Dragonball MLP: Buu's Calamity!

by ultrapoknee

First published

An evil wizard named Babidi unleashes a terrifying monster bent on universal destruction!

Peace has returned for Equis and the Earth. Now, the two planets began mingling with one another. The cultural and technological boon from the union has been plentiful. But it is not without pitfalls. Thankfully, Gohan and the Z fighters do everything they can to maintain the balance. However, a new evil is just over the horizon. And mysterious players enter the game. The battle for the universe has just begun. Will our heroes prevail? Find out now on Dragonball MLP!

Featured on 12/7/2020. :yay:

episode 1: First Day!

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[Planet Earth - Goku's Home - Gohan's POV.]


"Gohan! Are you ready? You're going to be late for your big day!" Mom called out.

"I'm coming down now, mom!" I said. I got in front of the mirror, going over my school uniform. "Ok, Black vest. Beige pants. White undershirt. What am I missing? Oh yeah, my badge!"

I opened the door and pulled out my student badge. It was a picture of Twilight's cutie mark in between the Equestrian flag. After we defeated Cell, Bulma managed to build the portal between our worlds. It wasn't as much as a shock as anyone would've expected. The amount of craziness both planets witness would dull anyone's sense of surprise. These past seven years allowed relations to flourish. And I'm attending Twilight's new school as one of the many exchange students. I'm aspiring to be the first scholar to hold the knowledge of two different worlds! How exciting is that!

"Gohan!!! You're going to be late!!!"

"Sorry, here I come!" I ran downstairs, and the first thing I ran into was my baby brother, Goten.

The little rugrat tackled me to the ground with that wide grin on his face. It still gets me how he looks like dad. "Hey Gohan, can I visit this new planet with you? Huh, can I, can I?"

"Haha, maybe some other time Goten. I'm already cutting it close as it is,"

Goten started to pout before his face lit up again. "Well, can I at least go with you to the portal?"

"I don't mind. Mom?"

"It fine. But Goten, promise you will be back before it gets late!" Mom said in a stern tone.

"I promise!" Goten said with a salute.

I ruffled my little brother's har as we stepped outside. I looked up into the sky as I called for our transport. "Hey, Nimbus!!!" There was a twinkle in the air before a poofy yellow cloud flew down towards us. We got on and turned back to mom. "Alright, I'm all set, mom. See you later," The nimbus cloud shot off into the sky as mom shouted back.

"Give my regards to Twilight and the others!"


[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens before them. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before seeing Shenron passing by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[West City - Portal Transport Hub - Third Person POV.]


"This is our stop, Goten. You better head back. We can't have anyone spotting the Nimbus," Gohan said.

"Wow. There are a lot of people here!" Goten exclaimed.

"I'm not surprised. Bulma's has the only working portal right now. It's better this way to prevent criminal elements from seeping into a pure world,"

"Criminal?"

Gohan ruffles his kid brother's hair as he got off the cloud. "Don't sweat it, bro. Catch you later," Gohan said as he descends to ground level.

"Later Gohan," Goten sails off into the distance as Gohan touches down.

He makes sure no spotted him as he melded with the crowd. Inside, a Capsule Crop representative greets them. "Hello, and welcome to Capsule Corp. I see most of you are heading to Equis. Please follow me to the portal," Gohan trek along with the other people. As they traversed the halls, Gohan saw more inhabitants of Equis going in the opposite direction. The portal frame allows people of both worlds to come and go as they please.

However, as the group approached the portal, Gohan saw some nefarious-looking individuals making inappropriate gestures at most of the visitors from Equis. 'I don't like the feel of these guys!'

"Please form groups of seven as you enter the portal. You should also note that there will be some mild disorientation. Traveling to another world tends to do that," The attendant said.

"Here we go," Gohan muttered. He joined the next group. The group walked into the portal as their bright flash overtook their vision.


[Equis - Canterlot Portal hub.]


"I can't believe how much time went by since I was last here. I'm glad not much changed," Gohan said to himself. He looks down at his watch and panics. "Uh oh, I better book it. Twilight will have my hide if I'm late!" Gohan began jogging at a quick pace until he was out of the city limits. Once the number of people dwindled, Gohan took to the skies. During his flight, Gohan could see the many changes contact with the Earth has brought to Equis. There many hover vehicles present. However, there was one that was moving erratically down below. Gohan thought nothing of it until several of the royal guards pursued them. Gohan frowned at the sight. "It looks like someone doesn't want a ticket. I guess with the intro induction of cars and traffic laws, not everyone would adjust to the changes-- Uh oh!"

It was at that moment that Gohan saw someone leaning out the window of their car, wielding a firearm. Gohan didn't need any more justification to act. "I have to stop them! But fighting in my school clothes will raise a lot of questions. I know!" His golden aura burst outward as he flickered down to the chase in progress. Gohan reappears in front of the cruiser. The resulting impact against his body was equivalent to a crash test. The vehicle's hood collapsed into itself while the perpetrators slammed against the windshield. The royal guard ponies halt their pursuit as the suspect recover.

"Where did that civilian come from?"

"Doesn't he looks familiar?"

"What should we do?"

"Hold back. I want to see how this plays out,"

The suspect with the gun rubs his head as he snarls at Gohan."You worthless brat. Wha do you think you're doing!?"

"Isn't that obvious? I'm stopping you from hurting others. How did you get that weapon into Equestria!?" Gohan demanded.

The criminals blinked in confusion before breaking out laughing. "Get a load at 'Mr. Good Samaritn over here' boss. We better do as he says or else he'll turn us into the horses!"

"You want to know how I got my gun here? How about I show you what I got inside of it!!!"

Gohan narrows his eyes as the crook opens fires at him. Gohan stood still as he raises his left hand. His hand moved in tandem with the bullets until the lawbreaker ran out of ammo. Gohan's expressions morph into a small smirk as he opens his palm and lets the dented bullets hit the floor. The crooks smug visage quickly turns to fear as he frantically tries to reload. Gohan took the same hand and shot out a shockwave that knocked the perpetrator out cold. Releasing what he was up against, the other criminal tried to escape only to find himself captured in an aura. The royal guard descends on the scene.

"You aren't going anywhere!" The guard pony said. They round up the two criminals and confiscate the weapon and vehicle.

Gohan watches on silently as law enforcement do their jobs. Millions of questions were running through the Saiyan's mind right now. 'No way Bulma would ever let weapons from Earth move freely to this world. It wouldn't surprise me if the royal guards received an upgrade from the influx of tech. But surely there are security measures to keep out of the wrong hands. I guess I'll be doing more than just catching up with Twilight,' He thought. Gohan saw the royal guard moving towards him. Gohan wasn't in the mood for interrogation, so he flickered away from the scene, leaving the guards confused.


[Ponyvile - School of Friendship.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INMKFPp8YR8

"Amazing! Twilight spared no expense here. And it looks like I made it just in time,"

There was a massive crowd outside the school. Gohan noted that most of them were inhabitants of Equis, consisting of Yaks, Changelings, Buffalos, Minotaurs, Hippogriffs, Griffons, and Dragons. Humans and Kirin's were a new addition to the world. However, it seems like only a few were attending. What took Gohan by surprise was that all the world leaders were here in attendance as well. Gohan instantly recognized Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, The elements of harmony, Spike, and Ember. Dragonlord Ember wore her usually golden armor with the bloodstone specter in tow. However, Spike wasn't in his Gi that he's come to adore. He was wearing a dark blue chest plate with gold trimmings and a red cape. Two gauntlets on his forearms with a sharp blade at the end. On his legs were a pair of black pants. Spike's overall appearance brought a sense of unease to the teenage Saiyan.



They were talking to a much younger dragon with orange scales and mulberry spines. The dragon was female with two fins on the side of her head curved upwards to the sky. She wore a black jacket with a light blue undershirt and grey jeans. Gohan noted that the dragon didn't look too happy about being here. However, whatever conversation they were having stopped when Spike and Ember looked over Gohan's direction. Gohan quirks a brow at this before Pinkie flickers over to his position and brought him into a hug. This action draws the attention of all the other students.

"Whoa! That kid knows one of the elements!?"

"They seem pretty close,"

"Isn't she also one of the professors at the school?"

"Aw, what!? Does that mean he's going to get special treatment?"

"Yeah. I thought this was a grand opening! How does he already know her!?"

More and more murmurs of discontent began to spread, causing Gohan to sweat nervously. Despite the growing hostilities, Pinkie continued her hug and went on her usual rants. "Oh my gosh! I am super awesome-cited to see you again, Gohan. You got so big and handsome!"

"Ah - hehe - thanks, Pinkie, but can you let me go now...!" Gohan said in a strained tone.

Pinkie found herself encased in a violet aura courtesy of Twilight, who sent the giddy mare a glare. 'Pinkie! Did you forget that Gohan asked us to treat him like every other student! We can't go showing favoritism like that! Not to mention that he asked us to help maintain his family's privacy. None of the students are supposed to know he visited our planet before them!' Twilight scolded telepathically.

Pinkie had the decency to look ashamed. 'Oops,'

A long sigh escaped Twilight's lips before she turned to the assembled crowd. "You will have to forgive professor Pinkie Pie. She is excited about the opening of our school, as I am sure you all are as well. Today marks the start of a new journey for all of us. Here at the school of friendship, students pf any species will have the opportunity to learn what friendship is and how enriching it came to be for those who embrace it. Not only that, but it's a chance for those native to Earth to explore and learn of a world entirely different from there own!" A huge vibrant smile adores Twilight's features. "Any questions?"

"I've got one," Everything turns to a human girl with black hair and pigtails flowing in front of her shoulders. She wore a long white shirt and black shorts. Her wide blue eyes glared into Twilight's as she pointed her finger. "Earlier today, three criminals were using automatic weapons while fleeing from the Canterlot portal station. I want to know how did those weapons, which are exclusively found on Earth, got on Equestrian soil and why no one called me to assist in the arrest?"

Many of the Equisians gasped at the bold words while Gohan arches a brow. "How does she know about that so fast? And how would she be able to stop them?"

Unfortunately for Gohan, another human student overheard him. "You don't know who she is!? That's Videl. She the daughter of Mr. Hercule, the twenty-third world champion of the world and the guy that defeated Cell!"

Gohan's jaw dropped when he thought back to the Cell games. "That's -uh - the first time I've heard of this..." He remembered a group of ordinary martial artists came to try their hand at defeating Cell only to fail spectacularly.

The student looked at him like he was crazy. "Have you been living under a rock or something. It was huge news! Here's his picture!" The student pulls out a photograph of the man in question.



Gohan's eyes bulged out of their sockets. He instantly recognized the man as the loudmouth braggart that stepped appeared at the Cell games. The result was clear. Cell defeated Hercule with the greatest of ease. Gohan couldn't help himself as he blurted out his response. "That's her dad!?!" This outburst gained everyone's attention. Gohan covers his mouth in embarrassment. "I mean, uh, that sounds bad..."

"I want to assure everyone that you are in no danger. The royal guards resolved the situation. Now we should head inside and get your schedules in order," Videl frowns at this but complies. Gohan was the last entry before he heard Twilight's voice in his mind. 'I need to speak with you in private. It is of the utmost urgency!'

'Right,' Gohan nodded.


[Caferteria.]


"If I didn't know any better, I would say Applejack is out to destroy other fruit products," Gohan said to himself. He was sitting down by himself with his bento box. Many voices overlapped in the lunchroom as Gohan prepped to eat. However, his wandering eyes fell a group of humans sitting on the other side. One of them was Videl, who was staring right back at the teenage Saiyan. Gohan averted his eyes, but he could still feel Videl's gaze upon him. "Oh, no. Why does she keep looking this way!?" Gohan chances another glance only for his heart to sink when she was coming over to his table. The other students started to follow her. "Oh, shoot! Why is she coming over here?"

"Hey, what's your name?" Videl asked, now standing at his table.

"Uh. It's customary to give your name first,"

"Videl!"

"Uh, Gohan. Is there anything that you want?"

Videl went to respond, but the blonde girl in the green tube top and blue jeans cut her off. "Hey, do you mind if we join you, I'm Elisa,"

"I'm Sharpner," The blonde hair guy said. He was wearing a long-sleeve green shirt with white pants.

"Ozzy," A glasses wearing student said, wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

"Nice to meet all of you," Gohan said politely.

"The pleasure all mine," Videl said with the same scrutinizing look.

"We all transferred here from Hercule city. Funny thing is I don't remember seeing you," Elisa said.

"O-oh. I live out in the countryside," Gohan said. "I was mostly homeschooled,"

"Sounds like a long commute," Videl said. "But everyone at Hercule high had their grades screened for this program. How did you get yours done?"

"I sent my grades to the registry beforehand. They were so impressed that they wanted to do a private interview. That's why Professor Pinkie knows me," Gohan stated. Videl never let up with her hard glare. Sweat began to trickle down Gohan's brow. 'Please buy it!

"Wow. Your scores must've been impressive," Ozzy said.

"Tch. Another know it all, huh? You won't get far if others think you're superior to them," Sharpner said.

"Don't listen to Sharpner. I think he's cute," Elisa said with a wink, making Gohan blush.

"Oh yeah, he's a regular Casanova. I'm sure all the chicks will be lining up to date him," Sharpner said sarcastically before busting out laughing. "Sorry, but I'll go ahead and save you the heartache, Gohan. A lot of girls look for qualities in a guy that you don't possess. Take those girls, for example. I hear they're assistant counselors,"

Gohan looked to where Sharpner was gesturing only to find three familiar faces looking back at him. "There he is!!!"



(Here's the adult C.M.C. and their clothes.)


Gohan found himself glomped by all three ponies as Videl and her friends' steps back. "It's great to see you again partner,"

"Again?" Videl asked.

Gohan gulps as Videl looks at the scene with renewed suspicion. "Hehe, hey Applebloom, hey Sweetie Belle, hey Scootaloo--

"SCOOTALOO!?" The lunchroom yelled in unison.

"The E. A. T. champ is here?

"No way!"

"Can I have your autograph?"

All at once, the students began to swarm Gohan's table, screaming for Scootaloo's attention. The orange pegasus surprised everyone when she erected a shield around the table. The mob stopped short as Scootaloo spoke. "Easy there, everybody. I know I'm awesome and all, we would like to spend some time with our colt friend," Gohan groan out loud as several gasps went out.

"You're dating E.A.T. champion!?" Elisa exclaimed.

"And all these girls too?" Ozzy added in disbelief.

"B-but how? How can a sissy like you score all these babes?" Sharpner asked. That remark earned him a glare from the crusaders.

"A better question would be how you know these girls when you just enrolled in this school?" Videl stated, stepping forward.

Scootaloo took that as a challenge and stood in front of her. "Why do you want to know? It's not any of your business,"

"I'm making it my business. All the students here worked hard and applied as everyone should, yet Gohan is dating three counselors? Before that, he was telling us how he met with the professors and head mare of this school before us? It sounds like foul play!" Videl accused. Many of the other students began to whisper in agreement.

Gohan was sweating bullets now. Thankfully, Sweetie Belle came to his defense. "That's not true! We met Gohan when my sister interviewed him!"

"Your sister is on staff?" Elisa asked.

Sweetie Belle pulls out a photo of her Rarity. She showed it to the crowd as she continued. "See. my sister is one of the professors!"

"Mine too," Applebloom said, following Sweetie's example. "Here's my family!"

"And mine!" Scootaloo added with a smug smirk. It was all photos of the crusaders with Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash. Three of the professor at the school and world-famous elements of harmony.

Videl flinches back at this. "That doesn't explain how you're all together after one meeting!"

"well, that's obvious," Applebloom commented as she hooks Gohan's left arm with hers.

Sweetie Belle giggled as she nuzzles Gohan. "It was love at first sight,"

"Nuff said," Scootaloo scoffs as she takes her wingtip to flick Videl's nose. Videl scrunches up her nose while a blush erupts. Snarling at Scootaloo, Videl launches a high kick at Scootaloo's head. Everyone gasps while Scootaloo blocks the blow with her forearm. Quicker than Videl could react, Scootaloo thrust her free arm out towards Videl's face. However, she stops short of making contact with her fist. Videl looks on in bafflement before she bats Scootaloo's while flipping back to create some distance.

"Not bad. I guess you're not all talk," Videl smirks, dropping into a combat stance.

Scootaloo returns the gesture with a grin of her own. "So does the apple fall far from the tree, or did the seed never bloom?"

"Hey!" Applebloom shouts indignantly.

Videl frowns at the jab to her father. The two warriors stared each other down as the crowd begins to surround them. Chants for Videl and Scootaloo were all anyone could hear. Gohan was beside himself with worry. 'What should I do? They can't fight like this in school! But I can't break it up, not with all the scrutiny on me. Where is Pinkie Pie when you need her?'

*BOOM*

"Here I am!" Pinkie cried over the sound of the party cannon firing, sending confetti all over the cried. Videl and Scootaloo stare blankly at the sudden appearance of the pink mare. "Hey there everybody! Professor Pinkie here to enrich your taste buds with the new Sugarcube Corner special; snickerdoodles!" There was a pregnant pause before many of the Equisians swarmed the tray. Pinkie winks at Gohan before contacting him via telepathy. 'Twilight needs to speak to you right now,'

'Thank you for this, Pinkie,' Gohan smiled before Scootaloo came over. She places her hand on Gohan while putting two fingers to her forehead. One moment later, the group of four vanished from the cafeteria.

Videl breaks herself free from the mob of pastry consumers and looks around. Her friends were still at Gohan's table, watching as snickerdoodles fly off to the wayside. "Where did they go?" She asks.

"We didn't see anything after the mob swarmed the tray," Ozzy said.

"I'm still getting confetti out of my hair!" Elisa whined.

"I still can't believe a guy like him scores three girlfriends!" Sharpner complained. "There has to be something wrong!"

Videl crosses her arms as she glares at the mob. He gazes lands on Pinkie, who waves back at her with a wide grin. Videl quickly looks away. "I'm inclined to agree..."


[Outside the counselors' office.]


Gohan and the Crusaders reappeared in front of the counselors' office. "I don't know what's worse, teleporting or instant trans-foolery!" Applebloom said, clutching her head.

"At least teleporting doesn't make you as queasy..." Sweetie Belle retched.

"I didn't know you learned that technique," Gohan said, sounding impressed.

Scootaloo puffed out her chest in pride. "It's not that big of a deal. But it took me two years to get the hang of it. Twilight helped a bunch. She compared it to how unicorns and alicorns perform it. There are two ways how they do it. One way is they have to have a clear view of the location,"

"Why's that?" Gohan asked.

"They could accidentally wind up in a wall or something," Gohan and Applebloom flinch at that while Sweetie Belle nods. "They could also hurt other ponies if they're not careful. The second way is they had to have been in a location before. They leave a small bit of magic whenever they teleport, and they can lock onto that magic,"

"I get it, like a magical impression that can be traced by the user,"

"Uh, yeah, what you said. But it was different for Ki energy. At first, I tried copying what Goku did and doing what Twilight said. It didn't work until I tried locking onto Ki energy. After that, it was easy,"

"I'm sure my dad would be proud of you, Scootaloo. Anyway, let's see what Twilight wants to talk about," The group opens the door. Twilight and Starlight were there waiting for them. Both mares looked grim with hints of worry. "I guess this conversation isn't just about catching up?"

Twilight sighs while shaking her head. "No. This conversation has to do with the robbery incident earlier. What's your opinion on it, Gohan?"

"They had weapons that were clearly from Earth. Bulma would never be as careless as to allow weaponry to enter this world," Gohan looks down in deep thought. "Today wasn't the first occurrence, was it?"

"Today would be the sixth reported incident of from criminals wielding human weapons," Starlight said.

Gohan recoiled in shock. "...Has anyone died?"

"Thankfully, no. However, many citizens suffered serious injuries. Multiple fractures. Concussions. Coma patients. The citizens are getting worried," Starlight said.

"It's gotten to the point where the princesses and I issued a curfew for every city," Twilight informs.

"What about the undisclosed incidents?" Gohan asked.

"That's where things get complicated. There's been a surge of missing creatures all over the world. But the victims are unusual,"

"What do you mean, Twilight?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"All them fellas that are going missing are big sluggers that know how to tussle," Applebloom answered.

