After about three days of riding in the pod, they finally arrived back home. Vegeta decided that as soon as they got inside, he was going to give Kakarot a nice hot bath and get him all cleaned up. Poor Kakarot was probably going to have nightmares for a few months. The thought of his warrior screaming with fear caused Vegeta to get really upset. He wasn’t sure if he could bare the thought of that. It caused him pain just thinking of Kakarot like that.
Once the pod landed, Vegeta got out and lifted Kakarot back into his arms. He pressed the button to close the pod door and rushed Kakarot inside, going straight to the bathroom. He carefully sat Kakarot on the floor while he got the bath water ready, making sure it wasn’t too terribly hot. As he waited for the tub to fill up, he got out a medical kit and reached down to stroke Kakarot’s hair, causing the bigger Saiyan to flinch a bit. Clearly every little touch would scare his mate for a while but he had no choice. He had to get Kakarot used being touched, especially by himself. Vegeta turned off the water and removed the blanket from Kakarot, nearly in tears when he was able to see everything up close. Trying to shake off the tears, he carefully put is mate into the bathtub and began to wash him off. He noticed that Kakarot was clutching is left wrist tightly, almost as if he was trying to hide something. As Vegeta reached for both of his mate’s arms, Kakarot’s eyes snapped open.
Goku looked at Vegeta with dead fear in his eyes as he clutched the wrist that had the mark on it tighter. He didn’t want Vegeta to see it because he was scared to death that he would leave him. He began to shake violently as Vegeta tried to move his hand once again, tears beginning to fall down his face.
“Kaka…please… You need to show me everything…” Vegeta whispered softly.
“Y-you won’t want me…anymore Geta…” Goku managed to squeak out, his voice was just barely above a whisper. He wrapped his tail tightly around his leg. He was so scared to show Vegeta the brand mark that Zylen had put on him the very first night he was taken.
“Hey…I’ve already seen a tiny glimpse of it…you need to show me the whole thing… I saw it when he was holding you by your throat…right before I killed him…” His mate replied, gripping Goku’s other wrist tightly. Goku realized that he really had no choice. With a shaky sigh he slowly removed his hand from the wrist that had the mark on it. He shook harder as he watched Vegeta turn his wrist over so that his palm was facing upward. Instantly he sensed rage coming from Vegeta and Goku shut his eyes tightly, preparing for the worst. To Goku’s surprise, he felt Vegeta bring his wrist up toward his face. He wasn’t sure what Vegeta was doing until he felt a pair of lips press down on the mark.
“G-Geta.,..?” Goku whispered softly.
“I can’t believe he did this to you…my warrior…my love…” Vegeta had tears in his eyes and Goku just started bawling like a baby. He felt Vegeta’s arms wrap around him tightly and he felt a hand run through his spiky black hair.
“I understand…if you don’t want anymore…Geta…” He choked out through tears. He was quickly silenced as Vegeta pressed his lips down on Goku’s. Goku quickly kissed him back. The first passionate kiss he had had in a whole year and a half. When he felt Vegeta pull back, he opened his eyes and just stared at Vegeta.
“Never think that I’m going to stop wanting you. I want you for the rest of our lives and no one else. Do you understand, Kaka?” Vegeta gave Goku a small smile and Goku nodded at his mate. Once that was all settled, Goku let his mate finish cleaning him up and after that was done, he allowed Vegeta to bandage up all of his wounds, and even asked Vegeta to wrap up his wrist so that neither one of them had to look at the mark that was permanently there on his skin. After that was done, Goku let Vegeta take him to his room. Goku sat down on the bed and watched as Vegeta dug around in the dresser, pulling out two pairs of black sweat pants. He watched as his mate helped him get the sweat pants on and then watched as Vegeta changed into a pair for himself. Goku settled down on the bed, resting his head on the pillow. He had missed his bed so much and had forgotten how comfortable it was. He was shocked when Vegeta crawled into bed beside him and pulled him close.
“Are…you going to stay with me…in here I mean…” Goku asked quietly.
“Of course I will, Kaka. I am never going to leave your side. I promise.” Vegeta replied. Goku smiled as he felt Vegeta run a hand across his cheek and then he felt something wrap around his leg. He glanced down and his eyes grew all wide. What he saw wrapped around his leg was a tail, but it wasn’t his own tail. It was Vegeta’s.
“Geta…your tail grew back too…” Goku breathed a sigh of relief and heard Vegeta laugh softly.
“That’s right, babe. It did grow back. About two months after you were gone it was suddenly there again.” Vegeta replied with a smile on his face. “Now, you need to get some sleep. And I promise, I’ll be here when you wake up.” Goku nodded in agreement and snuggled down into his mate’s arms. Even though Vegeta was shorter than he was, he was still able to feel completely safe. Size didn’t matter because he knew how strong Vegeta was. Laying there in his Prince’s arms, Goku drifted off into a deep sleep, the safest one he has had in a very long time.