in the center of the formation then there should be no problems.' he paused before sending one final message 'And, tell Trunks and Bulma it will be a bit longer before I return.'
'Alright. See you in two weeks.' Goku said as Vegeta's voice went silent. Goku looked over at Clemartis who was still waiting intently for an explanation.
"So...is everything okay?" she asked.
"To be perfectly honest, no."
"I didn't think so from how serious you looked. What's wrong?"
"I just had a chat with my friend I was telling you about." Clemartis looked confused. "We're telepathic." Goku said pointing to his head.
"Oh! Will the wonders of humanity never cease?" She breathed. "What did he say?"
"The soldiers who crashed on this planet are dead, but they called for reinforcements at the last minute. They're on their way now." He went on to explain what Vegeta had told him, how many there were and how long they had. Clemartis stayed quiet and nodded. It was a lot to take in at once, but she stayed calm, piecing the scenario together on her own.
"Troubling, but not impossible to overcome." She said giving Goku a confident smile. "I'll inform my team when we return to base. I know the perfect way of luring those bastards to any spot on the planet."
"Great! I'm excited to see what you can do. Two weeks can't come soon enough." Goku said with his usual enthusiasm.
"If that's what your interested in, then you won't have to." Goku looked at her, confused. "I'll need to make sure I'm in fighting shape if we are to fight an entire fleet single-handed. If you would have me, it would be an honor to train with you." Goku practically beamed. He had two weeks to train with such a strong warrior. Even with the threat of the impending invasion, Goku couldn't have been happier.