"They're all the participants of the E.A.T. circuit. All of them are disappearing!" Scootaloo said.

Gohan crosses his arms as he diest the news. "So all the planet's top martial artists are vanishing. Along with bandits performing random acts of violence. Are these events connected somehow?"

"It's possible. It began seven years ago. A few months after you returned to Earth. At first, it happened at a slow rate, barely enough kidnapping cases to warrant serious attention. But now they've increased steadily over the years. At a meeting with the world leaders, Celestia gave a prosal. We keep the awareness of the disappearances to a minimum. Meanwhile, Princess Luna has been looking for clues at night,"

"Any progress?" Scootaloo asked.

"Something or someone is barring full access!" Twilight exclaimed in frustration. "It doesn't make sense! The ones capable of performing any magic of this caliber are either allies, sealed away, or dead!!!"

"Hmm, Videl asked you why she wasn't informed about the cooks I stopped. She's a student. why would she be involved with matters of the crown?"

This time Scootaloo answers, but not before letting out an annoyed snort. "The world president of Earth recommends Hercule since he "defeated" Cell. But he decided that was too good for him and pushed the job on his daughter,"

"They say she fought crime in her city with the police," Sweetie Belle said.

"Yeah, and her father was too busy being a blowhard to come here himself. So they sent his daughter,"

"I hear they want to get you and that Hercule fella for a bare-knuckle hoe down at the tournament," Applebloom added as Scootaloo groans.

"It's all annoying. The fans. The media. The fighters. All of them want to see a fight between us! Why? He only famous because he took credit from our colt friend!" Applebloom and Sweetie Belle nodded in agreement. "You know what, maybe I should expose him for the fraud that he is! Then I'll beat that smug attitude out of his daughter!"

"Videl doesn't seem that bad. Maybe a little pushy," Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle and Applebloom all arch a brow at that comment. "Ok, maybe she's a lot pushy, but not bad like her father," Gohan said nervously.

"Regardless, Videl does have experience when dealing with human criminals. The problem lies with the disappearances," Twilight reminded. "You have to be careful, all of you, I know you four are more than capable of fending for yourselves. But others will be in danger. We don't know who these people are or what they look like, so exercise caution around everyone," Twilight said.

"I wish there was a way to get these varmints out of hiding!" Applebloom said through gritted teeth.

"Maybe we can!" Starlight exclaimed. "What if we use the upcoming E.A.T. tournament as a trap,"

Twilight beamed brightly at the idea. "That's ingenious! They won't be able to resist all those fighters in one place. I'll write a letter to Celestia to set up a meeting. In the meantime, go about your days as normal,"

'Are things ever normal around here?' Gohan thought to himself.

episode 2: The legend. The Myth. The Stallion Son Goku...?

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[School of Friendship - Gohan's P.O.V.]



I wish I could say that things slowed down after the first day. But sadly, I can't afford that luxury. The students started bombarding me with questions about dating the crusaders. But mostly everyone wanted to know about the reigning E.A.T. champion. I'd always gave a vague answer like 'She is great' or 'She like everyone else.' Then it got awkward like when some of the guys here ask how far I've gotten with each of them. I don't give a substantial answer to those questions because I haven't the faintest clue about what they mean. Sadly, that didn't disparage anyone from talking about the girls or me. I am the latest source of gossip going around the school for a week now. It also didn't help that Videl is still suspicious of me. Sometimes during class, I would always catch her glaring at me. Other times, I could feel her presence when I am either alone in the dorms or with the girls. I don't know why she's so bent on learning my secret. It can't be that big of a deal.

"Who am I kidding? Of course, it's a big deal..." I groaned. "At least it can't get much worse,"

"Hey, Gohan!" I looked up to see Sharpner standing in front of me. It as then that I noticed he had a bright red ball resting in his hands. He tosses the ball at me as I looked confused. "We need another player to balance out the teams,"

"H-huh? But I never played any sports before!"

Sharpner walks over and drapes his arm over mine while pushing me along. "Relax. You're a smart guy. You can figure it out," We're at the gym inside of the school in no time. Many of the other students lined up in a big crowd. Videl was there in front of the group.

"Yo, Videl. I found your new player!"

Videl turns around frowns when she saw me. "You can't be serious!" She said.

"You could always forfeit if you're not up to the challenge," Sharpner teased.

Videl huffs at Sharpner before glaring at me. "Well? Are you going to stand there all day?"

I blinked in confusion before I remembered something important. "Wait! I don't have the proper gear!"

Sharpner came beside me with a duffle bag. "Here you go, slugger. I got a spare set of clothes. They should fit,"

"Um, ok..." I said.

I wish I could say I knew what was going on, but I don't. Videl had me sitting on the bleachers as the game went on for several periods. It certainly looked easy enough. There are twelve people on the floor - a line separating the two teams - with six members on each side. The game they were playing was something called dodgeball. You had to hit the opposing team with the red ball until no one was left, making your side the winner. If you catch a ball thrown at you, then you get a player back, and the person who threw the ball is out. I think the hardest players are the Pegasi and Unicorns.

Pegasi can hover in the air, but they can only dodge in strifes. But they can hold up to three balls if they're on the ground. Unicorns can hold two shots in their magic, but they have to catch the ball with their hands to make it fair. Right now, Videl only had one other person with her. A unicorn. The unicorn was a mare. She was rotating the ball around as a shield and deflecting any projectiles launched at her. Videl relied on her speed and agility to dodge any balls thrown at her. Unfortunately, Sharpner had five of his six players. One player, a yak, throws the ball hard enough to knock the unicorn's shot out of their magical grasp. Then, a pegasus follows up and eliminates Videl's last player, leaving her all alone. Funny thing is Videl seemed to grow more determined. Sharpner grins as he commanded every to throw at once. There's Nothing Videl could do there.

Videl defends herself as all the balls bounce off of her. She glares at Shaprner, who celebrates his victory. "Oh, that has to sting. Now we're tied one each and its time for the players swap for new players,"

I had no idea why Sharpner was smiling, but that meant I was up next. As I made my way on the court, Videl stands in front of me. "Listen, Gohan, just let the others handle everything. You stay in the back and out of the way!"

"Eh, haha, I'll do my best..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXYHSAIksqM

The teams reset, and things got intense in a hurry. Sharpner ordered his teammates to take out our most influential players first. That being the unicorn stallion and pegasus mare. The unicorn fell early, as Sharpner directed his team to overwhelm him. He was able to block the first two balls, but the third one nailed right in the stomach. The pegasi mare fared better at dodging until the opposing team got wised up and threw their shots ahead of her flight path. Looking to my left, I saw a hippogriff hit the floor with a ball lodged in their beak. Soon, all of my teammates were down, and Videl was livid. She had a vicious snarl direct at Sharpner grins back at her. She looks back at the court and frowns. Everyone was down but me while the other team only lost two members. One player, an earth pony stallion, smirks at me while stepping forward. He must believe I will be an easy target. He made a show of ducking down with his left arm outstretched in front, almost touching the ground while bringing his right arm with the ball behind him. The Stallion curves his right arm and throws the ball at me. It was fast, but hardly anything shocking. I tilt my body to the left as the ball flew past me.

"W-what?" The Stallion asked as the ball bounces off the wall.

"Hey, nice throw," I said.

The other members took my words as a challenge as they hurled their shots my way. I swiftly evaded them with ease. Honestly, Goten could throw these balls faster, and he can't fly yet. Now, most of the shots were on our side. Rushing over to one of them, I got ready and tagged my targets. 'I should get rid of their air support, then attack their heavy hitters,' One of the pegasi in the air had no idea what happened as my shot knock him to the ground. Everyone looked shocked that I scored an elimination, but I am only getting started. My next target was too busy gawking at their fallen teammate to react quickly enough to dodge. The other pegasi let out a grunt as my ball made contact with her stomach. "I think I got the hang of this game now!"

"Wow, Gohan's got game!" Elisa said. "You better step it up Sharpner~,"

The other team started scrambling across their side, making it harder to land a decent shot. But the other team ran in predictable ways. I picked my targets and threw my ball at a yak. From there, the ball bounced to three other opposing members. The ball hit the ground as everyone cradle the spot where I struck. Going over the count, I successfully eliminated the enemy team. "Alright! We won the round!" I turned back to the stands, expecting to see everyone's happy faces, but what I got was the same shocked expressions the other team was giving me. Especially Videl. I swear her eyes were going to pop out of their sockets.

"What just happened?" Sharpner asked. "How could you let him win that round!?"

To my surprise, Videl came to my defense. "Hey, you brought him here, Sharpner. Unless you were thinking to cheat on the bet by sabotaging my team?"

Sharpner's face started to turn red. "I-It was just a fluke! That's all! Everyone gets on the field for the last round!!!"

The final consisted of all members on each on the court for the blitz round. The craziness resumed, with players dropping out left and right. The focus of the enemy's attention was squarely on myself and Videl. She seemed more determined to win than earlier. The way she moved was fantastic. It was like watching a stream of water flowing past rocks. But she can give as well as she could take. Most of the elimination of this round came from Videl. I was mostly dodging and blocking any shots coming my way. I had to be careful not to show off my power. The problem was my secret was in danger, the longer I stayed on the field. I had to get knocked out of the game, but without rising too much suspicion. That's when I got an idea.

"It looks like we got this game in the bag. It certainly helps when the other team can't the broad side of a barn!" My taunts worked as the enemy started focusing more on me. I dodge the attempts to make it look more convincing as I continued. "Where did you find these players, Sharpner, foal hood playground!"

"Gohan?" Videl asked, but I had no time to respond as another volley of balls came my way.

"You're dead twerp!!!" Sharpner growled.

"With the way you're aiming, I'm more likely to die from boredom!"

Sharpner's face was turning red as everyone started laughing at my remarks. "That's it! Summer Blaze!" I quirked a brow as a female Kirin stepped up to Sharpner's side. "It's time to severe up to the spicy meatball!"

The kirin nodded in response as Sharpner handed her his ball. Moments later, the Kirin shifted into a Nerik. Purple flames encased the ball in her hands. It was a little unnerving staring into the Nerik's bright white eyes. The Nerik rears back and throws the flaming 'spicy meatball' at me. It was moving considerably faster, and I heard the other student yell out in shock. I braced myself as the flaming dodge ball struck me against my chest. I let myself hit the ground for added effect. Everyone was awestruck from what happened. I also think my shirt is on fire, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it might've looked. I decided to play it up a little more by clutching my chest and groaning.

"What the heck was that Sharpner!?" I heard Videl shout.

"W-what? He was supposed to duck under it like a little sissy!" Sharpner responded.

"And you didn't think that supercharging a ball with magical flames wasn't dangerous in the slightest? It doesn't matter the bets off. Someone needs to take Gohan to the nurse!"

"Don't worry. We've got it," I peeked through my eyelids when I heard a familiar voice.

"Diamond Tiara? Silver Spoon?" I asked in complete shock. Silver Spoon places her finger over my lips.

"Shh, not so loud. Come on. We have to move before anyone else recognizes us," Silver Spoon said. Both of them helped me to my feet while Videl was still giving Sharpner an ear full. We left the gym in a hurry until we rounded a corner. Once we were out of sight, both of the girls proceeded to glomp me. "We missed you so much!"

"Yeah, we would've been at the opening, but we had a modeling arrangement that day," Diamond Tiara said. Then a mischievous grin formed on Diamond's face. "Did you get our last one~?"

That's right. These two are models now. All of the girls in the herd made sure to send me plenty of letters of their occupations. Including one that was a little more-- Suggestive. "Y-Yeah...! You two looked great in those cowgirl outfits..."

https://www.furaffinity.net/view/12666462/
(Here is what they look like now. Check out the artist. Great stuff)

Silver Spoon let out a giggle as she got closer. "How great are we talking~?"

"Um..."

Diamond Tiara followed suit and pressed herself against me as well. "I doubt a picture can compare to seeing it in person. That way, we can get a more honest answer~,"

"H-hey! I just realized I never asked why you're both here. So..."

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon gave me this look mom sometimes send me. I don't fully understand the context, but I gather that it means I said something wrong, or I am missing something obvious. "We're here because this is the first time the entire herd was together since we're kids. The C.M.C. had you all to themselves when the school opened, so unless you're playing favorites, we want to spend equal time with our colt friend too!" Silver Spoon said while crossing her arms.

Diamond Tiara then glares at me while pointing her finger in my face. "Honestly, we come all the way here from our busy schedule, and you stonewall us. Do you have any idea how many stallions and mares make a pass at us? Our occupation has a lot of poachers,"

I arched a brow at this. "Poachers?"

"Urgh! Ponies that take other ponies from their herds for themselves!"

Silver Spoon nodded in agreement. "Some do it to boost their status in the industry or do it out a sense of entitlement or plain old lust. But most like the idea of taking something from someone else to establish dominance,"

"That's right. It is a game for upper-class ponies. Of course, none could match your status as a powerful alien that saved the world," Diamond Tiara said.

"But wait, they shouldn't know about that," I said.

"And they don't. All any of our colleagues know is that we're in a herd with other high position mare attached to a homely and cute stallion," I felt a blush works its way on my cheeks. "It gets tiresome after a while, and we want to relax. That's why the girls are waiting in the park for a picnic, so let's go!"

"Yeah, and you're sitting to us!" Silver Spoon said. I decided to nod and go along with the girls as they hooked my arms and dragged outside.


[The Park.]



The park is a famous hang out for the students. Many were here walking through it, playing games, and having an outing like us. However, Diamond told me we would be in a more remote location away from any prying eyes. On the way to our spot, I stopped in my tracks when I saw a statue. It was a depiction of a stallion waving his hand to those passersby's while wearing a huge grin. But what made me stop was the fact that this Stallion wore a Gi. A similar Gi to my father along with his signature hairstyle. The statue was somehow coming closer to me as memories from the Cell games came rushing back.
I was so distracted that I didn't realize I was standing in front of the statue while Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon called for me. I looked back to the girls as they came running to me before reading the description on the plaque.

"This statue is to commemorate a hero from afar whose selflessness and courage won the day. May all who read this come the appreciate the sacrifices of Son Goku..."

It felt like forever since I said my dad's full name. It almost sounds foreign to me. It wasn't until I felt a tug on my shoulder. Looking back, I saw Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon with concerned looks adorning their features. Then Silver Spoon comes up to me with her handkerchief. Confused, I touched my cheek and felt water dripping from my eyes. When did I start crying?


We made it to the location without further incident. It was a beautiful little spot surround by tall trees and some bushes. As long as we knelt, then no one would see us. Applebloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle were there waiting for us. And the next thing I knew was hitting the ground after their trademark triple glomp. "Gohan, you made it!" Sweetie exclaimed.

"Y'all sure took your sweet time getting here," Applebloom said before turning to Diamond and Silver. "Any reason for that?"

"We're just catching up on lost time, chatting, hugging, and swapping spit," Diamond said with a coy grin.

"Hey! We agreed that we wouldn't do any of that stuff until Gohan settled in more!" Sweetie Belle huffed.

"And you three don't? As councilors, you can make passes at him anytime you want!" Silver Spoon rebuttal.

"We don't abuse our position like that!!!" Applebloom stated, getting into Diamond's face while Sweetie Belle does the same to Silver Spoon. You could see the sparks in their eyes as they glared at each other. Things were escalating fast, and I tried to play peacemaker.

"I got a suggestion!" Everyone turned Scootaloo, who was lying on her side on top of the blanket. She was resting her head on her right palm while her right hand gently lift the hem of her shorts. "We're all by ourselves here. We can fool around right now if any of you guys feel neglected~." There was a smirk on her face that I couldn't place as all the other girls' cheeks turned red. A moment later, the girls all burst out laughing.

"Come on, Y'all. these vittles ain't going to eat themselves!" Applebloom said.

We sat down and ate to our heart's content. Applebloom takes a lot after her sister when it comes to baking. This apple pie was delicious. The girls all chatted about their day. It was nice until Scootloo brought up her parents. "Hey, Gohan. My parents have been bugging me about meeting yours for "a ripe shindig," as my dad like to say,"

"Oh yeah, you sent letters about them. They work as cryptozoologists, right?"

"Yep. My mom wanted to meet with Goku--"

"Oh..." And just like that, the festive mood died out.

Applebloom bumps Scootaloo against her arm. "Didn't you tell your parents that Goku isn't with us anymore!?"

"I'm sorry. It's been a while since my parent's last visit, and I didn't want to write about it in a simple letter..." Scootaloo said. "I didn't mean to upset you, Gohan..."

I was quiet for a time before my thoughts went back to the statue. "I'm guessing the princesses decided turning my dad into a stallion wouldn't raise suspicion,"

"Twilight said the statue is a symbol that even though Goku was an alien, he was no different from any other pony," Sweetie Belle said solemnly.

"You seem to be doing better than the last time we talked about it," Diamond Tiara said.

"Do you want to talk about it?" Silver Spoon asked.

I deeply sighed while looking back in the direction of the statue. "I don't know where to start..."


[Seven Years Ago - Planet Earth - Capsule corporation.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtL0ypz0cjw

"I'm glad all of you could make it here today. My father and I can't wait to show you our progress!" Bulma exclaimed. Me, my mom, Piccolo, Yamcha, Krillin, Vegeta, Tien, and Master Roshi were all sitting in Bulma's lab. She called us over the phone about something important and told us to head over to Capsule Corp.

"So what's the special occasion, Bulma? It must be good if Piccolo is here," Yamcha stated. The Namkian warrior grunted in response.

"I promise this will be worth the trip. As you all know, we came into contact with another planet. Ever since then, we've been improving on how to visit that world without space travel," Bulma stated.

"You mean you figured out how to go to Equis without a spaceship?" I asked as Bulma nodded. "Does it have anything to do with that tarp?"

"Very observant, Gohan. Now gather around. This invention will be the pinnacle of anything Capsule Corp made thus far! I call it the Portal Frame!"

"Just get on with it, woman!" Vegeta said.

"Hmph!" Bulma walked up to the tarp and pulled it away. It looked like a metal doorframe with the capsule corp logo at the center of it.

"Um, not that I doubt your expertise, Bulma, but usually doorframes have a wooden door attached to it," Yamcha criticized.

"Well, to the untrained meatheads in this room, you would be correct. However, this frame does have a door. When we got back from Equis a few days ago, we noticed that the ship held some residual magic from the planet. After hours of studying it, I determined that we can lock on to these mana waves and - using the same method for spacetravel via the magnetic storm particles - apply it through the doorway. After that, we walk right inside and, bam, we're on Equis!"

"Whoa...!" I said in awe.

"And you've tested this, right?" Tien asked.

Bulma started to look nervous as she rubs the back of her head. "This demonstration will be the first field test..." Then her smile became more confident. "It's a good thing I have the most capable warriors that can survive almost everything!"

"This development does not inspire confidence," Krillin said sheepishly.

"You'll be fine. Besides..." Bulma steps to her machine and hits the red panel on its side. A swirling vortex of purple energy covered the inside of the doorframe. "Walking through a portal is much easier than fighting some freaky alien genotype bent universal domination,"

"I suppose that makes sense," Master Roshi said. "So, who is it going to be?"

I wanted to give it a try, but my mom grips my shoulders. "Oh no, Gohan. I won't have you risking your life on some untested device. You have far too much studying to do,"

All of us like between one another before the sound of Vegeta chuckling drew our attention. "Why not send scar face over there? Out of all of us, he's the most expendable,"

"Hey! I--"

"That a great idea Vegeta. Come on, Yamcha. The portal frame locks in on the last position of the ship on Equis, so you should appear in front of Castle Friendship," Bulma said as she pulls Yamcha to the machine despite his protest. "Take this capsule. Inside is a return pad back here. Once the test is successful, we'll build another portal frame on Equis,"

Yamcha sighs as took the capsule. He tried to steady himself, but Bulma thought to hurry him along and push him through the portal. It was a few seconds before Yamcha fell back through the portal with all the girls, Spike, Celestia, Luna, and the fillies piling on top of him. Pinkie was the first to recover as she looks around with a broad smile. "See! See! I told you girls that we'd see our Earth pals today!!!"

"Well, I'll be an Appleseed on an orange tree! We ain't in Equestria no more!" Applejack said.

"Hmm, the interior is spacious, but the colors are rather bland. Nothing I can't with, mind you!" Rarity grunted out.

