A/N: Chapters seven,
eight, and nine are also going to be my Christmas-related Dragon Ball thing for this year
(2002). I can't see myself writing something in addition to this. That sort of sucks,
though, because I have a really good idea for a humor fic. (Update: I wrote that
humor fic in 2003 and it's called Christmas Vacation).
Bura woke everyone up bright and early
(seven-thirty a.m.) to propose an idea. Since Christmas was just around the corner (in
less than a week actually), she thought they should all head over to the mall to purchase
the gifts she knew they forgot. Since no one had bought anything, the men had to admit it
was a good idea.
After holding a brief funeral ceremony over the death of her piggy bank (one that everyone
was forced to attend), Bura took her life's savings of 77,926 zenni ($635 or £408) and
crammed it into her wallet. "Jeez, I need a credit card."
"Are you ready to go yet, Bura?" Trunks called from across the hall. As soon as
the eulogy was over, he'd gone back to his room to finish dressing.
"In a minute!" After figuring that her wad of bills just weren't going to fit
into the wallet, she grabbed the backpack purse her mother bought for her seventh birthday
from the back of the closet and dropped it inside. "With room to spare."
Vegeta was rummaging through the fridge and Goku was commenting about everything he
started to select. "That'll rot your teeth, 'geta. How about eating some
"Don't have enough cereal for five people, baka. We don't have enough of
"We can go to McDonald's!" Goten suggested with a grin. "Oh please, can we
Goku nodded and shut the fridge door, narrowly missing Vegeta's fingers. "Sure,
Vegeta frowned. "What if I don't want to go to McDonald's? What if I want to eat
chocolate?" Goku leaned down and whispered something into his ear that made him
blush. The next thing they knew, Vegeta was outside the front door. "Come on, people!
I don't have all day!"
After causing the restaurant to shut its doors after only being open for two hours, the
five Saiya-jin headed off to the Satan City mall. Just like its namesake city, the mall
contained a giant fountain of Satan-san in the center.
"Every time I see his stupid grinning face, I want to spit in it," Vegeta
muttered as he stared up at the stone figure. "Why hasn't he died by now?"
"Because his luck hasn't run out yet," Trunks answered. "The man has more
lives than a cat."
Bura was tired of all the "die Satan-san" talk that she always heard.
"Forget about him, okay? Let's just shop till we drop!" She grabbed Vegeta's
hand. "I'm goin' with Papa and Tousan!"
"Fine with me," Trunks shrugged.
She grabbed both Saiya-jin's hands and swung them happily. "First stop is the toy
store, okay? I'm gonna make a list."
"I'm damn glad your mother willed me some money." Goku smiled at his mate,
knowing that he would have found a way to buy Bura what she wanted even if he was
"I need to go there, too. Gotta shop for Pan-chan, you know."
The little girl's eyes lit up at the mention of his granddaughter's name. "I'm her
aunt, aren't I? That is so cool!"
Once inside the huge Toys 'N' Stuff store, Bura immediately ran off with a notepad and a
pencil. Vegeta, not really knowing what to do, followed Goku.
"What are you going to buy her?" he asked.
"The best presents in the store." Goku stopped in front of a gigantic doll house
that was almost as large six-year-old Pan. "Gotta get all of the accessories,
too." Underneath the display was the house itself (unassembled of course), dolls,
furniture, and other home-related things. He sent Vegeta back to the front of the store
for a shopping cart.
Vegeta eyes widened with every object he placed into the cart. "Do you even have any
"Sure I do. Remember the last tournament? I won first place, you know. Then there's
the money left over from ChiChi's life insurance since she wanted to be cremated. I'm sure
she wouldn't mind if I spent it on Pan-chan."
Placing his hand over his Goku's as the younger man placed yet another thing into the
shopping cart, Vegeta smiled. "I'll go half with you. These gifts can be from both of
"Great!" he cheered as he jogged down the aisle while pushing the cart.
"Let's go get more stuff!"
"Kakarotto, that wasn't permission to go crazy!"
"I want this and this and this and... Ooh! Of course I want this!" Bura
scribbled rapidly as she went through the store. She stopped in the middle of the video
game aisle and added a game to her hand basket. "Goten will like this one."
Goku stopped as he passed by. "Hey, Bura. How's it coming?"
"Great, Tousan! I'm almost one-fourth of the way done with my list!"
"How many things are on it?" Vegeta asked.
She smiled innocently. "Only about twenty...."
"And you're only one-fourth of the way done?!"
His mate waved his hand dismissively. "Stop acting as if you're shocked. Bura's just
taking advantage of a good thing."
She smiled again, brighter this time. Vegeta felt his tiny amount of resistance fade away.
