It had been two days since I discovered my son and Tarro had slept together. Vegeta and I had been avoiding each other for the past two days as well. I had been spending most of my time with the twins. They were growing up so fast. Heck they were already crawling around which made me smile. As I played with them, I slowly began to realize that Vegeta was right. Gohan wasn’t a baby anymore, not like these guys anyways. I did understand that Gohan was grown up, but I had been a terrible father to him…and I guess I was just trying to make up for it by trying to protect him now when I should have been doing that all along. I glanced down when I felt something tugging at my pant leg, only to find that Crimson wanted to be picked up. She looked a lot like me, except she had Vegeta’s eyes. Dimitri on the other hand was just the opposite. He looked exactly like Vegeta, except with my eyes. Kind of a cute combination really. I lifted Crimson into my arms and gave her my finger to bite down on and drink from. As I fed her I began to think again. I really missed Vegeta. We hadn’t spoken since that day and we were doing everything we could to avoid each other. I looked down at my daughter and sighed. I knew I had to apologize. It was my fault and my fault alone.
Once Crimson finished eating I fed Dimitri before putting them both in their play pin. I made my way out of their room and down the stairs. I began to think about what I was going to say to Vegeta. I knew that he wasn’t the only one I owed an apology too. I owed one to Gohan as well and Tarro. After all, Tarro stood by us and helped me and Vegeta defend our family. I knew he was a good guy and I knew that I had just overreacted. I didn’t want one little reaction to tear my family apart. I’d rather die than lose my family. I walked into the kitchen and saw Vegeta sitting at the kitchen table. He was drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. I quietly walked over to him and kneeled down beside him. I took his hand in my own and it got his attention. He looked at me with a confused look. Hell I was kneeling before him like anyone would do for a Prince. I wanted to show him that I really meant that I was sorry and I figured this was the best way.
“My dear Prince… I just wanted to apologize for my actions the other day. I know that you are only looking out for Gohan and trying to do what’s best for him. You’ve been a better father to him in these few short months than I have been to him in his entire life. I can’t thank you enough for taking him in as your own son. I trust your judgment with Tarro and I know he’s a good guy, especially after he stood by us and helped us defend our family from Chichi, Cooler, and Frieza. I’m very sorry I lashed out at you and I understand if you’re really mad at me because you have every right to be. I just want you to know that I still love you and I won’t question your actions anymore. I also think that you’ve helped Gohan choose a fine man to be mates with. I can’t thank you enough and I just hope that you’ll be able to forgive me.” Once I finished my apology, I just stared at the floor and waited for his response. We were silent for at least five minutes before I felt a hand touch my cheek which caused me to look up. To my surprise, Vegeta was smiling at me.
“Kakarot…you idiot. I know you just want to protect Gohan, but I’m also glad to hear that you’re actually going to accept them. Please understand that I just want what’s best for Gohan and if I didn’t trust Tarro, I wouldn’t have asked him to come here in the first place, but I also need to apologize. I’m sorry I set the two of them up like that without even considering asking you how you felt about this whole thing. That’s something that I should have done first. So I too am sorry and I forgive you for the other day.” Vegeta replied, giving me a small smile.
“Geta…I forgive you too.” I whisper, tears starting to fill my eyes. I jumped up and hugged Vegeta tightly. He hugged me back and kissed me softly on the lips. I kissed back and we stayed like that until we had to pull back for air.
“I think you need to go apologize to Gohan now. He’s been really upset the past two days and trying to figure out what to do. I think he needs you to tell him that everything’s going to be okay. After that, you can come back to me.” Vegeta said softly. I nodded slowly and made my way to Gohan’s room. I knocked on the door and waited until I was told to come in. When I walked into the room, I saw Gohan sitting on his bed with his legs crossed. I could tell that he hadn’t slept much the past two days and it was all my fault. I caused his pain this time, which is the one thing I was trying to avoid doing. I made my way over and sat down on the edge of Gohan’s bed. He looked at me slightly and then looked away again.
“Oh Gohan…I’m really sorry…” I say softly.
“No…I’m sorry… I shouldn’t have slept with him…” Gohan replied quietly.
“No son. You’re eighteen years old. I need to understand that you’re no longer a baby and I can’t keep treating you like one. I guess I’m just mad at myself because I’ve been a horrible father to you and I guess now I’m trying to make it up to you but I feel as if it’s too late.” I felt tears start pouring from my eyes and I quickly wiped them away.
“Dad…don’t talk like that. I know you just want to protect me even though I’m already an adult pretty much and I really respect that. You know…Tarro wants to protect me too…and with your permission, I’d really like to give him a chance. Vegeta has already said okay but now I want to hear it from you.” Gohan replied, taking my hand carefully.
“I will only give him a chance if you promise me something, Gohan.” I say cautiously.
“And what might that be, dad?” He asked, tilting his head.
“Just promise me you’ll use protection.” I grinned and the two of us just bused out laughing. No matter what, I’ll still always protect you son…I thought to myself as I hugged Gohan tightly. That’s what fathers are for…even if I am a terrible one.