"I thought visiting an alien planet would be much cooler than this," Rainbow complain as she hoovers in the air.

"Oh, I think it's unique for alien interior," Fluttershy said.

"It is a bizarre shift from the usual cobble brick of the castle. Wouldn't you agree, sister?" LUna said.

"Indeed, Luna," Celestia agreed.

"I'm glad you all approve," Bulma said. That caught the attention of all the girls as Pinkie went to hug her.

"Bulma!!!" Pinkie exclaimed, nuzzling her cheek against Bulma's. The rest of the girls join in, leaving Yamcha twitching on the ground with crosses in his eyes. Mother and I laugh at his misfortune until I felt the presence of eyes on me. The C.M.C. and the Sugar lumps al had grins that matched Pinkies.

"H-hey girls--"

"GOHAN!!!" All the fillies said as the piled onto me, knocking me from my mom's side. It was hard to make out what they were saying in between the nuzzles and kisses.

"We missed you so much!"
"Did you miss us?"
"We're happy to see you!"
"It feels like forever since we hugged!"
"And kissed!"

*Clears Throat*

The girls all froze as they looked up toward my mother. "And just what do you girls think you are doing to my son!?"

The colors all drained from the fillies' faces as they scrambled to their hooves. "W-we're sorry Gohan's mom--"

Applebloom started, but mom cut her off. "Chi-Chi!"

The girls flinched again. "Ms. Chi-Chi, ma'am!"

My mother began staring the girls down as they all went rigid. "You all seem very familiar with my Gohan. Are you all competing with each other for his attention?" Mom asked as she crosses her arms.

Scootaloo was the only one brave enough to speak. "N-no, ma'am. We're already in a herd!"

"A herd? You're saying you're planning to whisk Gohan away to the north or something?"

"No, Gohan is our colt friend," Sweetie Belle said timidly.

I started to sweat as mom looked confused for a moment because of the different term. I could see her connecting the pieces as her eyes widened. She instantly turned her sharp glare on me. "Gohan! I can't believe you! Stringing these naive girls along, you've become a lecher like that old fart over there!" She gestures to Master Roshi. "I didn't raise my son to be a heartbreaker! You're much too young to be thinking about relationships in the first place!!!"

"B-but mom--"

"I don't want to hear it!"

Everyone in the room save for Vegeta looked tensed. I saw Krillin move to Twilight and the others as he whispered something. "You guys might want to get the kids out of here. Chi-Chi won't hurt them, but I hate to see their feelings get crushed,"

"Parental approval is a big part of any aspiring herd, darling. We can't interfere with my sister's herd affairs. It isn't proper!" Rarity said.

"Yeah, but if that old hag tries to tell off Scootaloo, then she can answer to my two fists!" Rainbow threatened.

"Apple bucker and Kicks Mcgee just might lend a hoof if anyone upset Applebloom!" Applejack added.

"Trust me, a fight with Chi-Chi isn't something you girls want!" Krillin insisted.

"Shush. It's getting good!" Pinkie said as she ate a tube of popcorn.

Thankfully, Scootaloo jumped in front of my mom. "Hey. All of us agree to be Gohan's filly friends!"

That's when my mother went back to glaring at the others. "How can all of you be suitable to be Gohan's girlfriend all at once!?"

"Actually. Equestria's courtship customs has always supported the use of multiple partners. The ratio of females had always outweighed the number of males dating back to the Faustian era when pony society began its first trot in the world. The more partners the male has, the greater the chance of a colt being born to balance out the population..." Twilight stops her lecture as an ominous aura left my mom's body. "...Sorry..."

"So my son is nothing but a breeding bull to you, is that it?" Mom said.

"No! He's way more than that! He's the kindest person we've ever met!" Sweetie Belle said.

"He saved us from the blood hooves!" Silver Spoon added.

"And he's the strongest stallion - uh - boy in the universe!" Scootaloo said.

"I already know of Gohan's qualities. But what makes you girls think I would allow this relationship?" My mom asked. She started to circle the fillies while judging their features.

The girls all lined up side by side as if present themselves for my mom's approval. Scootaloo displayed her wings wide. Sweetie Belle focuses a bit of her magic on the tip of her horn. And that left Applebloom, Diamond Tiara, and Silver Spoon to widen their stances and arch their tails up ever. "Silver Spoon and I are both loaded! My daddy is the owner of Barnyard Bargains. So my family is one of the richest in Equestria. Gohan won't ever have to worry about money,"

My mom looked unimpressed by Diamond's attitude, but her eyes did a twitch at the mention of money. "I am the daughter of the Ox-King. That makes Gohan a prince by default. Money is never an issue for us. You've got 'daddy's spoiled little princess' written all over you. That isn't a girl I want involved with, my son!"

Diamond Tiara flinched back, but Silver Spoon step up in her place. "Hey, Diamond Tiara, change a lot. She isn't that spoiled anymore!"

Diamond frowns at her best friend's defense. "Thanks, Silvie...!"

Applebloom stepped up next. "My name is Applebloom, and I'm an apple. Mah family runs Sweet Apple Acres, where we produce the best darn apple-based product for all of Equestria!!!"

"Darn tooting," Applejack praised.

My mom dropped her glare for a moment as she smiles. "Well, that's a lot better. My family is a radish farmer. It's good to know there's a nice wholesome girl for my Gohan," Applebloom beams at the praise before it quickly fell as my mom's glare returned.

Sweetie Belle gulps as she steps up. "My sister owns a string of boutique around Equestria..." My mom was about to comment again, but Sweetie continued. "But my friends and I are known as the CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS!!!" Applebloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle yelled. "We provide a service to help all the ponies of Equestria earn their cutie marks and discover what they mean! We even won the key to Ponyville!"

My mother glare softens again as she nodded. "I don't what cutie marks are, but helping others out of goodwill is admirable. Goku did the same when he was your age," There was a small pause that the girls missed.

Things were looking suitable for the girls now. Scootaloo looked more confident as her turn came. "I'm Scootaloo. I'm the head mare of the herd. That means I look out for our stallions best interest and protect everypony!"

"So, you would protect your friends and my son from danger?" The doubt in my mom's voice made me groan.

"That's right. It won't be an issue because I am the Junior E.A.T. champion! Goku taught me everything he knows about Martial Arts!"

A deep frown formed on my mother's face. She was starring at Scootaloo more intently. I think she noticed Scootaloo was wearing her Gi. "Unbelievable! Why am I not surprise that husband of mine passed on his brutish pass time to an impressionable youngster-- Urgh!" The fillies, as well as the others, gave my mother a baffled look. She crosses her arms and tilts her head upwards while closing her eyes. "Honestly. Why focus so much on beating others up and flexing your muscles when you should be flexing brains? Oh well, no turning back now..." Mom stood in front of my filly friends again as the straightened up. "I can't say I understand how your custom work, but I know Goku, as bullheaded he can be at times, is a good judge of people's hearts. I still think you're all too young to mess around with something like love, but I was no better at that age. So I expect Nothing but the best from you, girls!" Instantly, my mom found herself on the ground, a victim of a glomp, as my now endorsed girlfriend hugged and thanked her.

I let a sigh of relief at my mom's approval. "I wouldn't relax yet, Gohan!" I tensed up as my mother was standing in front of me now. "Since you have five girlfriends, I expect that you treat them all right. Don't even think of using these girls as a way to skimp out on your studies either! Understand!?"

"Uh, yes, mom," I said quickly.

Finally satisfied, my mom relaxed. "Good,"

"Now that Gohan's business is over, I want to talk about this machine! I can sense residual magic emanating from it! Is that how Yamcha appeared in front of the castle!? Did you come up with a method to teleport directly to other planets!?" Twilight's questions came in rapid-fire succession as Bulma held up her hands.

"I'm glad you haven't lost your intuitive Nature. I'll happily explain everything, but first, I have to contact our R&D team to begin assembly for another portal frame. This test was to see if we could do it at all. The return pad Yamcha used doesn't work on multiple people at once. You girls got lucky. You could've gotten your bodies mushed together in some horrific abomination against Nature,"

"Oh! Just like the one movie: The Pony Fly!" Pinkie stated.

Rarity visibly shudders at the thought. "Yes, as much as I love you all, I enjoy my personal space. But what should we do in the meantime?"

"How about a tour of Capsule Corp? Assembly will only take a few days, three at the most. There's plenty we have to offer," Bulma said.

"Oh! We can have the first-ever interplanetary slumber party!!! Where is the snack? I already packed our sleeping bags!" Pinkie said as she pulled out several sleeping bags.

"Tsk," A grunt to my left drew our attention to Vegeta, who was leaving the room.

"Hey, Vegeta. Where you're going?" Pinkie asked.

"Isn't that obvious? As far away from you fools as possible!"

The girls were naturally offended, save for Pinkie, who looked confused. "Aw, but why?"

"If you have to ask me that, then you are the queen of fools," With that said, Vegeta left the room.

"I see Vegeta hasn't changed at all from his last visit. Really. Darling, how do you put with him," Rarity said with a huff.

"Try your best to ignore him, girls. Let's start the tour," Bulma said.

"Hold on, where's Goku?" Spike asked. It felt like my heart froze the moment Spike asked that question.

"Verily. We expected sir Goku to be here as well," Luna said.

"Android 16 is absent as well," Celestia reminded.

"That's right. You guys had to fight some creep named Cell! What happened? I bet it was awesome!" Rainbow said with glee.

"Honestly, darling, must you inquire about acts of violence?" Rarity asks in a huff. "Not all of us want to hear such tales, right, Sweetie Belle?"

Rarity's face morphed into shock when the fillies all rush to me in excitement. "Tell us. Tell us. TELL US!!!"

"Here, I can show you the results," Bulma said as she pulls out a remote from her lab coat. A tv screen appeared out of the wall displaying the news. "Every news channel hasn't stopped covering the Cell games for a month now. All of them have been on and on about this Hercule character,"

"We're here North Tv, still celebrating the defeat of the monster Cell at the Cell Games. I am your host Jimmy Firecracker. And, boy, are you all in for a special treat. Joining us today is the man who defeated Cell. I give you - the strongest man on planet Earth - Hercule!"

"Thank you very much, Jimmy. I almost couldn't make it inside thanks to the fans blocking the entrance. It's been nonstop autograph sessions and photo ops since I beat that monster back into the stone age! Hahaha,"

"Right you did, champ. But the world wants to know; what was it like facing down terror incarnate?"

"I suppose the average person would feel like that, but as I said at the tournament, it's all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. While I can get behind amping up a crowd for a fight, that monster took things too far when he threatened the Earth!"

"What are your thoughts on the myriad band of misfits that also participated in the Cell games?"

"Nothing but an afterthought for those posers! I may be a perfect fighting machine, but I can't remember some nobodies that pop up out of the woodwork. I'm still half-convinced they were in cahoots with Cell. How else can a bunch of no-name fighters get some recognition?

"A sound theory champ. No one has been able to locate these fighters anywhere. But let's take you back once again to the Cell games!

The station began to show a highlighted version of the Cell games. The video showcases my father first. I was on autopilot watching the fight again. The girls winced at every turn as my father fought Cell. I could tell they were shocked to see Cell use our techniques against him. But the real shocker came when my father announced his surrender and made me his replacement. Looking back, I felt like if I let go of my hesitance sooner than we wouldn't have lost so much. That thought made things harder when 16 jumped to use his bomb only to discover that Bulma removed it. That gave Cell the chance to destroy his body. The girls were all speechless and worried, but it only got worse when the Cell order his children to attack the others. That worry turned into horror as Cell destroyed 16's head, and I finally snapped. That was when the video cut from me and back to Hercule. But I stopped watching when I saw 16 head smashed in again.

"What is going on here?" Spike asked. "Why do they keep saying this joker beat Cell? Why did Goku quit? What was that form?"

"Yeah, Goku wouldn't quit!" Scootaloo supported.

I looked over to everyone else who looked down solemnly. Piccolo was the only one that was neutral about everything. He walked up to in front of the group as he stares at the ponies. By now, the girls picked up on something being wrong. "The battle with Cell was far from an easy one. Goku wanted Gohan to face Cell because he believed Gohan's latent power was enough to defeat Cell if backed into a corner,"

"Are you talking about that power Gohan used against Chrysalis?" Scootaloo asked.

Piccolo shook his head. "That form wasn't the power Gohan displayed. It was more like his power going berserk. The power Gohan used was far more controlled,"

"So why did you want until 16 died to use it!?" Spike growled out.

I couldn't answer as my mother steps forward. "That's enough! My Gohan is not a battle hunger fantastic like Vegeta! He has dreams of becoming a scholar, not when the next manic is going to appear so he can punch him in the face!"

"Well, I mean, if Goku knew you could beat Cell, then wouldn't be the smart move to go all out?" Rainbow asked.

"There is a time and place for a student to advance themselves. I believe in Goku's assessment of Gohan's power. However, a teacher must know when a student is ready to make that leap," Celestia stated.

Applejack shook her head. "Now, I respect the heck of Goku, but throwing his son the big bad wolf was a step too far!"

"There wasn't a choice..." I said softly, gaining everyone's attention. "Father fought first so that I could see Cell's fighting style. But after what happen with Chrysalis trying to make me her slave, and past experiences, I was hesitant. Android 16's last words to me were to let go - that there are people like Cell who won't listen to reason. He asked to protect the animals and the life that he loved!" I closed my eyes as I felt tears start to build up. I felt the girls hug me again. "...And he was just an android, and I let him die..." I swallowed hard after what I was about to say next. "Just like I let my dad die!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNnxTxajv9Q

The room went deathly silent as I felt the fillies pull away from me. "W-what...?" Scootaloo asked.

"Gohan, darling, what do you mean?" Rarity asked.

"Yeah, Sonny isn't dead, is he?" Pinkie Pie asked.

"That's not true, right, Gohan?" Fluttershy asked softly.

"I'm afraid he is..." Mater Roshi confirmed.

"After I unlocked my power, Cell was no matched for me. There was a moment that I had Cell beat. My dad even urges me to finish him off, but I wanted Cell to suffer more. But when I backed Cell into a corner, he turned himself to a bomb that would destroy the planet. That was when my dad teleported Cell away from the Earth..."

I didn't raise my head after my confession, so I can only imagine the Equestrian expression right now. "You let Goku die...!" I could hear Spike ask in disbelief. "I think it was more like you let your powers go to your head, and Goku had to bail you out!"

"...Yes..." I admitted.

Spike shook head and snorted smoke from his nose. "We should've come here. We could've used the elements on him, or took care of those Cell juniors faster. Goku would've never had to rely on you if that was the case!"

"And what difference could you have made?" Piccolo said, walking over to Spike. "What could you offer against a being comprised of the cells from Earth's strongest warriors? There as no way to predict how the fight will turn out. The fact remains that only Gohan had the power to defeat Cell, especially after he came back from his detonation,"

"Hold on, are you saying this Cell creature self-destructed and returned from the dead!?" Twilight asked in a frazzled tone.

"Yes, and because of his Saiyan cells, he was stronger than ever. In the end, it was Gohan that ultimately defeated Cell!"

"Wait!" Scootaloo exclaimed. "Let's us the Dragonballs like we did on Equis, then we can bring Goku back!"

"YEAH!!" The fillies agreed.

"That won't work!" Tien said, gaining everyone's attention. "Goku's been revived by the Dragonballs once before, and Shenron never revives the same person more than once,"

"We wanted to travel to Namek and use their Dragonballs, but Goku stopped us," Yamcha said.

"Um, how could Goku talk to you if he was gone?" Fluttershy asked.

"Goku was able to talk with us with the help of King Kai,"

"But why wouldn't Goku return to life?" Spike asked.

"Goku brought a point about why the Earth as always in danger," Krillin said. "The Red Ribbon Army, the androids, Frieza, Cell. All of them are enemies Goku defeated in the past. He felt the Earth would be safer if he weren't around,"

"Yeah, Goku had a knack for attracting the worst of the worst, hehe," Yamcha joked lamely.

"Yamcha! Too Soon!!" Pinkie scolded, her mane was straight.

"So, we can't bring Goku back?" Scootaloo asked softly.

"It was Goku's wish for the Earth to remain safe. If that meant remaining in Otherworld, then so be it," Piccolo stated.

"Equestria faces old threats from relics of the past. Almost all of them either had a grudge against the princesses. He doesn't have to stay dead!" Twilight argued.

"There times when It feels as though the universe creates adversity to maintain the balance. If harmony reigns, then agents of chaos will come to disrupt it. If chaos dominates the world, then champions of harmony will impede it," Celestia said.

Luna nods her head in support of her sister. "Nature abhors a vacuum. If Goku is the strongest, then his power must face adversity," Luna then looks over to me. "I know the feeling of letting my abilities cloud my judgment. You are not at fault, Young Gohan,"

I looked down in shame again. "But if I finished Cell--"

Luna cut me off as she embraced me in a hug. "You cannot dwell on happenstance. Your father left the world in your care because of his faith in his son. If that faith misplaced?" I sigh as I shook my head. "Then, there is no cause for worry. Come, friends, we should honor the life Goku led with celebration, not tears!"

Instantly, Pinkie's hair sprang back up. "Oh! I have the thing right here..." Pinkie reaches into her mane pulls out a capsule. She presses the button down and throws it. Moments later, the room is pack with many party favors, games, and snacks.

Bulma raises a hand at that. "Wasn't that one of my capsules?"

"Yep. It fell out of your pocket when you got foalnapped. I figured it out and use it for my emergency party situations like this one!" There was a big banner that had the words 'Thank you, Sonny' wrote on it. There was also a little picture of my dad in cartoonish form.



"Now, let's get this reunion party started!!!"

The mood turned around in a hurry. Pinkie and the others managed to coax everyone else into joining the party. Although Piccolo sat near the snack table, there was a small smile on his face. Krillin, Yamcha, and Tien danced to the music while Bulma talked with the princesses. My mother and I stayed where we are, that is until I felt a tug on my arm. Scootaloo and the girls were pulling me onto the dance floor. They all had wide grins as I looked back at my mother. She waves her hand at me with a smile on her face. I smiled back and joined the girls. The party was a lot of fun.


"I still miss my father, and I still feel responsible for him not being here, but I know he wouldn't let the stuff bother him," I said.

"That's right! I doubt anything can bug Goku like that," Scootaloo agreed before frowning. "I still don't like the idea of Hercule lying about beating Cell! Why should a doofus like him take credit for something you did!?"

"Yeah, a newborn foal couldn't beat that guy," Diamond said.

"It's never been about fame for us. We got so used to stopping threats like Cell that I guess we save the world out of habit now," I said.

"Fame isn't all it's crack up to be either," Sweetie Belle said. "Did we ever tell you about the time Twilight published her friendship book?"

Applebloom let out a low groan. "Oh! Don't remind me of that fiasco. It took darn near forever to get the ponies off our farm!"

"I never saw Rainbow avoid her fans before, but I can understand now," Scootaloo said. The date was a huge success. We spent the rest of the talking and enjoying each other's company. I'm am glad I have these amazing mares in my life.

episode 3: He's Great, just Saiyan Man!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3EEEuScmLU

[School of Friendship - Auditorium - Gohan's POV.]



"So do you all think is the special announcement has something to do with our trip?" Elisa asks. All the students were sitting in the auditorium with Videl to my right and Elisa to my left.

"I heard it was last minute. A rep from the Equestrian Education Association," Ozzy said.

Sharpner leans back on his chair with his arms behind his head. "One of those high noble unicorn supremacists at that. Word on the street is that they hate each other,"

"How can the princess of friendship hate anyone? Doesn't that go against her job?" Elisa asks.

"I think it may be one-sided," I said. "I heard from the junior councilors that the EEA doesn't agree with the School of friendship's student body,"

"You mean you heard from your girlfriends~." Elisa teased as I blushed.

"It must be nice having insider information about the school's machinations," Videl added.

"It's not like that--"

"Attention. May I have your attention, please?" A filly said, wearing a white shirt and red skirt with spenders. I believe her name was Cozy Glow. She and the rest of the school faculty were on stage. "Thank you all ever so much for attending the assembly. We have a special guess joining us today--"

"Oh, great, it's her," Videl said in an annoyed tone.

"Is something wrong?" I asked.