"Oh, alright Bura," he gave in. "I don't know why I let you do this to
"Because I'm your little princess and you love me." She hugged him and skipped
off. "Thank you, Papa and Tousan! Ai shiteru!"
"Aw!" Goku cooed as he thrust a five foot tall teddy bear into Vegeta's arms.
The cart was becoming a little too full. "You're such a nice guy, 'geta."
"Do you think Pan really needs a stuffed animal this big, Kakarotto? Hell, it's
almost larger than I am!"
Goku looked at the bear and then at something else. "You think she would like a
Vegeta shook his head and hid a smile. "Let's stick with the bear."
They shopped for twenty minutes more and found Bura standing open-mouthed in the bike
"You like that one?" her Papa asked after he followed her gaze.
"Very, very much! It's got eighteen speeds, hand brakes, a water bottle, and a
handlebar pouch!" She pointed to the shelf behind her. "I could even get a
license plate with my name on it! If you get me nothing else, please get me this
Neither man could say no. "We'll see," Goku told her.
The total amount of Pan's presents came to 52,094.09 zenni ($424.50 or £272.87). Bra, on
the other hand, only spent 6,134.70 ($49.99 or £32.13). Vegeta talked Bura into carrying
a few of the nine bags and they moved onward to another store.
"I have to get something for Trunks," she said as they walked toward the
department store. "You wanna come with?" Her Papa gave her a look and she
grinned. "I know, I know. I'm only eight; of course you're coming with."
"What does he like, anyway?" Goku asked curiously. "I know what I'm going
to get Goten: a gift certificate for McDonald's. Hmm, do they even have them?"
"Hai, Tousan. Your certificate's going to have to be more than Pan's gifts combined
because Goten-niichan eats too much."
"Oi, Goku!" They heard a voice call from behind them. The three of them turned
and each had a different reaction on their faces. Vegeta groaned, Bura giggled, and Goku
The younger Saiya-jin bowed before his sensei. "Konnichi-wa, Kamesennin. How's it
going?" Both Bura and Vegeta stared at him when Goku put a clueless expression on his
face. It was one they hadn't seen for a very long time.
"Things have been great, especially since Kuririn and Juuhachi-gou have moved
out." The old man grinned. "They were disrupting my flow."
Vegeta snorted. "What flow? No sane female would want you, Roshi."
"That wasn't very nice, Papa," Bura said, but she laughed anyway.
Roshi waved away his comment. "Whatever. Look, Goku, we're having a Christmas party
at my house on the 24th and everyone's invited. I called your house earlier and it's like
no one's ever home." One eyebrow rose. "Where are you all day? Sparring with
"Um, hai. I'm always over at the Capsule Corp." A light bulb seemed to snap on
over his head. "How about having the party there? I don't mind." Then it hit him
what he said and he hurried to correct himself. "I mean Vegeta doesn't mind.
"Oh, really? He seems less than thrilled at the suggestion to me."
The ouji was, in fact, wholeheartedly against it. Well, he was until Goku mentally pleaded
with him. "I can use the time to tell them about us, 'geta. Christmas usually
warms people's hearts."
"Why do you have to tell them anything? It's not any of their business."
"They're my friends, you know that. I don't want to keep any secrets from
A lengthy pause, then. "Alright."
Goku smiled. "How about making it a Christmas slumber party? Everyone can bring their
presents over and put them underneath the tree. There are more than enough rooms for
"What tree?" Bura asked.
"The one we're gonna buy today."
Vegeta immediately opened his mouth to protest and one look from Goku made him close it
"I'll start calling people as soon as I return home. See you later, Goku. Bura."
Roshi barely glanced at the ouji. "Vegeta."
"Sayonara, Pervert," he sneered. "Good riddance!"
As soon as Roshi was out of hearing range, Bura put her hands on her hips and frowned at
her tousan. "What was that all about?"
"Nani?" Goku asked with false innocence.
"Don't give me that! You aren't a baka no matter how often Papa calls you one. Why in
the world did you act like one just now?"
Vegeta nodded. "That's a very good question."
He tried to avoid answering, but neither would let it go. "Look, they're all used to
me acting like an idiot, okay? Very few people know the real me."
"Why hide from them, Tousan? They're supposed to be your friends, right?"
"Well, hai, but it's not that simple. If I suddenly deviated from what they know as
the norm, they'd wonder why I waited so long. What will I tell them?"
Both Bura and Vegeta answered at the same time. "The truth."
"I can try, anyway."
Trunks and Goten sat in the very back of the mall movie theater in a corner that probably
hadn't seen a mop in quite some time. In fact, Trunks was pretty sure that the employees
had all but forgotten about it. "All this to make out," he grumbled as he pulled
his foot from the floor in a loud sucking noise. "My shoes will never be the
"Shh! The movie's starting!"