"That filly seems off to me like she's plotting something,"

"Don't mind her, Gohan. Videl naturally hates cute things," Elisa teased.

"Please give a big old school of friendship welcomes to the chancellor Neighsay," Cozy Glow said.

At the sound of that name, I knew this announcement was going to be bad news - for any non-ponies anyway. He donned a full robe with his medallion around his chest. Sharpner wasn't just making a simple joke about supremacy among the Canterlot unicorns. The chancellor made numerous complaints about the schools' existence, and how it was a threat against Equestrian values. But I can't say his full support of tribalism isn't unwarranted since it was only recently that the other started species began unifying. It's hard to allow a school of all species when dragons used to enact raids on Equestrian soil. Or when changeling attempted to overthrow the government on multiple occasions. He brought his concerns to the day court after Twilight opened the school her despite being unsanctioned by the EEA. It was the first time in parliament history that all of the princesses had to abstain from voting due to conflicting interests. The only reason the school stands today is because of like-minded ponies such as Fancypants and Fleur. They saw the schools as a means to expand the idea of friendship to others and improve relations. The vote didn't sit well with a lot of nobles, especially the chancellor, so why is he here now?

"Good evening, my fellow ponies," Good start so far. "As you may know, I am Chancellor Neighsay, head director of the Equestrian Education Association. The reason for my visit is quite simple. To inform you of the imminent danger you all will face!"

Immediately, the tone of the room changed. Several murmurs of concern went off. Cozy Glow gasped out in shock, but it looked exaggerated. "Danger!? What do you mean?" She asked.

"I am referring to the influx of human criminal activity!" The chancellor declared, eliciting more gasps. He pulls out an envelope from his robes. "This pocket contains a report of various crimes committed by humans. These crimes include vandalism, terrorism, assault, battery, foal-napping, and many more of the like across multiple kingdoms. That would've been fine if Equestria wasn't opening the door for these fiends to run rampant!" Using his magic, the chancellor display many photographs featuring criminal activity perpetrated by humans. Given what I saw at the portal station, it's hard to argue against Neighsay's claims.

"Chancellor Neighsay! You've overstepped your bounds! I will not sit here and let you berate my students with hate speech and slander!" Twilight stated firmly.

Many of the students agreed, but Neighsay scoffs at this. "I am speaking nothing but the truth, head mare Twilight. Something you and the other princesses willfully censor to the general public. I was thoroughly against bringing beings from Earth on Equestrian soil. At least the other savages are native to the planet. The humans bring a calamity far worse than any dragon or Yak could, thanks to their technology. Just look at what happened at the 'unauthorized' opening of this school!"

Twilight scrunched up her muzzle in annoyance, "The princesses and I have those bouts of unrest contained! But that information was strictly confidential. You aren't even supposed to have it!"

"I am not just a chancellor of the EEA. I have access to the right individuals the same as you princess," An coy smile adorned his features. "And unlike you, I am using my authority to ensure the safety of our ponies! Those bouts of unrest are quickly escalating every day. Why the city of Manehattan - the trip you are planning, by the way - was recently seized by local gangsters. Whom I recall are currently toting around human weaponry!"

"Golly. All of this news sounds dangerous," Cozy Glow said. "How are the humans bringing weapons here if that fancy portal is supposed to be checked by the guards? Is security that bad, or are there humans that are very sneaky with hiding those weapons?"

"A fine question, little filly, one I sincerely hope Princess Twilight has an answer for us," Neighsay goaded.

Rainbow Dash flew into the chancellor's face, glaring at him. "You think that if some bad humans and their weapons will be enough to scare us off, then you didn't do your homework on us!"

"It is that kind of reckless attitude that I will not have around impressionable young ponies!" By now, it looked like all the humans were glaring at Neighsay. "But, to get to the point of this assembly, I've brought these concerns to parliament once again. with the overwhelming amount of evidence, I am sure the purity of Equestria will prevail!"

"What are you talking about?" Starlight asks. "What vote?"

"The vote to revoke all human citizenship and close off the portal between worlds!" What? They can't do that! "After all the other riffraff are off our world, of course,"

"That's enough!" It came as no surprise when Videl jumped to the stage. "Where do you get off smearing us like that?"

"Smearing would require telling a lie, and the proof of you kinds misdeed, are right here!"

Neighsay was flaunting those documents as they were Zeni, but Videl's indifferent scowl morphed into a smirk. "Funny. I seem to recall that ponies have their bad elements as well. Or is Nightmare Moon still an old mare's tale?" The smug exterior of Neighsay instantly fell after that. "I know there are a lot of bad humans - I've put a lot of them behind bars - but don't pretend ponies are above everyone else!" Videl turns to the crowd as everyone gave her their attention. "None of you need to worry about any rouge humans on this trip. I've dealt with their types on multiple occasions. Plus, being the daughter of the world champ, I've picked up more than enough skills to handle anything,"

The auditorium erupted into cheers as Neighsay scowls. "I sincerely doubt a little human like you can a multi-national crisis by themselves, and I won't risk the safety of ponies on it!"

"Then it's a good thing the E.A.T. champ is a school consular!" Scootaloo spoke up, marching up to Videl. "I think I can keep everyone safe with some help from daddy's girl if needed,"

Videl eyes narrow on Scootaloo, who smiles in return. "Thanks, champ, but I wouldn't the press reporting your injury before you meet my father," Scootaloo's eyes twitch as a smile was on Videl's face.

"And I wouldn't want the 'world's strongest man' to drop out of our fight because of your potential injury,"

They turned and faced each other as we watched. "You might want to watch yourself if we meet up with a group of them, I might start throwing attacks recklessly!"

"Yeah, and you might want to keep clear, or I might blow you away on takeoff!" Both girls were standing there smiling, but I could see the tension. It was hard to miss with the sparks flying from their eyes.

I slapped my hand against my forehead. "This mess keeps getting better,"


[Manehattan.]



Manhattan was one of the largest cities in Equestria, next to Canterlot. And like Canterlot, you can see Capsule Corp's influence. But today, we're here to visit a new art gallery. Since the portal between worlds, many artists took the chance for inspiration for their pieces. After some time, the owner of this art gallery got in touch with them to showcase their work. Twilight got wind of it and decided to take the class for a visit. I think this will be great for everyone, especially after Chancellor Neighsay's announcement. Tension started to strain now that the seeds of doubt sowed into their hearts. I got to quit with poetry books. Regardless everyone was still excited about the trip, and many patrons filled the gallery. A mare in a purple business suit stepped up to the group. She bowed before Twilight as she returned the gesture.

"Thank you so much for coming, Princess Twilight. There are no words to express my gratitude and what this means for the gallery!!!"

"Thank you for having us, Showcase. I think a trip here will help ease the strained relations of our students," Twilight said.

"I agree with you completely, princess. Now then..." Showcase walks in front of us and clears her throat. "Welcome, welcome, creatures of all species, to View of the world's art gallery! Ever since the portal joining our two worlds came about, inspiration struck the artists world over--"

"Oh! O.H.!" A frantic voice got our attention. It turned out to be Silverstream, a sea pony representative from Seaquestria, and one of the juniors of Twilight's school. "Is one of the displays a work of Blank Canvas? I only ask because I got into painting and I discovered his work. And I thought, 'Wow, he's super talented!' I mean, putting colorful ink on a board? That's great! Then I turned to Gallus here and said, 'Oh, what if we get to me him?' And--"

Gallus, another representative from Griffinstone, places his talon over Silverstream's beak and turns to Showcase. "She's - uh - very excited about the gallery,"

"Really. I couldn't tell," Smolder said sarcastically. This dragon was unique. I heard rumors that Spike and Ember took on a student and sent them to the school. Based on what I'm sensing from her, I'd say she fits the bill.

"Thank you very much, young mare. Enthusiasm such as yours is what drives these artists. Now, let's begin!" Showcase led us into the main hall. Instantly, we stopped. There were many art displays available with a large number of other patrons. But, the big shock was the presence of the artists themselves. Our first stop was near another pony - an earth pony stallion that had their mane in a swirl. "Meet Single Drip. And his piece; A dotted plain,"



"Yona, don't understand. What is the picture?' A Yak from Yakistan asked. She was another of Twilight's juniors.

Single Drip flicked his drooping mane upwards as he spoke. "I crafted this piece based on my first hoof steps on Earth. I wanted to capture how everything was so different than Equis!"

All of us stared intently at the painting. It was a unique take on perspectives, but I don't think Yona quite understood. "So, it is a tree, with dots!" Yona said with a smile. Single Dip shoulders slump as he lets out a snort.

"Hehe, continuing onward..." Showcase said nervously. We followed along until we stood before a human woman. "This is Miss Cher and her piece, Untamed Wilds!"


"I-Is that a - *GULP* - Timberwolf?" Sandbar asked.

"Yes, it is. My first time here looking for inspiration had me traveling all over. Eventually, during a night camping, I stumbled upon their den. I could hardly believe wood, of all things, would ever pose a threat by itself. So, I was able to capture the moment of a natural predator of an unusual origin in its supernatural plain!"

"Far out," Sandbar sad in awe.

"Yes, but let's not try to do anything so - um - adventurous ourselves," Showcase said as we continued.

The tour went on for a whole hour. We visited about seven other exhibits during that time. It was amazing to see the various art and hearing the reasoning behind their creation. Although, I don't think the humans were as enthralled as the rest. Even I had to admit that some of the exhibits were lackluster, but it's not the artist's fault that my life is crazy sometimes. But the display we're at now has even me stumped. The juniors were all crowding around a clay sculpture, as Showcase explained it.



(The Young Six ladies and gentlemen)


"What the hay is this?" Gallus asks.

"It clay. What else could it be?" Smolder snarked.

"I think it's a person. Or a pony. No, it's a person and a pony!" Silverstream said.

"Close, but off the mark," Showcase said. "This piece belongs to Hand Craft. Sadly, she had to leave due to an emergency. But she entrusted me to portray her work. Now, can any of you tell me what is happening in this sculpture?" The juniors looked confused as I was about to answer. However, Ocellus beat me to it, which is surprising since her shyness reminds me of Fluttershy.

"I believe its a representative of the merging of our two worlds. How even though we are different, there are many similarities between the two," The young changeling said.

All of us were silent until Showcase finds her voice again. "Yes, that's correct. I was wondering who would get that right. That's very intuitive, young lady," Ocellus blushes at the praise.

"Hey kid, got any idea on how much that lump of mud is worth?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WOxJ4HmwCM

Everyone turned around to the source f the new voice. There, standing in the hall, were a group of bandits comprised of humans. Two of them were guarding the door as the rest corraled the other guest against the wall, leaving us in the center of the room. All of them were brandishing weapons from Earth. The leader was of average build with a black, long-sleeve shirt, red gloves, combat pants, and boots with blonde hair. He slung a rifle over his shoulder in a casual manner. Everyone went on alert as we huddled together. Twilight and the other teachers stood in front of us as the leader smiles. We were in a bad situation. I didn't know whether or not I should act. I mean, these guys were complete pushovers when it comes to power levels. I guess Neighsay wasn't lying about the rising crime rate. But, I decided to wait before making a move.

"Hey! The boss asked you a question!"

Ocellus flinched at his harsh tone and cowered behind Smolder. "I-I. Um-- Ah!?"

The crook shot his weapon in the air scaring the students. "Come on now, bug girl. I asked real nice-like. I'm not exactly known for my patience!"

"Hey, how about you back off our students, creep," Rainbow Dash demanded.

"Who do you ruffians think you are?" Rarity demanded.

The leader adopted a smile that made Rarity uneasy. "Well, well, well. Check out this, sheila, boys. Oh, where are my manners? I'm Dutch, and we're the repo gang, meaning we aim to repossess these fancy drawings for something more practical. A nice pile of gold sounds about right,"

Surprisingly, Showcase steps forward. "Y-you're wasting your time. None of these pieces are worth anything at the moment. A-at least, not until their out up for bidding,"

"I have connections both here and on Earth who like this stuff. They tell me that art is worth way more..." Dutch then turns his weapon to some of the artists while they cower in fear. "When the person that makes 'em croaks,"

"That's enough!" Twilight spoke with authority. "You won't be threatening anyone anymore! Surrender!"

The group of thugs looked at Twilight in confusion before they start laughing. "Get a load of the pega-corn here. Hah, what a good joke, sheila. Hold up..." Dutch stares more intently at Twilight, a look of realization dons on him. "Will you look at that, it's one of the princesses of fairytale land! She'll be worth way more than any of these doodles here! Tell you what, your majesty, why don't you come along with us, and we'll leave these good freaks alone,"

Twilight and the others merely deadpan at this guy. "Now?" Rainbow asks.

Twilight nods in response. "Now!" With a flick of her wrist, all their weapons flew onto the ceiling. Applejack got her rope out as Rainbow charged forward. She flies around them in a circle until the thugs were close together. Applejack throws her lasso in the air while Starlight follows up by shooting a beam of magic at it. The rope elongates and falls around the thugs. Pinkie and Fluttershy help Applejack pull the lasso until it became a taunt, trapping the gang members. Finally, Rarity uses the remaining length to tie the crooks up, leaving a bow tie knot in the center. Everyone started to cheer while Twilight and girls congratulate themselves. "Good work, girls. The art gallery is safe,"

"Ha. Took you all down in ten seconds flat!" Rainbow said as she checks her wristwatch to confirm.

"It wasn't hard against a bunch of muscle-bound, dishonest, thieves!" Applejack scolded.

"you all should be very ashamed of yourselves! Bringing in dangerous weapons, and trying to take other creatures work is despicable," Fluttershy berated.

"Yeah, think of all the other humans you're giving a bad name!" Pinkie added.

Dutch closes his eyes in mock embarrassment. "Oh, you're right, Shiela. Oh, if my mother could see me now,"

Rarity flicks her muzzle up at the gang leader. "Save your breath, darlings. Scoundrels like him are hardly worth it!"

"Starlight, go notify the royal guard. I'm sure they'll be happy to have these miscreants processed!' Twilight stated. Starlight nodded and teleported away.

"Way to go, teach!" Gallus cheered.

"Yeah, that was amazing, and also terrifying, but mostly amazing!" Silverstream exclaimed.

"T-Thank goodness," Ocellus said in relief.

"That was way more than I was expecting from an art trip. I might go to one more often," Sandbar said.

Smolder crosses her arm in annoyance as she huffs out some smoke. "Speak for yourself. Now, it got boring again!"

"Yona, don't get it. Robe pony said human crooks were bad. But these crooks ard bad at being bad,"

A chuckle from Dutch caught our attention. "Hear that boys, the lizard wants more excitement. Good thing I picked up this little beaute..." Dutch dug in his pocket to pull out a capsule. Before we could react, it emitted a screeching noise. The ponies all fell to their knees and covered their ears.

"Scootaloo!!!" I ran to her side as she screamed. I doubt she could focus her Ki at this point. It was hard to make their screams from the device's shrieking. The other creatures were affected as well, leaving them disoriented. Even Smolder had trouble standing. "What have you done!?" Whatever that sound emitter was, it was only affecting the creatures of Equis.

Dutch laughs as he and the gang member retrieved their weapons. "A nifty little keepsake from Capsule Corp. Them Briefs sure make some fun toys. It reigns in unruly animals real good-like, ain't that right princess?" Twilight couldn't respond, none of could do anything outside of screaming. "Alright, gents, round up the princess and her friends. That big score I promise is waiting for us! Hell, take a few of the doodles while you're at it!" The thugs started to move towards the girls, but I wasn't going to let that happen. I stood in from of Twilight and took a fighting stance. Dutch slaps his hand to his head as he laughs.

"Gohan, don't!"

"He'll kill you!"

"Get back here!"

The voices Elisa and the others were drowned out by that sound emitter. I knew I was risking exposure, but I'm not about to let this jerk touch my friends. "I'd listen to you, buddies, poindexter. Otherwise..." He levels his gun to my head while smiling maliciously. "You'll find out what happens to heroes in real life!"

"How about you try your luck!" I said with a confident smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDCHkQmXIFM

I felt a hand grab my shoulder as I looked back. Videl leaps over me while pushing me to the other students and kicks Dutch right in the face. The blow staggers him as Videl's boot print was visible on his face. Videl had all of our attention now as she charges forward. Dutch tries to aim his gun, but Videl pivots on her feet and knocks the weapon out of his hands. Dutch to go on the offensive and hurled several punches at her. But it was clear that there was a skill gap between them. Dutch's attacks were wild and unsteady, while Videl's dodging was impressive. She slips underneath a left hook, leaps up, and drives her knee into Dutch's chin. Everyone winces as we saw some teeth fly out while he falls to the ground. Dutch clutches his jaw while Videl stands tall.

"You were saying something about heroes?" Videl mocked.

Dutch removes his hands from his mouth as he stood back up. He was missing three teeth and supporting a busted lip. "Take her out, you idiots!"

Instantly, Videl was on the move. The repo gang opens fires on her. She drew their fire away from us while ducking behind a pillar. This situation was looking bad. Videl may be more durable than these clowns, but she's still vulnerable to bullets. One of the thugs pulls out a grenade to flush her out of cover. However, Videl acts quickly and throws her backpack at him. That maneuver gave Videl her opening as she dashes out of the cover. She jumps up and hooks her legs around his head. Videl shifts her weight and slams the man against the ground. The grenade fell from his grasp and rolled over to the other crooks. They all blinked in confusion before getting away from the explosive. Sadly, they were too slow. The grenade knocks them all down as we shield ourselves. Videl pressed her attack while they recovered. Seeing her approach, many of the repo members pulled out knives. Videl was undaunted, however, as she dodges a swipe meant for her face, Videl drives her elbow into her opponent's stomach before spinning around and slamming another elbow strike on the cheek. Videl's moves on to her next foe as she scores a roundhouse kick to his temple. Videl is amazing! Looking back to Dutch, it was clear he was upset.

"For crying out loud! Jump this brat together, you morons!" Dutch ordered. The rest of the gang members complied as they surrounded Videl. However, Videl dashed after a guy twice her size. She jumps onto his chest and let gravity take over. She planted both her feet against the man's chest and flipped him onto his comrades. "SHE'S MAKING YOU LOOK LIKE AMATEURS!!!"

"Sorry, but that's all on them! Of course, their leader is pretty mediocre himself!" Videl mocked with a smirk.

"You worthless little-- Wait, I've seen your face before!" His eyes went wide as Dutch pointed a shaky finger at Videl. "You're the daughter of that mook, Hercule!!!"

"That mook happens to be the world martial arts champion," Dutch grit his teeth so that I thought they would crack. However, Dutch surprised all of us when he dashed over and took Smolder hostage.

"H-hehe, this changes everything sheila!" He pulls out a knife and places it against Smolder's throat. Smolder was too busy reeling in pain to do much of anything. Dutch slides his sleeve up to reveal a communicator. "Boys! Bring in, Bobo!"

"Let her go now!" I demanded.

"Crook it! I'm in charge-- Aah!?" I recoiled at the sight of Smolder bitting into Dutch's arm. The pain made Dutch drop the sound emitter. Carefully, I focused my Ki through my vision and destroyed it unnoticed. "No!" With the device destroyed, the creatures of Equis slowly recovered. Smolder snarls at the man as she bared her fangs and claws. Scootaloo flexed her wings as she went air born.

"Pick a body part!" Scootaloo said in a low tone.

"All of them!" Smolder replied with a growl.

"Game's over Dutch. Unless you want to try your luck against the champ and an angry dragon," Videl said with a smirk.

In a surprising move, Dutch puts up his left hand as he started counting down. Moments later, a vehicle came crashing through the wall. Dutch quickly ran to the doors and opened them. A hulking beast jumps out of the back. Judging from the white fur, I'd say it was a primate. It wore a chest plate and a mask with unique symbols on it. I was picking up a significant power level from this thing.



Silverstream started hyperventilating at the sight of this creature. "No, it can't be him. Not again!!!"

"Sorry, freak-lovers, I got to skedaddle. But, my friend Bobo here will keep you company!"