For the first ten minutes they watched in silence, Goten stuffing popcorn into his mouth
and Trunks eating Sour Patch Kids. Once the younger demi-Saiya-jin's food was gone,
though, he wanted to move on to something a little more involved...
The next thing Trunks knew, Goten's mouth was descending upon his. There wasn't a prelude,
he just went straight to the main event. "Are you trying to suck the air right out of
my body?" Trunks gasped as Goten moved away. It wasn't that he didn't like it, just
would have been better at reduced speed.
"Oh, gomen nasai, Trunks." He kissed the length of his neck with agonizing
slowness. "Is this better?" The lavender-haired man claimed his lips again and
"Why are you guys over here in the corner?" asked a voice. The two of them
immediately jumped apart and tried to act as if they hadn't been doing a thing.
"Don't even try to act like you weren't making out. Can't say that I'm
Trunks looked over to the left from the corner of his eye. He sighed in relief when he saw
who it was. "Marron!"
The blond teenager grinned. "That's my name, don't wear it out."
"What are you doing here?" Goten asked.
Marron sat down in the seat beside Trunks. "Watching the movie, something the two of
your aren't." Both of them blushed and she laughed. "Oh, it's okay. If I were
here with someone even half as sexy as two of you, I wouldn't be watching it either."
The Capsule Corp. heir didn't know whether to be embarrassed or flattered. He settled on a
combination of the two. "Um..."
"Hey, don't mind me. Just go back to what you were doing before I announced my
"How long were you watching before you said anything?" Goten asked.
"Not very long; about two minutes."
He groaned. "That's two minutes too long!" Goten said that a little too loudly
and was shushed by at least five people. "Hey, I'm trying to have a conversation
"Forget about it, Goten. The mood's broken; we might as well watch the movie I paid
Marron was feeling a little guilty. "I ruined things for you, didn't I? I'm
Trunks waved away her apology. "Don't worry about it. Goten and I have the rest of
After the movie, they walked the mall with Marron until lunchtime. She waved goodbye to
them and went looking for her parents (who were also Christmas shopping). The two demi-
Saiya-jin found a place to eat (McDonald's, of course) and waited for the other three to
"We didn't do much shopping," Goten said as he eyed their two bags. Before the
movie, they'd spent majority of their time waiting in the check out line at Pringle's.
Goten had brought Bura an outfit and Vegeta a tee that had "I'm too sexy for this
shirt." on it. Trunks had bought himself a pair of shoes.
"There's still a few days before Christmas, we've got plenty of time." He looked
up and spotted Bura, Goku, and Vegeta coming towards them. His little sister was pulling a
huge wagon loaded down with at least seven bags and his fathers were each carrying four
more. "Well, they won't have visit the stores again."
"Hi, guys!" Bura said cheerfully before she parked the wagon and went up to
order her food. Goku and Vegeta exchanged smiles when they heard Trunks' comment.
"Oh, most of this stuff is Pan's. We still have to come back for Bura." Goku
shrugged when his two sons gave him looks of incredulity. "I just couldn't
Bura deposited her very full tray onto the table and began to separate her food by type.
"I bought some presents for people, but I'm not even close to being finished."
She paused for a moment to eat a cheeseburger while Goku and Vegeta went to order.
"What do you think they'd want for Christmas?"
Goten shrugged. "They'll probably love whatever you give them."
"I know, but I want it to be special!" She pursed her lips in thought. "I
still have about 69,495 zenni left so I could get them something really good."
"And still buy presents for everyone you want to?"
Sighing, she said, "Iie."
"Buy for everyone else first, then think about them. You could even make them
Bura opened her mouth to say something else, but abruptly closed it when her fathers
returned to the table. Vegeta studiously ignored the silence, but Goku looked around the
table. "Okay, what's going on?"
"Nothing," the three of them chorused.
"Hmm," he hummed, unconvinced. Eventually shrugging, he started in on his own
small mountain of food.
Ten minutes later, they were all stuffed and had acquired a crowd of onlookers who had
made bets about how much they could eat. Most of the ningen thought Bura wouldn't last
three burgers but, of course, she proved all of them wrong. They may have been surprised
at the little girl, but they were definitely surprised at Goku and Goten. None of them had
thought that the Son men could actually eat their own weight in food.
"I made a lot off those people," Vegeta smiled as he counted his cash.
"That'll teach them not to judge a book by its cover."
"It wasn't really fair of you to even bet, 'geta. You knew we could eat that
"Hai, but they didn't know that."
Goku and Vegeta went on home to begin wrapping the gifts, while the three kids stayed at
the mall several more hours. Bura eventually settled on a twenty-four carat gold id
bracelet for Trunks and an engraved gold-plated heart-shaped plaque for the two full
Saiya-jin. It read on the front: Kakarotto and Vegeta. Bonded December 19th. A love to