And with that last remark, Dutch hops in the front of the car and speeds off. Now only this monster was here. It's breathing was erratic as it looked around the room. Finally, it set its gaze on the other students. Bobo beats his chest before charging at us. Videl stood in the ape's path, intent on protecting us, but this monster was beyond her. Thankfully, Twilight recovered enough to erect a barrier around it. It punches against the shield before lets out a howl. To everyone's shock, Bobo activated his battle aura. None of us could prepare for what happened next. Bobo teleported out of Twilight's barrier - reappearing before Videl. I had to give her credit - Videl doesn't scare easily. The moment she saw Bobo in front of her, she delivers a roundhouse across its temple. But, it was ineffective. I reacted before anyone else. As Bobo raised his right arm, I pushed Videl back with the students, and Bobo struck me across the stomach. My body flew across the art gallery before I crashed into a tapestry.


[Third person POV.]



"Gohan!!!" Videl called out. She tried to rush over to where Gohan had landed, but Bobo barred. He path. Her eyes opened in shock once again as the Yeti went on the attack. However, Bobo's fist found his fist intercept by an irate Scootaloo. "W-what!?"Clenching her fist, the orange pegasus aura flares as she slams her fist into Bobo's torso. Bobo doubles over while Scootaloo finishes the fight with a spinning knee strike to the primate's face destroys the mask in the process. The humans, including Videl, stood in awe.

"Whoa. That guy was twice her size, and she took him out in two hits!" Sharpner said.

"And Videl hit that thing with her best kick while it didn't even flinch!" Ozzy stutters.

"I guess that's why she's the Equis world champ huh," Elisa said in an unsteady tone.

Videl turns back to her friends only for Scootaloo to gain her attention once again. "GOHAN!!!"

Everyone turned over to find Applejack helping Gohan return to the group. Scootaloo rushed over to hug him. "Easy, Scootaloo, I'm fine,"

"You got careless!" Scootaloo lightly scolded, knowing the reason behind Gohan's poor performance.

"You're fine!? Are you crazy? I saw that thing launch you across the room. You must have some broken ribs!" Videl stated.

Gohan forms a placating gesture with his hands. "No worries, Headmare Twilight used her magic to heal me!"

Videl was hardly convinced. "Try to stay out the way next time,"

Gohan rubs the back of his head as he laughs sheepishly. "I'll do my best,"

"Um teach, something's up with Silverstream," Sandbar said. Following Sandbar, everyone saw Silverstream in a fetal position while Ocellus comforts her. "She's in bad shape, but she won't answer us,"

Twilight walks over to the troubled hippogriff as she gently pulls her into a hug. "Shh, it's alright. No one is going to hurt you. We're all safe,"

Despite Twilight's assurances, Silverstream fervently shakes her head. "No! It's him. He's back!!!"

"Whose back sugarcube?" Applejack asks.

Tears threaten to fall from the young Hippogrff's eyes as she points to the unconscious Bobo. "S-S-Storm King...!"

"Storm King?" Gohan asks. He, as well as the others, stood there in confusion as they studied Bobo's features, drawing the majority of their focus was the letter M written on its forehead.


[The next day - Capsule Corporation - Gohan POV.]



After the events of yesterday's field trip, I needed to talk to Bulma. Twilight agreed and made an excuse about my supposed injuries so I could travel to Earth. Upon returning to Earth, I saw that Bulma was having her share of issues. When I found Bulma in her office, she was rubbing her temples as she peered over some papers. And I was about to make her day much worse. "Uh, hey Bulma,"

Bulma looks up to me in surprise before sending me a tired smile. "Hey Gohan, how you been?"

"Not good, to be honest,"

"Urgh! Tell me about it," Bulma got up from her desk and went to the coffee maker. She poured herself a cup and sat back down.

"Well, the number of human criminal activity is starting to escalate. Yesterday on a field trip, some thugs calling themselves the redo gang tried to kidnap Twilight using weapons from Earth. They even had a sound emitter that completely disabled all the planets inhabitants - Scootaloo included!"

Bulma lets out a deep sigh in response. "I know. These letters are all from the countries that came under attack. They're also some strongly worded phrases and some not-so-subtle accusations claiming I'm responsible. Some unicorn, Chancellor Neighsay, accused me of prepping an invasion!"

"Yeah, we met him at the school. He seems..."

"-Like a pompous, self-righteous jerk that hates everything, not a unicorn?"

"I was going to say grumpy, but that works," We shared a laugh as I got back on topic. "Anyway, have you got any idea as to why these weapons are on Equis?"

Bulma adopted a quizzical expression. "I have a few ideas, but none of them should work given the steps I've taken to prevent this mess from happening. From the moment you walk into Capsule corp, we receive notifications for any weapons, thanks to our scanners. Not to mention the fact that Capsule Corp has weapons depart,"

"Maybe they take the weapons apart so that they're harder to detect?" Gohan offers.

Bulma shakes her head. "We have the most sophisticated scanners in the world. I should know, my father and I designed them,"

"What if these crooks have someone helping them within Capsule Corp?"

"That would be the only scenario that makes sense, but we don't let anyone work here, especially after the construction of the portal frame. I'll have to do some digging on my side. We have to solve this problem otherwise we'll have riots on both worlds,"

"There's something else I want to ask you. Well, more like I need a favor,"

"What is it, Gohan?"

"It's clear all these incidents won't until we stop the weapons and their suppliers. The problem is I can't get involved without risking my privacy,"

"Hmm, are you sure that you need to get involved? Equis has plenty of heroes already, and didn't the Earth's president appointed someone to aid with the criminal element?"

Gohan nods in response. "Yeah, her name is Videl. She's the daughter of the current world champion. I don't know much about her father, but I've seen her fight. She handles herself well,"

A knowing smile began to form on Bulma's features. "Oh~, looking to add a human to your little menagerie, Gohan?"

"It's not like that!" Gohan denied, my face turning red. "Before the gang leader escaped, he unleashed this monster that was too much for her. Twilight told me that the top-ranking fighters in Equis are vanishing one by one. I don't know if the criminal activity of humans and the disappearances are related, but I do know that Videl can't fight this by herself. I want to protect her, and my mare friends, along with everyone else on Equis,"

"Still playing the hero after all this time, huh? Let's head to my workshop. It shouldn't take too long to whip something up!" It took about two hours for Bulma to finish whatever she was doing. She got up and handed me a wristwatch. "There we go. All you have to do now is hit this button on the side,"

I studied the wristwatch for a bit before pressing the button. I felt the clothes I was wearing a shift and replaced by something more form-fitting. I felt something appear over the top of my head as my vision went black. "Um, Bulma, I can't see,"

"Not to worry, that helmet you have is special. Head up display; activate.!" Instantly, a blue light flashed before I was able to see again. Several lines of data codes scrolled in front of me. "I've outfitted that helmet with many features that will be of use. A zoom function. Long-range audio detection. A two-way communications link to Capsule Corp. Vital sign display. It can even detect both magic and Ki energy signatures. But most importantly, it can find those weapons. I'll let Twilight know so she can assist you," A frown suddenly forms as Bulma adopts a melancholy attitude. "We have to find whoever is responsible, Gohan. Otherwise, I'll have to shut down the portal frame for good..."

"It won't come to that Bulma. I'll make sure of it! By the way, do you have a mirror?" Bulma brings up a small mirror from her desk. My jaw drops in awe at the sight of my new suit and how cool I looked! "Whoa!!!!"

"So does Equis' new hero has a name?" Bulma asked with a smirk.

Nothing was coming to mind right away, but then inspiration struck. "Since I'm doing this to protect my family's privacy, I should also honor it as well,"


[One week later - Equestria, Baltimare - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SZLzkZM8GA

"Look at them, squirming on the ground. Does that hurt little guard?" The masked thief taunted. Six armed thugs stood in a jewelry store as the patrons and workers squirmed in pain. "These screechers are top of the line boss,"

"They better be for all I paid them for, round up these horses! We got a buyer that has quite a taste for fine jewels!"

"Then you can pay for them like everyone else!" A heroic voice stated. The bandits turned to the doorway to find a man standing there. The light shining from behind him concealed his form. A moment later, there was a flash and a scream. The criminal holding the screecher was now clutching his hand, and the device itself laid broken on the floor.

"Who is this clown?"

The leader aimed his gun while his comrades followed his example. "A dead man!" Before they could fire, the figure raises his hand. With a grunt, a shockwave knocks the criminals to the wall unconscious.

"That takes care of you miscreants," The figure turns to the citizens who were watching him with awe and trepidation. "Nothing to worry about, the royal guard are on their way,"

"Wait, who are you?" A pony asks.

"I am--"


[Two weeks later - Applelossa]



In the out stirks of Applelossa, a train goes by its usual route. However, Three riders were approaching horses from Earth. "Here it is, fellas. The goods on this here train will make us a mint!" The cowboy pulls out a bazooka and locked onto the train. The train robber fires the weapon, causing an explosion. However, the train robbers weren't expecting a flying man emerging from the smoke. "W-what!?"

"Sorry to derail your plans, but your nefarious ways are over!"

A few moments later, the train pulled into the station without issue. The ponies all got out as the masked man landed on the station. The train robbers were all subdued and tied up for the local authorities. The masked man went to address the crowd. "Be sure to notify the princess when the sheriff comes to round these dirty cowpokes,"

"Hold on there, mister. I'm the conductor. I saw that whole scuffle and can't thank you enough for saving my load. Who are you anyway, mister?"

The masked man smirks as she stuck his left arm out in dramatic fashion. "I am--"


[One month later - Prance.]



A speeding truck barrels down the street as several cruisers give chase. The back of the truck opens as burly human primes his chain gun. However, the sudden jolt of the vehicle halted that plan. The burly man clutched his head as he exited the truck. "What's going on here!? The cops are going be on us any second!"

"I'm afraid that you seem to be experiencing some vehicular trouble. But, you should know you can never escape justice!"

Confusion donned on the gunner's features as he goes around the vehicle. The car was now a mangled heap - as if something took a bite out of the engine. It was no street accident, however. A masked individual with a flowing red cape had the driver tuck under his arm. The burly bute of a man snarled as he aimed his weapon. "What's your deal bucket head? You got a death wish!?"

"My only wish is to stop your wrongdoings! Now surrender peacefully!" The masked hero demanded as he drops the driver.

"Eat lead!!!" The chain gun revs up and spews out a barrage of bullets at its target. The sound of bullet casings hitting the field the streets. Although, the sound of an empty chamber soon took over. The gunner's eyes bulged out to at the sight of his target standing virtually unscathed. Shock and awe gave way to anger as the gunner hoist his weapon above his head, intending to smash his foe. He never got the chance as the masked her slams his fist into the man's jaw.

The police force finally caught up as a news crew rushed to their masked savior. "Astonishing! In the middle of a daring mid-day robbery, a masked human appears out of nowhere and defeated the robbers. Let's see if we can get an exclusive. Excuse me, sir. The world wants to know who is there new savior?"

"No problem, madam. Allow me to introduce myself - I am..." The masked man brings his right arm over his left shoulder as he spreads his feet. "The unmitigated champion of harmony and peace!" He shifts his stance, raising his right and left arm slightly above his head with all his fingers spread out. He bends his right knee in the air while balancing on his left leg. "The bane of evil wherever it may hide!" He spreads out both his arms while rapidly tapping on his toes. Then shifts his stance again as he puts his right hand on the ground with his left arm going straight in the air. Finally, he forms a cross with both arms against his chest. "The protector of the innocent..." The masked hero ends his bizarre induction ritual by making a semi-circle that ends with putting his fingertips over his helmet. "The Great Saiyaman!!!"


[Equestria - School of friendship, Cafeteria - Videl's POV.]



I didn't know what to say. I was sitting with Elisa, Sharpner, and Ozzy in the school's lunchroom. One of the juniors came rushing in - that hippogriff Silverstream - with a mini-view. On-screen was some a robbery in progress in New Eqluland, Prance. Then, all of a sudden, some joker in black and green tights show up and takes the thugs out. Now he was introducing myself as the Great Saiyaman with the lamest stances I've ever seen! I must've been the only one whose mouth hit the floor. Everyone else was acting like he was the coolest thing in both worlds!

"Can you all believe it? A real-life hero here in Equis!" Silverstream exclaimed. So I don't count because I don't wear some stupid get up!

"And he's a human too!" Ocellus said.

"I think this guy needs to have a chat with his tailor!" Gallus said while holding back his laughter. Glad I wasn't the only one.

"He doesn't look that tough. I don't see the big deal," Smolder said with disinterest.

"Yona like him! He smashes bad guys!"

"You think the princesses called him from Earth?" Sandbar asked. "Do you know him, Videl?"

I felt a hot flush of embarrassment hit my face at the remark. "No, I don't. The princesses didn't say anything to me about this clown!"

"Oh~, is someone's jealous? It looks like Great Saiyaman is stealing your thunder," Elisa teased.

"Hardly! If this guy's a hero, then why show up out of the blue? He couldn't be helping out as soon as this crime wave started!"

"It does look like he's showing off for the camera," Ozzy noted.

"Yeah, like straight out of a comic book," Sharpner added.

I nodded in agreement. "This Great Saiyaman is not what I'd call a hero. Why wear the mask? What is he hiding?"

"To protect his secret identity, duh!" Sandbar said. "We should talk to Headmare Twilight. She might know him,"

"Good idea. Let us," I said as I got up and walked away. I could hear several footsteps behind me, but I didn't look back. I wanted answers! As I reached Twilight's office, I couldn't help but think about how familiar the Great Saiyaman felt. Around this same time, I noticed Gohan was still absent. Could he be-- "Ok, Videl, don't be absurd. Regardless, it's just another question for Miss Headmare,"

episode 4: The Tribunal!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes passing by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[School of Friendship - Guidance counselors office - Videl's P.O.V.]



"Why am I here again? I don't need any guidance right now," Seriously, I have more important things to take care of right now.

"You see, Videl. I've been watching you for some time now, and, to put it bluntly, you seem distracted as of late," Starlight said.

"Distracted?"

"You've been putting the majority of your focus on hunting down human criminals. So much so that you fell asleep during Professor Fluttershy's animal anatomy class,"

I felt my body stiffen up after hearing that. There was no shortage of teasing from Elisa this morning. "W-well, fighting crooks is a very physically demanding job! Besides, who doesn't know about animals?"

"I think you'll find that the animals from Equis are vastly different from animals on Earth," I shrugged at the thought. "But that's Fluttershy's expertise. Mine is helping all of the students in this school, human or otherwise,"

I was quiet for a moment as I brought this topic. "That Neighsay guy still wants to cause trouble?"

Starlight gave me a solemn nod. "Unfortunately, Chancellor Neighsay has never been one for feigning threats. There's going to be a tribunal that will affect everything involving humans. The culture, clothes, cuisine, art, music, technological advancements!"

I was catching on as a pit began to form in my stomach. "Geez, does the chancellor want to purge all of humanity or what!?"

"No, but ridding your species presence on Equis may be more his agenda. It's irritating to know that any pony would go to such length to preserve the purity of Equestria,"

"One of his quotes, I bet,"

"The princesses will be present, but it will only be representatives of various nations making a case,"

"Ok, so what's this has to do with me? Other than being banished to the wayside, never to return,"

"Not necessarily. We have friends in high places too. We can make a plea that humans have as much of a right on Equis and vice versa. You and Great Saiyaman just--"

Instantly, a frown came on my face. "Great Saiyaman? What's this about me and that goofball?"

"A big part of Chancellor Neighsay's argument is how detrimental human presence is on Equis. However, given the work both you been doing and the appearance of Great Saiyaman, human criminal activity is declining. We show these statistics and hear from both you and Great Saiyaman. That will drop the issue entirely,"

I sat there for a bit with my frown still on my face. Humans getting banned from this world means that I failed everyone. But, to stand alongside some clown playing dress-up? No way! "I'll go to this stupid tribunal. I'll even bring police reports of all my arrest, but don't lump that poser with me. The Great Saiyaman is no hero!"

Councilor Starlight looked shocked to hear that. "W-what? Why would you think that?"

"What kind of hero runs around in that ridiculous getup? Why hide his face from everyone?"

"Um, to protect his secret identity, like the comic books,"

"I don't see Headmare Twilight or the other professor slipping on spandex for their friendship missions or whatever,"

"Hehe, you'd be surprised. But please try to bear with Great Saiyaman. Underneath that helmet is a good person,"

I narrowed my eyes at that remark. Something about that phrasing sounded too familiar. "You seem to know a lot about Great Saiyaman, almost like you know him,"

"What. No! It's - uh - actions speak louder than words, you know. Oh! Look at the time. I have other students waiting. See you later!"

I was hoisted up in the councilors' magic and placed outside her office. I crossed my arms to my chest and started walking away. Along the way, I bumped into Gohan. "Gohan?"

"Uh, Videl? You need to see the guidance counselor?"

"It's more like she wanted to form me of upcoming events. I hardly need any guidance. I see you're back from another sick day. So how long do we have you for this time?" Gohan's absence has been growing more and more as of late.

"Y-Yeah, I don't know what it is - *cough* - I can't seem to shake these bouts of sickness. Maybe it's the air on this planet, am I right?"

I narrowed my eyes on him. It always feels like Gohan hiding something from us. "You know, a lot of my conversation with Councilor Starlight was about that Neighsay character,"

"Ah, him again. It must've been about that upcoming tribunal,"

"I didn't know you knew about it. What with you gone so much nowadays,"

"Pretty much everyone knows at this point. Chancellor Neighsay isn't subtle about his intentions," He folds his arm as he takes a thoughtful expression. "I hope you and the Great Saiyaman can make a good case for us,"

Gohan flinches as I took an aggressive step towards him. "And how do you know the Great Saiyaman will be there?"

"Oh, uh, Scootaloo told me. You know, my mare friends are junior councilors and all, hehe..."

"Nothing about that Great Saiyaman character makes sense. In fact, how did the school factuality even get in contact with him in the first place!? Are they involved?"

"The school? No way. They're too busy teaching the students,"

I shot Gohan the look my mom used to give my dad. "Expect that six of the teachers in this school are national heroes. One of them is a princess - a person that is responsible for governing and protecting this country. You can't tell me that they would let simply anyone throw some gaudy clothing and do as they please,"

"My costume isn't gaudy..."

"What?"

"Nothing!"

"Hmm, anyway, I think the Great Saiyaman is some magical golem or something. No human on Earth can do what he does!"

"Technically, we're not on Earth--"

I looked up at Gohan to find some odd smile on his face as he said that. "Something funny?"

"N-nothing! But, I know there are some extraordinary people on our planet, like those people that fought Cell seven years back,"

"Don't tell me you fell for that too. Honestly, Gohan, I thought you were smart," I joked as I slapped his back, causing him to stumble. "The only thing real about the Cell games was my father defeating Cell. Everything else is a trick, just like Great Saiyaman. But, this tribunal does present a perfect opportunity. I finally get to meet this clown up close,"

"There you are, Gohan!" A voice called out. I assumed it was one of his mare friends until I saw the owner. Diamond Tiara! The Diamond Tiara. She hooks her arms under Gohan's and nuzzles his cheek. "Come on, Silvie and I got the three of us reservations at the Ponyville Spa,"

"Wait! I thought the junior councilors were your girlfriends. How are you dating two of the country's top supermodels!?" I pointed my finger at the pink mare and Gohan.

Diamond Tiara rolls her eyes at me while she sighs. "The C.M.C., Gohan, Silvie and I were friends since foal hood. We formed the herd together, dated for seven years, plan to get married. Blah, blah, blah. Look, I'm glad I can inspire plain-looking filly-humans like you to be their best, but we're in a hurry. I'll sign whatever dump vanity poster later. Goodbye!"

I was left flabbergasted as that spoiled little rich girl pulls Gohan off for their little spa getaway. I could still hear them talking as they went down the hall. "That was a little harsh, D.T., and Videl isn't one of your fans - I think..."

"Gohan, when you lead the life of a celebrity, you'll learn that everypony wants you for something, fans or not. Besides, she was getting too close to you and taking up my time!"

I felt my right eye twitch as I felt my anger growing steadily. The nerve of her, thinking she could just come in and snatch away Gohan as if he's property. "I don't know what he sees in her!" Honestly, Gohan could do better! I started walking away to meet with Elisa. I made it to her room and slammed open the door.

Elisa jumps back in surprise before calming down to speak. "I know that frown, what's bothering you?"

"I ran into another of Gohan's girlfriends,"

"He has more?"

"Yeah, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon,"

Elisa's hand shot to her mouth as she gasps. "You're kidding! They're the top models in the country right now. I have their Wheattale Wood photo-op poster right here!" I felt my eye twitch again as I saw Diamond and the "Silvie" pose for the camera. Silver Spoon was resting her head on Diamond's lap with her right arm draped over her head. Diamond herself was leaning back, using her arms as support. Both of them had that seductive smirk while the pose brought attention to their chests. "Aw, you're blushing!"

Growling, I snarled at Elisa. "I am not! What do I can about those two hussies!!!"

"I got to admit that Gohan's got game if these two are in his herd," Elisa sighs as she cups her cheeks and closes her eyes. "I hope I can form a herd the same as them. Just think, a line of the hunkiest studs from both worlds~,"

"Keep dreaming, but there's something else that's bothering me..."

"Huh, what's that?"

"She said they've been dating since they were kids, but the junior councilors said they met when the school was doing the screening. You know what that means, don't you?"

Elisa tilts her head to the side in confusion. "Nope, not a clue,"

I pinched the bridge of my nose in frustration. "It means either Gohan is lying about their relationship, or they're all are lying about everything!"

"Oh!" Elisa said in realization. I felt hope start to rise within me. Maybe together we can figure what's happening in this school. Then Elisa said something that dashed those hopes away. "Gohan's dating the entire school faculty!!!"

I stared blankly at Elisa before dropping my head down in exasperation. I could hear Elisa going on a rant about the alleged scandal. She wasn't going to be of any help, but it doesn't matter, I'll get to the bottom of this 'scandal.'


[Canterlot - Day of the Tribunal of Mankind - Third Person POV.]



The day of the tribunal was at hand. All of Equis nation rulers were present for the debate. Several members of the press - both of Equis and Earth - were recording as the event progressed. Videl sat at the bench with her arms crossed. Her index finger tapped against her arm while she kept a neutral expression. Looking around the room, Videl noted that the four princesses sat on the side bench, away from their usual thrones in the center of the room. The nobles of various countries were sitting on the left side. Most of them were neutral, but others shot a glare at the humans present. At the center of the room were the rulers of the many foreign nations in Equis. Standing in front of the tribunal was Chancellor Neighsay. A smarmy, self-assured smile adorning his features. Videl scoffs at the unicorn's arrogance. She wholeheartedly believes that a fight can shift in any manner that you wouldn't expect, and to be a great fighter, you have to adapt to win. Videl stops her internal musing as one of the leaders came forward. She was a hippogriff of high standing due to how vibrant and luscious her fur and feathers shone in the light. The red dorsal fin turned feather gives off a soft radiate hue that was hard to miss. The dress she was wearing was somewhat similar to Celestia's save for the single strap going over her rightsholder with frills traveling down from the center to her waist. The dress itself would often shift from even the most subtle moves, making it seems as though it was flowing in water. This mare was the ruler of Seaquestria: Queen Novo.

'Never seen the hippogriff queen before,' Videl thought as the queen spoke.

"Thank you all for coming to this tribunal. Due to conflict of interests, I, Queen Novo of the hippogriffs and ruler of Seaquestria, shall act as the mediator in place of the princesses of Equestria. Let us begin with the introductions.,"

"King Ironhoof of Minos,"

"Queen Cream Puff of New Equland,"

"Cheif Zomboiyay of Zebrica,"

"King Razor Claw of Griffonstone,"

"Queen Gilda of Griffonstone,"

"Lady Rain Shine of Whisper Village,"

"Dragonlord Ember of the Dragonlands,"

"King Consort Spike of the Dragonlands,"

Queen Novo nods her head as the leaders sat back down. "Thank you, fellow leaders. Now I would like to formally introduce the elected leader of Planet Earth; President Gruff,"

A blue canine in a navy blue suit steps forward in the center. "Thank you for the platform, world leaders of Equis. Hopefully, we can resolve this dilemma post haste,"

Before Queen Novo could continue, Chancellor Neighsay spoke up. "Don't worry yourself too much, Mr. President. It shouldn't take too long to conclude the proceedings today and extradite the human menace from our world. Although, I am curious as to why the humans elected a diamond dog as their ruler. Perhaps they see that a human ruler would fail miserably,"

Gruff took great offense to that statement. "How dare you! I am the president of the world because people recognize my talents and placed their faith in my ability to lead! Even my opponents for the position are outstanding individuals and would've made excellent leaders! I will not stand here and claim that humanity is free from flaws, but I will not allow you to tarnish all that is good on Earth! Furthermore, I am not a Diamond dog, you pompous-"

Before Gruff could finish, a sharp bang of a gavel brought the attention back to Queen Novo. "This debate, like many others, will proceed with professionalism. There will be no personal attacks or insults. The matter at hand is simple; since the construction, Equis has seen change on a global scale,"

President Gruff puffs out his chest in pride. "All thanks to the brilliant minds of Capsule Corporation,"

Neighsay scoffs but remained silent while Queen Novo nods. "If you told me these devices operated with technology and not magic, I would've thrown you into the deepest crevice of the sea," That got a chuckle out of the room. "Now, there is no doubt that the implication of human technology was a boon for the world. But to get the goods, we let in the bad. Various criminal activity committed by humans has spiked, and the powerful tools that have been a boon, are used to plague and menace our world. Every leader here can tell you a story of victimization,"

At that moment, Queen Cream Puff stood up. "Human weaponry has proven to be extremely deadly. Standard armor barely slows down a shot from those rifles. A firefight broke out in front of the national treasury not two weeks ago. My guards fended them off, but not without severe injury,"

Ironhoof stood up next. "My kingdom suffers from raids every so often. The human vandals' attack is bold but also cowardly. A military outpost came under attack about a month ago. However, humans never engaged in close combat, but instead, use long-range weapons from a distance. They're not what I would call warriors - cowards is a more apt description. It wasn't until I arrived with my new weapon in tow that they retreated,"

Gilda scoffs at the tale. "It just shows that without their fancy guns, these humans are wimps. Griffonstone hasn't had any issue with the dweebs,"

A sigh escapes from Razor Claw's beak. "Gilda, you promised to be cordial,"

"I said I wouldn't insult any creature here. The humans don't count as creatures. But it's like I said, Griffonstone doesn't have a primate problem,"

Razor Claw deadpans as he responded. "Only after we incorporated the use of their weaponry for ourselves. We've suffered raids as well the past few months," Gilda crosses her arms as her cheeks turn red with embarrassment.

Lady Rain Shine stood up as well. She gently clears her throat as she spoke in a soft tone. "My village has remained untainted by evildoers. However, we've seen the beings you spoke of near the lake of silence. What they want with the cursed water is something I'm unsure of, but their intention for it is far from good,"

Ember stood up next as she drew everyone's attention. "The dragon lands haven't suffered from raids. So I cannot express any malcontent for the humans,"

"I guess not all fools rush to their deaths," Spike said as he sat with his crossed against his chest. He appeared to be disinterested in the whole affair. "Can we get to the matter at hand here? Ember and I can afford to leave the Dragonlands. I doubt the other rulers can claim the same," Many looked at the king consort in shock at his words, most notably was the four Equestrian princesses,

Queen Novo appeared unimpressed with Spike's comments. "There's much to go over, King consort. For instance, the Storm King - a being I have brought up before - is missing!"

Instantly, Celestia stood, having heard of the up and coming warlord herself. "What do you mean the Storm King is missing?"

Queen Novo gave a sift nod in response. "Indeed. The storm army abandoned nearly all the regions they've occupied and seemingly vanished without a trace. The recent robbery attempt in Manehattan sparked some concern as a soldier of the Storm army was there with them,"

"An alliance, perhaps?" Luna inquires.

Queen Novo went to respond, but Neighsay cut her off. "Do we need any further evidence? The list of crimes goes on and on without any sign of stopping. How many more raids or disappearances must we natives of Equis suffer? Equestria needs not to tolerate neanderthals!" To the princess's dismay, many of the ponies in the room shared Neighsays sentiments.

President Gruff snarls at that remark. "You know something, chancellor. You would've made an excellent politician. The way to twist a situation to your benefit is praiseworthy. However..." President Gruff straightens himself up as he faced the audience. "Can you all deny all the benefits that came with uniting our two worlds? Advancements in medical treatments without the aid of magic, fully functional and reliable means of travel that don't require hot air. Then there is new armament to replace your admittedly antiquated models. Do I need to go any further?''

Neighsay scoffs at Gruff's reminders. "We're having this tribunal because of those same advancements. They are pollution in our real world, and we need to remove all aspects of it!"

"So you aim to tear apart families as well? I wonder how many relationships have formed since the portal's conception?"

"That is something to consider Chancellor," Queen Novo said, chiming into the conversation. "Interspecies relationships have been commonplace well before any human set foot on Equis. We, the governing party, cannot separate families for the actions of others!" Many of those opposing humanity's removal began applauding at that statement.

Chancellor Neighsay adopts an annoyed expression. "Whoever said anything about separating families? Those who would burden themselves with mating with humans can move to Earth,"

"We can't uproot creatures from their homes and send them off-world!" Twilight exclaimed, standing to her full height and flaring her wings while wearing a look of offensive adorning her features. This action gained everyone's attention as the youngest princess smiles sheepishly before sitting back down on her seat.

"Please refrain from any more outburst, Princess Twilight," Queen Novo said before turning back to president gruff. "Mr. President. You've heard the concerns, but have you any solutions?"

President Gruff peaks over his shoulder to Videl before turning back. "I have been in constant contact with the head of Capsule Corp. The Briefs have determined how these unsanctioned weapons are entering through the portal frame,"

"Oh yes, let's hear how the infamous Capsule Corporation shifts the blame to distract from their failure..." A swarm smirk adorns Neighsay features as spoke the next sentence. "Or perhaps their involvement?"

A low growl left President's Gruff's maw as the chancellor flinches. "I assure you, chancellor, there can be no mistaking who these villains are and why this is happening. The culprits are a threat I thought was long since wiped out..." There was a beat of sweat dripping down from the president's brow. The entire room waited as he prepares to relay the shocking news. "The Red Ribbon Army!"

There several murmurs that rang out in confusion save for the Equestrian princesses. Twilight and Cadence features looked alarmed while Celestia and Luna frowned. Neighsay, not realizing the issue, spoke out in ignorance. "What's that? A sewing club?"

"It's worse than that Chancellor," Everyone turned to the solar princess as she wore a grim expression. "As I recall from the historical records of the planet Earth, the Red Ribbon Army was a ruthless terrorist organization. Led by General Red, their forces spanned the globe-- nowhere was safe,"

"I can't even begin to describe the hopelessness we felt fifty years ago..." President Gruff said, his ears splayed against his head. But then, features changed as a ghost of a smile appears on his muzzle. "So imagine my surprise when several factions began crumbling one after another. At first, I believed there was infighting within the chain of command. However, the stragglers we captured all claim that a small child with spiky hair bested them. That notion is outlandish, but we were thankful for the Red Ribbon's defeat. Which brings me back to the matter at hand..." No one notices the coy smiles coming from the Equestrian princesses at the mentioned of the spiky-haired child. "Professor Brief discovered a bug in their systems that allows for weapons to slip through the cracks,"

"So we should blame Capsule Corps incompetents for these attacks?" Neighsay said snippily.

"Make no mistake, chancellor! The Red Ribbon Army has some of the brightest minds on Earth. If anyone were to find a bypass Capsule Corp firewalls. Which is why I am proposing that - with the crime rate at an all-time low - I propose that we suspend travel between our two worlds while Videl heads the investigation,"

"Surely, you jest!" Neighsay stated. "You want a teenager to combat a terrorist organization!? Do you believe this tribunal to be a joke? What merit does this child have besides being her sire? A man who supposedly defeated a bug creature? Even if we accept that as face-value, that is her father's accomplishment, not her own,"

"You haven't been paying much attention outside your little ego," Videl finally spoke, causing Neighsay to snarl. "All human-related crime is down worldwide. Thanks to me going out at every given opportunity. My father isn't just a human. He's the world champion and the strongest man on Earth," Videl frowns before smirking. "What's that old saying? 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree?' Well, when I hit the ground, everyone is going to know it!"

"I like her!" Gilda stated. All the leaders nodded their heads in agreement while the spectators gave her a round of applause.

"Spare me the prodigy child spiel. It hardly matters since you are only one human. While you are in one country, another is under torment!"

"Then it's a good thing she's not alone!!!" A voice called out, prompting everyone to look around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfEEmZae0zo&t=25s

President Gruff looks up into the air and sees a figure garbed in a green tunic and black spandex. "Awrol?" Haid in confusion.

"Greetings, everyone!"

"What the-- Who are you?" Neighsay asked.

The floating man smirks as he lands on the ground and begins his introduction. "I am the champion of peace and harmony. The protector of two worlds. The Great Saiyaman!"

Lady Rain Shine held a look of indifference while King Ironhoof crosses his arms, looking thoroughly unimpressed. Gilda appeared to be holding back her laughter as Razor Claw arches a brow at Great Saiyaman's display. Spike and Ember both wore flat expression with a modicum of disbelief. They both instantly knew it was Gohan from his energy, but they had no idea that he was playing dress-up during his spare time. Both dragons peered to Twilight and the others and spoke telepathically. 'Was this your idea, Twilight?' Spike asked.

'I wanted to enlist Gohan's help for the crime sprees. The costume was all his and Bulma's idea to protect his privacy!'

'And the kooky posing? That is what Gohan wants to represent humans?'

'Hey, I like the costume, and every superhero has to strike a heroic pose!' Gohan cried out indignantly.

'You look like a dork...' Ember stated bluntly.

Back with Videl, her eyes widen as the mystery man stands on the before them. The room went silent after as everyone stares blankly at the masked hero. "You're the Great Saiyaman!?" Videl asked in disbelief. She was hunch over as her left eye twitched from his awkward poses. 'You've got to be kidding me! And what is with those lame poses!? This guy's as cheesy as they come!' She thought.

"Hey, captain weirdo. The power pony convention is in Tottenham!" Gilda called out.

"Gilda!" Razor Claw abolishes.

"My, he is a strapping young fellow, even if he has a poor fashion sense," Queen Cream Puff said. Videl arches a brow at the Equland royalty.

"While his outfit may be ridiculous, who this man is has made me curious," Cheif Zombaiyoy stated.

"This is preposterous!!!" Neighsay exclaimed. "We're at a political debate, not a nightmare night gathering! Remove yourself at once, you imbecile!"

"I'm afraid I can't do that, chancellor. I have an invitation from the princesses right here," Great Saiyaman said, pulling out a scroll. "This matter concerns all of humanity, so I need to be present. If you been following my exploits, then you can agree that many people fall in line with justice,"

"Then this is a publicity stunt orchestrated by Equestrian royalty to save face for the foolish mistake made seven years ago! What else could it be since there is no conceivable way for a human to have your abilities!"

Great Saiyaman throws his head back in laughter. "You'd be quite surprised at what humans could do. I assure you that I am quite real. But if you are more than welcome to issue a test if you want,"

"Well--" Neighsay began, but King Ironhoof's massive form suddenly appeared beside him.

He was adjusting a bracelet on his wrist as he stood before Great Saiyaman. Gohan noted that there was a blue gemstone at the center while intricate runes traveled along with the frame. "Much obliged, I'll think I'll take you up on that offer," The Minos king outstretches his arm beside Great Saiyamn's head. A moment later, a fissure sparked to life in the room. Lightning bolts crackled in the court as everyone shied away from the spectacle. Finally, an object came bursting out of the fissure. The movements were a blur as a large object flew into Ironhoof's hand. A gust of wind nearly knocked everyone down around the Minotaur king, save for the Great Saiyaman. The wind merely causes his cape to flutter.

Gohan notices that the axhead held the same gem and rune design, with the jewel at the hilt and the design itself tracing the surface of the steel. Ironhoof smiles at the fact that this masked hero didn't budge from summoning the Leviathan. The minotaur rule hefts his weapon up and planta it in front of Great Saiyaman. The room surprisingly made the room rattle upon impact. Ironhoof steps back and gestures the Great Saiyaman. Gohan understood the implications instantly. Gohan sends back a smirk of his own. The Great Saiyaman went up to the weapon and grabbed at the hilt. In an instant, Gohan felt a tremendous force bare down on him. Everyone gasps as spiderweb cracks shot through the floor. However, to the shock of everyone save for those who knew of Gohan's prowess. With one hand, Gohan lifts the ax and returns it to the Minotaur king.

"I believe this is yours, King Ironhoof,"

"Pfft. Waste of time," Spike mutters.

A broad smile fills Ironhoof features. "You know, that force you felt restricts your movements. A failsafe to prevent theft,"

"What's so special about this ax?" PResident Gruff asks.

"A family heirloom once used to slew a giant beast. Now, we use it to measure the strength of every firstborn bull of my line," King Ironhoof hoist the weapon over his shoulder as he returns to his seat. "I like this one!" He gestures to Great Saiyaman. "The kingdom of Mino's rule in favor of the humans staying on Equis!"

Chancellor Neighsay made no effort to hide rolling his eyes. "Of course the brute side with the other brutes-"

"--The kingdom of New Equland rules in favor of humans," Queen Cream Puff suddenly said.

"W-what?" Neighsay asked in disbelief.

"I've seen the video, heard the stories, and read the statistics. Human criminal activity is down across the world. Plus..." The queen of Equland made a show of flicking her mane while giving Great Saiyaman bedroom eyes. "I'd be a shame to banish all these handsome stallions~,"

'Urgh!' Videl blanches internally.

"You may be a mystery, but there is mistaking the air of familiarity. However, despite our interest, we must confess..." Chief Zomboyay pauses.

'That pregnant pause in the chief's voice did not inspire confidence...' Gohan thought.

"The attacks on our land are sporadic, the targets hit are nomadic. We wish to prevent more harm to the land, sp with great regret, we must support the ban,"

Several gasps rang out as the chief closes his eyes. The chancellor, however, grew a smug tone. "It's about time some equine exhibited common sense!"

"We agree to a temporary ban, to sort out those with nervous plans. It's a decision not born of hate, but to one that implores us to wait,"

The chief's response barely seems to deter Neighsay's mood. "Oh yes, it could take months - possibly years - to root out those dastardly Red Ribbons,"

"The Kirin's of Whisper Villiage chooses to abstain," Lady Rain Shine stated softly, much to everyone's shock.

"May I ask why, m'lady?" President Gruff inquired.

"We do not seek to remove creatures from there homes, but we can't ignore the potential for harm. We merely wish to live as we have, unimpeded,"

The Great Saiyaman nods his head. "That is a fair assessment, M'lady,"

Several murmurs of worry went off as Twilight breathes a sigh of relief. 'This is good. There are two votes in our favor, and two votes for chancellor. Queen Novo is only concerned about the storm trooper's appearance in Manehattan. And, so far, humans have no direct link to the disappearances. We got this!' Twilight thought, broadcasting her thoughts again.

'Never count on a promised vote, Twilight. It is one of the surest ways for a politician to meet with disappointment," Celestia thought sagely.

'Yeah, but I think that's not te the case here,' Gohan thought.

'Then I'm afraid I'm going to have to prove the Solar princess right,' Ember chimed in on the internal conversation. Gohan and the princesses looked over to Dragonlord Ember in confusion as the light blue dragon stood up. "The Dragonlands abstain from casting a vote," And just as quickly, Ember sat back down in her seat.

This action did not sit well with the youngest pony princess. 'You're abstaining!? Why!?!?'

'The dragons don't care one way or another about the humans, so let's leave it at that,' Spike answers, leaving Twilight aghast at his noncommittal response.

'Spike! You can't mean that. Why not just vote along with us?'

'It's more complicated than that, Twilight,' Ember said. 'Hatchling season is starting soon, and I can't risk drawing any attention to the Dragonlands. By abstaining, no one will bother us,'

'You made it seem as though any creature that carelessly trifles with the dragons will meet a grizzly end,' Luna reminded.

Ember couldn't help but glare at her. But Spike merely shrugs her off. 'It was another ploy to ward off any ideas. If you get a hatchling to imprint on you, then you get a loyal dragon for life. Imagine what harm full-grown dragons with human weapons could do,'

'We understand Ember. Maybe it won't be so bad. Queen Novo hasn't given her vote yet,' Cadance thought hopefully.

"It appears we have a tie vote. With two abstains, two approving, and two against, it falls to the hippogriffs to decide the fate of human residency on planet Equis. A moment please..." Queen Novo closes her eyes as the peril around her neck glows. The room was dead silent as Queen Novo sat perfectly still. A moment later, the glow stops, and she opens her eyes. "The kingdom of Seaquestria votes in favor of humanity's stay on Equis," The room quickly erupted into cheers and jeers at this decision.

"This is outrageous!!!" Chancellor Neighsay bellowed. "You can't allow these violent, law-breaking, savages run rampant on our world!"

"As stated before, not all of the humans are violent. And don't preach that ponies or anywhere else does not have bad examples. King Sombra, Nightmare Radiance, Nightmare Moon. And those are only the known examples. Who knows how many others are there," Queen Novo sent an apologetic glance toward Princess Luna. The princess of the night nods in response. However, Queen Novo's words did not quell the growing dissenters.

"I demand a retrial!!!"

"This tribunal is a shame!"

"Make the abstainers vote!!!"

"Hey, the vote was fair!

"You can't force good people to leave!

"How about you try and make us leave yourselves!!!"

The crowd was growing more and more restless. Videl jumps in front of the president to shield him. "Get behind me, Mr. President!"

Gohan watches on in silence while shaking his head. He slowly walks toward the hall's center, then, a deep breath. "HOOOOOAAAA!!!" Instantly, his aura flares to life, whipping his red cape in the air. Twilight was quick to summon a shield around the leaders and the crowd. The castle itself was shaking from the force Gohan was producing. After a minute of this, Gohan stops flexing his power. Twilight drops the shield and everyone, save for the princesses and the dragons, look at him in shock.

''W-what?" Videl whispered.

"I cannot promise that closing the portal or leaving it be will help matters. I cannot assure you that meeting new people will not come with risks. What I can promise you is that I will never allow any evildoers to harm either world. I believe there is goodness in everyone, no matter who they are or where they reside. So long as we value friendship and harmony above all else, then all of us can be heroes. So Says I; The Great Saiyaman!!!"

The room was quiet again for a time until the sound of clapping went off. Everyone turns to their left to see Twilight standing and applauding. Celestia, Luna, and Cadence soon followed her example while, one at a time, the other leaders joined in as well. The room erupted in applause as The Chancellor seethes. He activated his medallion and left through the portal. The day had gone in favor of humanity as a whole, and Gohan couldn't help feeling proud. President Gruff walks up to the Great Saiyaman and shakes his hand. "Thank you, Great Saiyaman. Are you my campaign manager in disguise?" Gruff whispers.

"I'm afraid I can't disclose that information,"

As the two share a laugh, Videl silently glares at the Great Saiyaman with suspicion. 'What the heck was that? It's like standing in the middle of twister! And where that earthquake came from anyway? I-Is this guy legit, or was that a fancy trick...?'

Videl scrutiny sharpens as Great Saiyan approaches her. He held out his hand for a shake. "Looks like we're partners now, Ms. Videl,"

'Six feet, seven inches. This guy's jawline reminds me of someone, and I know I heard his voice before,' Videl takes Great Saiyaman's hand and gives him a firm shake. "Believe me; I'm looking forward to getting to know you, partner!" She said with a smirk.

episode 5: Leads!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Cutie Mark Crusaders Clubhouse - Third Person POV.]



"You're going back to Earth!?!?!" The girl all shouted.

Gohan rubs his head sheepishly as he responded. "The Great Saiyaman needs to start hunting down the Red Ribbon Army. I'm leaving tomorrow. The tribunal issued orders to cease all travel between our worlds. Humans have made a life here. We won't force to leave,"

"You're going up against an army? Is that safe?" Silver Spoon asks in concern. The rest of the girls sends her a flat stare. "I-I mean, for Videl, will it be safe for Videl?"

"Who cares about her!?" Diamond said in a huff. "I don't like the idea of you stying away from me - I mean - the herd for Celestia knows how long!"

"It's fine. Videl can take care of herself. I doubt the Red Ribbon Army is back to full strength anyways," Gohan said.

"Won't the students notice you be gone?" Sweetie stated.

"Yeah, if you disappear at the same time as the Great Saiyaman, then somepony is bound to notice," Scootaloo said.

"It ain't hard to put two and two together. I reckon a lot of the student body is gettin' wise to your admittance at the school," Applebloom noted.

"Actually. Pinkie said that the girls were handling that little detail," Gohan said.

"What do you think she's talking about anyway?" Sweetie Belle asks.


[Pinkie Pie's party cave.]



"Are you sure we have to do this? It takes forever to get my hair this long," Yamcha complained.

"Hold on, just one more snip..." Pinkie replied as she finished cutting another lock from his hair. "Perfect!!!" The party mare back off of the disgruntled human as she pulls a mirror from her mane. "Here, take I look, I should consider moonlighting as a barber!"

Yamcha squinks his eyes as he flicks his hair. Pinkie managed to copy Gohan's hairstyle to the exact strand. "That's amazing, Pinkie. I look like Gohan!"

"That's the idea. Now to hide those scars..." Applying the make-up, Pinkie covered up all of Yamcha's facial scars. "Now all we need to do is schedule bleaching at the spa and, presto0change-o, we have an instant Gohan stunt double. Fair warning, though, it's not in your contact to flirt with the other actors!"

"Wait! I thought you needed me for a play or something. I can't fill in for Gohan at school! I hate school! Why do you think I became the desert wolf bandit!"

"Because you had zero charisma as a kid and you tried to ask out the prettiest girl to the dance only to get rejected. Unable to handle the sham, you left society, never to be seen again. You later resurfaced as the Desert wolf bandit, with a completely new self-image and self-worth. But your rejection at a young age still haunts you, and that's why you wanted Shenron to give you a girlfriend. That way, you could show her off to all those who teased you for not living up to their shallow standard. This mindset is also detrimental and easily manipulated. That's why it was hard for you to get over Chrysalis because you'd do anything to keep a hot girlfriend, even degrade yourself," Pinkie ended her critical rant with a wide smile.

"...Oh..." Yamcha lamented.

Pinkie went over gave Yamcha a comforting hug. "Aw, don't be sad. Think of it this way; this moment is the most relevant you've been both in and outside the main canon. You don't want to end up like Chaoztsu. And Launch - Pfft - forget about it," Yamcha was about to ask what she meant by that, but Pinkie continued. "Anywho-- we need to get to the spa, but before that, let's fix that voice of yours, stand up for me and cover your eyes,"

"Uh, ok..." Yamcha complied and covered his eyes.

"Now don't move ok..." Yamcha could hear Pinkie shuffle something around, along with some clanking. "Alright, all set. Now, you're going to feel a stinging sensation in the groin, but we'll pick up some ice on the way,"

"Huh?" Yamcha moves his hand away to see Pinkie rear her left foot back until it's was high in the air. The gleam from the steel-hoof boot Pinkie was wearing filled him with dread. Then, she brings her leg down and launches it forward between his legs.


Applebloom's ears twitch in the direction of Ponyville. She looks over to the town and sees several birds flying overhead, followed by a distant squeal. "Y'all hear something?"

"Kind of, it sounded like a little filly shrieking," Scootaloo said.

"It doesn't matter," Diamond said as she crosses her arms. "What does matter is that none of us can go see you or visit the Earth,"

"That's right. We need to plan a date there. It's been a while since we've spoken with your mother," Sweetie said.

"Yeah, I want to meet your little brother from those pictures you showed us," Scootaloo chuckles as she shakes her head. "I can't believe how much he takes after Goku,"

"Once this whole thing blows over, I'm sure mom and Goten will be happy to see you all," Gohan said with a smile.

"Still, we can't trust leaving you alone with Videl," Diamond Tiara practically leered.

"You honestly think she interested me?" Gohan asks. "I think she more interested in exposing some big conspiracy. That, and fight Great Saiyaman,"

"Exactly. One way or the other, she wants something from you. We can't trust her to do her duty when's she fixated on both aspects of your life," Silver Spoon argued.

"I think you girls might be blowing this a little out of proportion," Gohan replies.

Diamond and Silver Spoon sigh as Sweetie pats Gohan's head. "It's ok, Gohan. One day you'll learn how a mare's mind works,"

"Wouldn't it be a woman's mind since she's human?' Applebloom reminded.

"Eh, same thing. Besides, I'll keep you safe and sound," Scootaloo said with a puff of her chest.

"Uh, what--" Gohan began, but Scootaloo continued.

"So we're heading to Earth tomorrow. Should I pack anything?"

"I don't-"

"You're right. It shouldn't take too long to hunt down these Red Ribbon goons. My Gi is plenty,"

"But what about my---"

"Your secret? I don't know Great Saiyaman, and Videl doesn't know I know who he is, you know,"

Gohan sighs in resignation as there was no changing her mind. 'Bullheaded. Just like Rainbow...' He smiles at his lead mare as he spoke. "Glad to have you along,"


[The Next Day - Capsule Corporation.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5WoyMdwZjQ&list=PLmuX-LlB3pEiLa7E7bTjyvEJCMDOudVfd&index=38

The portal frame glowed brightly as Scootaloo, Videl, and the Great Saiyaman stepped through it. The orange pegasus looks around in wonder, being that this was her first time on Earth. "Why are you here again?" Videl asks.

"The princesses thought that there should be someone representing Equis. We can't let some jerks think they can push us around! And what better pony than the E.A.T. champ!!!" Scootaloo proudly stated.

Videl rolls her eye as a new woman approaches them. She had long spiky - yet well-groom brown hair - that traveled down to her lower back. Videl quirks a brow at her shirt as it was a large plaid design that alternated from red and blue. She also wore long black stockings and a white lab coat. The mystery woman graces the new arrivals with a soft smirk as she adjusts her glasses. She rests her right elbow over her left forearm while tapping her. Slowly, she walks up to the trio, eyeing the Great Saiyaman specifically.

"So these are the two heroes that come from Equis. I heard quite a few things about you, Mr. Great Saiyaman. You appear to be human, but if the reports are true, you are well above the norm. It's fascinating. I'd love a chance to dissect you and learn what makes you tick,"

Gohan straightens up as he replies. "Thank you, madam, but I must decline your offer. There is work do, after all,"

Turning to Scootaloo, the woman gasps. "And you're the E.A.T. champ I've heard about in the news feeds. I wasn't expecting a pony to come as well,"

"Orders by the princesses. You know how it goes. Always nice to meet a fan, though," Scootaloo said.

"Hm...!" Videl let out an annoyed growl.

The woman smiles at the disgruntled teen in good nature. "Relax. Your reputation proceeds you as well, Miss Videl. Daughter of the current martial arts champion and hero of Hercule city. Not many can make those claims,"

"You know who we are, but who are you?" Videl asks, taking an aggressive step forward.

The woman hums into consideration before speaking. ". Despite how quiet it is now, you never know who might be listening. For now, Dr. Gera will suffice. Now follow me while I update you on our progress,"

As the group walked, Gohan looks around the halls. "This facility seems to be lacking any personal. Where are they at the moment?"

Scootaloo shot her colt friend a blank look. 'Do you have to talk like that the whole time? It starting to sound lame,' She said telepathically.

'Hey! It's not lame! I think I sound very heroic, plus, it doesn't raise any suspicions,' Gohan replied indignantly.

"Bulma called all the staff together to address the security issues for obvious reasons. I was getting my notes together when she asked me to wait for you three," Dr. Gera said.

"Can you tell anything about this spy's motive? Has anything other than espionage happened? Anyone hurt?" Videl asks.

"There are no reports of anyone on this side of the portal getting hurt. Whoever this spy is, they seem to be interested in establishing a foothold on Equis. The new restrictions put our little saboteur at a disadvantage. They won't make a move without tipping their hand. This lull in the action is the opportunity you both need to find their base of operations,"

"I'm assuming you have a few leads to start?" Great Saiyaman asks.

"Yeah, the sooner we nail these chumps, the better!" Scootaloo said.

"I do. Not many know this, but the Red Ribbon had many secret laboratories scattered across the globe. I have reason to suspect that the Red Ribbon Army is using one of them as a base of operations," The trio enters a small room with a desk and computer. Dr. Gera goes over to the computer and begins typing. She turns the screen to Videl and Great Saiyaman. "What does this image look like to you?"





"Um, a metal fishbowl...?" Scootaloo suggests weakly.

"What is that?" Videl asks.

"Hmm, unless I miss my guess, this photograph dictates a supercomputer. The dome on top is the motherboard, or brain if you will," The masked hero stated.

"Correct. But, more specifically, this is a fully automatic replica of Dr. Gero's mind," Dr. Gera said. Gohan was thankful his helmet hid his eyes going wide. "A few years ago, Ms. Bulma found the schematic to a superweapon that the doctor was building. But Dr. Gero was well past his prime, so he programmed a computer to house his Brillant mind in the event of his death,"

"Who is Dr. Gero, and what does he have to do with the Red Ribbon Army?" Videl inquires.

"He was the leading scientist in the R&D department. If General Red was the muscle, then he was undoubtedly the mind,"

"Evil egghead got it!" Scootaloo said curtly.

"I have reason to believe that this computer is still operational. If this new Red Ribbon has slowly established itself, then the computer has intel on them. The problem is finding the whereabouts. But I may have an idea," Dr. Gera stands up while fixing watch to her wrist. "This device should help us locate secret laboratories, in theory anyway,"

"In theory?" Videl asks.

"We need a starting point. Thankfully, I know a location to one lab in North City. We should move now while there's still daylight,"

"You're coming with us?"

"It would take to long to explain over the phone,"

"I see no problem with that. Just be sure to stand back at the first sign of trouble. You never know what surprises the late doctor has left behind," Great Saiyaman stated.

The group then ventured outside the building as Dr. Gera pulls out a capsule case. She throws the capsule to the ground, and a plane appears. Videl and Gera step inside while Scootaloo and Great Saiyaman hover in the air. "If we hurry, we can reach the location before nightfall. Follow me!" Great Saiyaman said.

The Great Saiyaman shot off as Scootaloo, and the two humans follow. Meanwhile, Bulma comes through the door with a coffee in her hand. She looks to the portal frame that was still active. She takes a sip as she looks at the time. "It's already ten after one. Gohan should've been on this side of the portal by now. Hmm, I'll give him after more minutes before contacting him," She lets out a yawn as she exits the room. "I guess I should do another security check,"


[South City - Mountain Valley - Scootaloo POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCwssuy6aMo&list=PLB0E958273C6C2487&index=9

We've been flying for a few hours now. But only because Gohan was taking his take so that clunker could keep up. Gohan flew down to this mountain formation next to someplace called South City. And humans say pony cities names have no creativity, pfft. Anyway, here we are, standing in a barren rock field, doing nothing. "So, what are you looking for exactly?"

"Particles," I arched my eyebrows at that. "Sorry. Dr. Gero used specific isotope to mark his laboratories. It's also the reason no one's ever found them. They provided the perfect cover to block any tracking equipment. Quite ingenious. But someone destroyed this lab and scattered the isotopes. However, the good doctor always had a lower level to his labs,"

I couldn't help but frown as I turned to Gohan and spoke with my thoughts. 'So we're at a secret lab looking for a secret basement for an evil egghead. When did we step into a comic book?'

'I wouldn't say that...'

'You're dress as a Super Hero, Mr. Great Saiyaman,'

'Well, you got me there...'

"Here it is, right here!" Dr. Gera exclaims. She was standing in front of a huge boulder. "This boulder is blocking the passage to the lower level. Would the Great Saiyaman display his talents for us?"

I couldn't help but notice that her tone was a little too friendly. Don't get me wrong; I'm not worried about her stealing my stallion. She's way too old. And Gohan's got five sexy mares to himself. Why would he be interested in one old hag? Sure. She's smarting than all of us put together, but we snagged Gohan first. Narrowing my eyes on her, Gohan got to work moving the boulder with ease. I glance toward Videl, seeing her glaring at the woman was weird. Maybe she was a spy or something. I wouldn't put it past any human these days. I shouldn't think like that. Otherwise, I'll be proving the chancellor jerk right. Under the boulder was a ladder and not much else. The lab looks like Celestia went supernova in here. That supercomputer Gohan mentioned was in pieces. I doubt even Bulma could fix it. Looking at Dr. Gera, I could tell she's not happy.

"Tch. There's nothing of use here..." I heard her mutter. She sounded disappointed and frustrated at our discovery. If that's not a clue for trouble, then I'll hang up my wings for good.

"What was that?" Videl asked before I could. I smiled at that. Now we'll know if this doctor is up to no good.

"I said there's nothing of use here. We could've repurposed this lab to help so many people instead of hurting them. It could've been better," Dr. Gera said solemnly. Well, now I feel like a flank hole. It's a good thing my don't work. "It doesn't matter. I'm picking up the isotope readings. I can find the nearest laboratory with the sample I have now," There was a series of beeping before a circle appears over a graph. "Hmm, the next lab is near the arctic wastes by North City,"

"Wonderful, I forgot to pack my snow gear," Videl said dryly.

"You could always head back home. I know how the cold effects frail, human skin. Score one fur!" I couldn't resist annoying Videl, sue me.

That taunt got the response I wanted as Videl gritted her teeth. "The cold doesn't bother me one bit, furball!!"

I dropped my smile at that. "Who you calling furball!?"

"Relax, ladies. The vehicle is well insulated. There's no need for any strife," Gohan said.

Unfortunately for my colt friend, neither of us needed a referee. "Stay out of this!!!" We both said, making Gohan flinch.

As everyone climbed back up the ladder, something caught my eye. It was a metal tube that looked like it was holding something. At the center was something I didn't recognize. I think it was a creature of some kind, but the thing was extra crispy. There was something else bothering me too. I felt a cold chill run up my spine. It was as if this thing was dangerous despite being dead. Now I seen enough movies to know that you do not want to be the last one standing in a creepy place is a death sentence. So I flew up the ladder, and we went to the new lab.


[A few hours later - Dr. Gero Secert Lab No. 2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRharPDS1I8&list=PLB0E958273C6C2487&index=11

"This is perfect!!!!" Dr. Gera exclaims. "This laboratory is completely intact. Give me a moment while I access the mainframe,"

Videl did decide to come with us. That girl could match Applebloom in stubbornness. Dr. Gera got to work, typing away on the keyboard. The lights on the supercomputer thingy started flashing while Gohan and Videl walk around the room. I hovered in the air, bored out of my mind. I thought coming to Earth would be more exciting. Boy, was I wrong? I wish something cool would happen right about now.

"What!? Are you sure?" Gohan suddenly shouted. He was holding his left hand to his helmet.

"What's wrong with you all of a sudden?" Videl asks.

"Great Saiyaman?" I asked.

Gohan said nothing as he turns to Dr. Gera, his cape flaps from how swift he moved. Even without that lame helmet, I could tell Gohan's eyes were honing in on the doctor. Videl and I each flanked his side as we watched. Dr. Gear didn't seem to notice his approach and kept typing. "I received a new call from the C.E.O. of Capsule Corporation. It would appear as though that there was not a security detail meeting,"

"What?" Videl said in disbelief.

"There wasn't a meeting?" I asked as he nods. I felt my body tense up. Why did the lab feel colder all of a sudden?

"..." Dr. Gera aid nothing.

"What's more is the fact that Bulma said she was expecting our arrival much earlier. That means that someone has tampered with the system to get us to arrive at a specific time,"

"..." Gera stayed quiet. The only sound was her typing on the computer.

Gohan frown deepens as he took a step closer. Videl was quick on the uptake and took a combat stance. "You're the spy, huh? What's the real reason you got us here!?"

Gera finally stops typing as she looks at us. The smile she had earlier never left her face. "I believe I already told you. It's for the good of everyone,"

"When the Red Ribbon Army controls everything, right?" Gohan seethes.

This lady had the nerve to nod like it was nothing. "It's a shame Bulma caught on, but I knew she would eventually. It doesn't matter. I got what I needed from her. Now we must part ways,"

"How are you going to do that? You're' outnumbered!" I said.

Gera taps her chin while tilting her head. "Hmm, that is true. Let's fix that. Computer! Activate chambers thirteen through fifteen,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwC9_kMY_Wk&list=PL02B4p_UBbb0Rjk7fpBg39d4PHFQLf8u9&index=3

There was the sound of steam hissing as three metal doors came into view. They all had the numbers 13, 14, and 15 stamped on them. The doors slip open, and three pairs of glowing red eyes glared at us. Instinctively, all of us went back to back. Gera crosses her arms against her stomach as a sadistic grin replaces the fake smile she was wearing. One of the new creeps steps out of the shadow. He was wearing a yellow spender vest attached to green pants. A red ribbon rested over his left side as a long grey mane drapes over his shoulders. This new guy was busy dusting off a bold and dark blue cap with the same red ribbon stamp on it. He looked at us and spoke in a southern accent that I'm sure Applebloom would cringe at if she was here.

"Well, well, where are my manners? You'll excuse the mess, won't you? It's been quite some time since we had guests around these parts..." The man steps fully out of the shadows, and I had to hold back barf. His left eye had no skin over it. But instead of flesh and bone, it was metal and wires.



[This image as an example.]


"Hehe, Name's Android 13. Welcome to our humble abode,"

Gohan instantly flares his aura as he took a combat stance. He gritted his teeth as he snarls at the android. "This fight could be trouble...!"

episode 6: Cold Front!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Capsule Corporation - Earlier that day - Bulma's POV.]



I sat at my father's desk, going over everything I learned about the planted chip. My father was with me, looking as exasperated and annoyed as I am right now. I bit my thumb in frustration at my carelessness. On the desk was a computer with Dr. Gera's face on the screen. Urgh! I wouldn't have thought anything of that smile beforehand. Now it's like she's mocking me, knowing I would find out about her plans and still proceeding without a care in the world. There's was no other information available besides her name and photo. It as though she appeared out of thin air!

"It's quite the conundrum, isn't it?" Dad said.

"It's an embarrassment!" I huffed out. "We have the best security system on Earth, yet a spy slips right under our noses!"

"To be fair, we're not dealing with an ordinary spy. This woman is a genius. She might be on par with you, dear,"

I let out a sigh as I slump in the chair. "You're right. Why didn't I see it before? Masking unregistered weapons weren't the chips only function. It was a complete trojan horse! It allowed our new 'employee' free reign of everything on Capsule Corps severs. She walked around here as if she was shrouded in a cloak. The camera's never picked her up in a video!"

"Not only that, but this chip gave Dr. Gera complete access to our network. Mountains of sensitive data, schematics, and projects all exposed to her. The damage she could do is instrumental, but so far, there hasn't been any development save for the weapons on Equis. What's her endgame?"

"That is peculiar indeed," My dad said, rubbing his bread. "If she made the chip - which I have no doubts - why'd we discover it?"

"I was picking up a strange transmission from the console where we found the chip. But something feels off about the discovery. With the master lever sonification that is the chip itself, there is no way anyone would find it on the pure chance!"

"Then finding the chip was intentional,"

"Exactly! She could've stayed under the radar indefinitely! She could've made schedule changes to ensure we'd never meet in person. She could've destroyed Capsule Corp from the inside out, yet she didn't. That tells me Gera has another plan in mind..." I sucked my teeth as I turned off the computer. I couldn't stand the thought of being made the fool so spectacularly!

"Hmm, so now the question becomes 'what did she find that made her abandon all the possibilities' you mentioned,"

"Good question..." I thought about it for sometime before I remembered something dire. I stood up in alarm as I slapped my hands to the desk. "Gohan!!!" I opened my communicator and called Gohan. Sure enough, he was already here on the Earth. "Gohan, listen to me! Don't trust Dr. Gera! She's the spy we're after all along!!!!"


[Present time - Videl's POV.]



"Fourteen, Fifteen! Get on out here and say hello to our guests," Thirteen orders.

I was standing by Great Saiyaman and Scootaloo as this man, or android smirks at us. From the shadows behind us, two more these things pop up. One was as pale as the snow outside the lab while taller than all of us. And the other was short and purple. The grey one had a long black ponytail and green kilt, while the short guy had a yellow jacket with blue pants. He pulls out a flask to drink from it. Sparks seem to burst out of his body as the liquid settles. All these android show signs of damage. The pale one was missing its mouth, leaving its metal teeth exposed while the short one was missing its scalp.

Looking back at Gera, she seemed disappointed. "Hmm, I was hoping you'd be in better condition. There must've been a malfunction in the containment units. It doesn't matter. Androids 13,14, and 15; occupy our guest if you please,"

That didn't sound good. However, instead of attacking us, Android 13 frowns at the doctor. "Now hold on little missy, Ya got the wrong idea. The boys and I got our marching orders and first on the itinerary: the death of Son Goku!"

I had no idea who that was, but that got a reaction out of Great Saiyaman and Scootaloo. The former gritted his teeth while was sending death glares at the robot. Before I could ask what was up, Gera spoke again. "Son Goku has been dead for seven years now. The Red Ribbon has a new leader, and you're Red Ribbon property!" Gera adjusts her glasses as she crosses her arms. "New administrator voice activation. Serial number: 26/4/1989. Execute the approval process!"

The android's eyes flashed bright red several times before stopping. "Approval code accepted. State new directive,"

That wicked smile came back in full force as she looked our way. "I want you all to know that there are no hard feelings. But I can't have any interference at this juncture," She pauses as she looks at the E.A.T. champ and the masked hero. "It's a shame. I wanted the chance to study your abilities some more. Sadly, all you will be now is an afterthought. Carry on, 13,"

"Welp, them's the breaks, kiddies. Come on boys, let's show the pipsqueaks some of our brand of hospitality,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbtBqrJAsAE&list=PLmuX-LlB3pEiLa7E7bTjyvEJCMDOudVfd&index=3

I charged forward despite the shocked gasp from my partners. I was sick of being brushed off. I reared my left leg back and slammed it into the tin redneck's face. I regretted my attack pretty quickly when a sharp pain shot through my leg. I pulled it back, wincing at the bruise. But I didn't let that stop me. I threw several punches into his face and torso, but every hit felt like I was fighting a vault door! I couldn't bite back the pain anymore as my hands started to tremble. My knuckles were red and swollen, almost to the point of bleeding. And this guy just stood there as nothing happened! He held out his hand, and I felt my back hit the opposite wall. I felt the air leave my body as I tried to get my bearings. What did he do?

"Heh, you seem to be counting your chickens before they hatch, girly," The android said. I pushed myself up to glare at the hunk of metal, but my anger faded away when I saw a bright red ball appear in his hand. What was going on here!? "Now, why don't you stay in time out permanently!"

I could feel the heat coming off this thing as it got closer. I tried to move, but my body wasn't listening. I brought up my hand to protect myself, but then, an orange blur came into view. The red ball of heat crashes through the ceiling and explodes. The lab shook from the blast as everyone disappeared right in front of me. More explosion went off outside the above me. The only person I could see was Dr. Gera. She was staring through the ceiling with that same irritating smile on her face. I finally got to an upright position - wasn't easy due to the injuries and shockwaves - and faced her.

"You'd be better off staying down, you know," She said without looking at me.

"What did you do!? Where is everyone!?

"Surely, you're not that blind," Gera finally looks at me with a blank expression. She pointed upwards to the hole in the roof. "They're up there,"

"I'm not in the mood for any tricks!!!"

Gera looks at me in confusion before she started laughing. "Ahahaha! Please don't tell you bought into the same delusions as everyone else! I guess the old saying is true; Like father, like daughter,"

I forgot all my injuries and sprinted toward this hussy! "RAAWWR!!!!!"


[Third Person POV.]



Gohan and Scootaloo were back to back as the three androids circled them. The artificial humans held out their hands, firing a barrage of energy blasts. The attack seemed airtight as the duo deflect the endless onslaught. Gohan grits his teeth as Scootaloo watches for an opening. The deadly carousel of doom pauses for a moment as Android 15 sparks again. Scootaloo acted, and blasted the pint-size droid back, creating some breathing room. Not missing a beat, Scootaloo rams Android 14 in the torso with a knee strike. The burly automation barley registers the blow and wraps his massive arms around Scootaloo's frame. The android dives toward the ground with the pegasus in tow. Gohan saw android 15 rejoin the fray, forcing to take his eyes off his opponent. Android 13 responds by grabbing Gohan's flowing red cape. He tugs on the clothing and pulls Gohan into a full nelson. Gohan thrashes about - trying to create some separation - but 13 only tightens his grip.

"That's some kooky get up you got on, partner. Is it Halloween already?"

"Grr! Let go!!!"

"Can't do that, I'm afraid. Why don't you stay for a spell while the boys take that pony out to pasture? Besides, you should worry about your wellbeing, 15, give our friend her a nice tenderizing,"

Android 15 floats over and gives Gohan a coy smile. The masked Saiyan snarls at his stocky enemy as the android rears his left arm back and thrust. The impact cracks Gohan's visor as his head flings backward. The android drives a left hook into Gohan's stomach, forcing to hunch over. He did get much of a reprieve as 13 knees him in the kidney. Gohan couldn't scream as 15 scores an uppercut to his chin, knock his helmet off. The two death bots begin laying into Gohan with a furious assault from the front and back. Gohan looks back down to see Scootaloo in dire straights. Android 14 was currently squeezing the life out of his mare friend. The orange pegasus was doing everything she could to break free, launching several fists and elbows to the face of the humanoid. !4 merely stares back at Scootaloo with blankly, his missing jaw made the experience more unnerving.

"Hey, man, put the squeeze on her," 15 suggested.

The android applied more pressure to his grip. Scootaloo started screaming from the while Gohan's rage boils over. "HAAAAH!!!" Electricity dances around Gohan's body within his golden aura as his shimmering her becomes sharper in tone. The sudden influx of power broke Android 13's grapple. Gohan slams his elbow into 13's cheek, making reel back in pain. He follows up by spin the android into 15 as he charges to Scootaloo. 14 notices his approach and attempts to shoot Gohan down with two beams from its eyes. The attack pieces Gohan's after image as the ascended Saiyan slams his boot into 14's face. Scootaloo takes several gasps of breath as she returns to a vertical base. "You okay?" Gohan asked, not taking his eyes off the androids as they regroup.

"Just some broken ribs, nothing to worry about, Gohan," Scootaloo wheezed out. She pulls out a small brown bag from her Gi. Scootaloo eats a Senzu bean as Gohan spares her a glance.

"You better let me hand this,"

"What? You think I can't hack it?"

"This fight isn't a game, Scoots! These androids are strong enough to fight my dad - even as a Super Saiyan - You can't beat them!"

Scootaloo blows her mane out of eyes before widening her stance. "Hmph. So they're as strong as a Super Saiyan? I can match that!"

Gohan's eyes widen a little as Scootaloo's Ki surges upwards. "Wha--"

"Maximum KIAO KEN!!! The Kiao ken aura flares to life like never before. Spider web cracks shot out for miles as a sudden gale of winds descended the surrounding area. The androids where all pushed back - even Gohan had to brace himself - from this display of power. Scootaloo veins became visible on her muzzle, arm, and abdomen. Her muscles bulge and tighten - becoming more defined - as her features took on a crimson red hue. She bares her teeth from the intensity before casting a smirk at Gohan, and then to the Androids. "I haven't exactly been slacking, you know. Now..."



[Here's a good example. This comic is called Dragonball Multiverse. Check it out. https://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/chapters.html]


"What sam hill-- Urgh!?" And droid 13 started before a red and orange fist plows into his midsection. Just as quickly, Scootaloo appears behind 15 and sends him into the snow with a split kick. 14 tries to grab the pegasus again, but Scootaloo was ready. She ducks underneath the grapple attempt and launches both of her hooves into his chin. The blow tore apart the already broken jaw as Android 14 slams into the terrain. Android 13 clutches his stomach as he glares at Scootaloo. "Ya mutant varmint!!!!" 13 summons the T.H. Death bomb again, increasing its size and destructive potential, and aimed it at his pony foe. "Die!!!"

Gohan halted these intentions. "I don't think so...!" He grips the energy ball with his right hand and clenches his hand shut. The attack denotes in their faces as Android 13 retreats from the smoke. He stares in disbelief as both of his hands were mere stumps. Gohan stared at the damage impassively with nary a scratch on him.

"Who in tarnation are you!?" 13 demands.

"I'm my father's son, Son Gohan!"

Evident shock spread across the humanoid features. "Hehe, you plum done, gone dag-gone did it now, boy! Killing you used to be simple orders, now it'll be a privilege. Oh, yeah, the sins of the father will be--"

Gohan drives his fist straight through 13's sternum, cutting the machine off. "Same old lousy obsession with the same foul, one track programming!" Gohan rips his arm from the android's chest. Android 13 gasps out in pain before falling back to the ground and exploding afterward.

Meanwhile, 14 and 15 decided to combine their efforts in taking out the crimson pegasus. Scootaloo was expertly dodging their flurry of punches and kicks. However, she was beginning to feel the strain of her technique. 'Darn it! I still can't hold this power for too long! I got to end this now!' She thought. She expands her Ki outward to create some space between her opponents. Charging up her aura again, both of her wings gain a sharpened edge to them. She takes a runner's stance before rocketing off. 14 and 15 met her charge in kind. There was a brief flash at the moment of impact before Scootaloo tumbles to the ground, losing her form. She winces as she gets to one knee, turning back to the androids.

Android 15 tucks his hands in his pants as he started to chuckle. "Aw, you tuckered yourself out? That's too bad because now you about to get the business!"

Android 14 began sprinting at the downed pony. His heavy footfalls seemed to make the ground shake with every step. Gohan saw his mare friend in trouble and flickers in front of her. The burly android did not cease in its movements. 14 prepares to take Gohan's head off. However, as he goes for the clothesline, his upper torso flies off with the momentum. Gohan watches incredulously as the android's legs run past him and Scootaloo. The bisected android explodes moments later, leaving 15 petrified. The small android takes two steps back before running off. He didn't get more than five feet as his field of vision did a one-eighty-- the world around him turned upside downward. He turns back around, an expression of shock knitted on his face. Scootaloo smirks as she flicks her wingtips. Android 15 was holding his head in his hands.

"Maybe next time you'll get your head on straight before threatening my mentor!" Scootaloo taunted.

"Did you just make a motherf***kn' head jo--" Android 15 words died out with his detonation.

Gohan power down with a look of bafflement on his face. He helps Scootaloo, who winces a bit, but smiles gratefully."Still think I can't hack it?" She asked with a cheeky grin.

"Have I ever told you that you're awesome?"

"You could stand to mention it some more, just not around the other girls,"

Scootaloo puls herself in for a victory kiss. However, Gohan's eyes widen as he remembers their third member. "Videl!!!"

"What about her?" Scootaloo said, clearly annoyed.

"She's still in the lab with Gera! Let's go!!!"

The dup quickly returns to the lab only to find Videl sprawled out on the floor, and Dr. Gera nowhere in sight. Videl's injuries were extensive. Her left arm bent at an awkward angle with some purple discoloring at the joint. Both of her knuckles were bleeding and broken as well. Two large streaks of blood trickled from her forehead while a third drips from the edges of her mouth. Relief washed over Gohan and Scootaloo at the sight of her still breathing - despite it being shallow. Scootaloo needed no prompting from Gohan as she took out the Senzu beans again. At the same time, a screen appears with D. Gera's smiling visage upon it. Gohan snarls as his Super Saiyan forms reemerge.

"Son Gohan. Son of the Red Ribbon Armies' greatest enemy. It makes sense now. The Super Sayian that defeated Cell would no doubt be able to handle defective rejects!" Gera smiles pleasantly at Scootaloo as well. "Although. I must say that I wasn't expecting you to be this powerful either, Scootaloo You're both such spectacular research subjects! Then again, the years of degradation and poor maintenance severely damaged the androids' power cores. It's a shame we didn't get to see Android 13's true potential. It's of no consequence. The doctor decommissioned those androids for a reason. But they served one last purpose,"

"Don't think you can hide from us forever! We'll find you!" Gohan promised with a flare of his aura.

"You're going to wish you those toy soldiers finished the job!" Scootaloo promised.

Gera claps her hands together as she smiles innocently. "We most certainly will. You've provided me with excellent data! It would be foolish to stop now. But, for our future endeavors..." She glares down at Videl, who was beginning to stir. "Leave behind the dead weight. I was hoping she'd be a more worthy interest. Sadly, she couldn't hold up to my standards. A worthless failure of human potential. People like her - who can't see reality right in her face - has no business here in our world--"

*BOOM*

Gohan arm extends out as he fires a Ki blast through the transmission - blowing another hole in the laboratory. Scootaloo tries to help Videl up, but she pushes the pony away and scampers back to her feet. She looks around the lab in search of the faux doctor, but it was too late. Gera was long gone now. "Damn it!!!" Videl snarls, punching her hand in anger. Her expression drops as she looks at herself in confusion. "I'm healed?"

"Um, magic beans?" Scootaloo offers, holding up her bag.

"...Thanks..."

"Good, now I got questions! What happens here? Did she have more androids?"

Videl looks down at the ground while turning away. "No..."

"A weapon?"

"No!"

"A trap, maybe?"

Growling, she spun back around and faced Scootaloo. "There was nothing else here, okay! It was only her! It turns out she's a fighter too! What happen to you two?"

Scootaloo wings flare out as she shouts back. "We were fighting the three killer robots, remember! Instead of trying to be miss macho mare, you should've stayed out of this!!!"

"You--"

"Enough!" Gohan yells out, causing both girls to flinch. "Dr. Gera fooled us all! There's no use in arguing about it! We should head back to Capsule Corp and speak with Bulma," Gohan pauses as he notices Videl gawking at him with a trembly finger. "What?"

"Go-Go-Go...!"

Gohan looks back at her in confusion before touching his head. 'Oh no...!' A cold realization flooded the unmasked Saiyans being. 'I forgot my helmet!'

Instantly, Scootaloo zooms in front of her colt friend, using her wings to block his face. "It's not what you think!"

Videl, seemingly ignoring Scootaloo, pressed onward. "You're the Gold Fighter!!!"

Gohan and Scootaloo stare blankly at each other before back to Videl. "What?" They said in perfect unison.

episode 7: Ultimatum!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T.. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[North City - Destroyed Secret Lab - Third Person POV.]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6a9nenzLUE


Gohan and Scootaloo stood perfectly still-- unable to speak at Videl's shocking discovery. Gohan had sweat trailing down his head while Scootaloo slumps forward as her eye twitches. Videl still looks at the unmasked Saiyaman with bafflement. "It all makes sense now!" Videl said. "Canterlot gets robbed, you show up and stop them, then disappear - and Great Saiyaman appears shortly after! No wonder the princesses vouched for you. So how did they do it?"

Gohan's eyes shifted side to side in nervousness. "Um, do what?"

"How'd they give you magic? Was it a ritual or a transplant?" Gohan tried to speak, but Videl continued. "Or maybe you're not human at all-- You're one of those changelings in disguise!"

Scootaloo features widen in realization as she spoke telepathically. 'Hey, let's use that excuse,'

'What? You can't be serious! I can't lie about what I am?' Gohan said indignantly.

'Hey, she's giving us an out, I'd say we take it. It's either that or you tell her you're half-alien. Besides, you're already technically lying, Mr. Great Saiyaman!'

Gohan internally sighs as he looks over to Videl. "Listen, you're right. I am a changeling. The princess wanted desperately to help the humans anyway they could. King Thorax was kind enough to offer my services. But this conversation stays between us,"

Videl places her hands to her hips while shaking her head. She then glances at Scootaloo while narrowing her eyes. "You knew about this, didn't you? Why else would the princesses send you? Do they have so little confidence in my abilities?"

Scootaloo shrugs, ignoring the accusation. "Sorry. That's top-secret, classified info. But, I can tell you this much, you might want to think about what happened here today,"

Videl frowns at that. "And what does that mean?"

"You might be able to handle humans, but we're not fighting just humans,"

"They could be rabbits harvesting marshmallows on the moon for all I care. I won't let some stupid tricks stop me from bringing that Gera to justice!"

Scootaloo folds her arms and sighs. "Did you see our fight?"

"No, but you all disappeared--"

"Did you feel that heat coming from that attack? Was that some trick?" Scootaloo asked, cutting her off.

"Yeah! An illusion of some kind that Gera made. This whole lab was probably a trap from the start!"

"Ok, how about your fight with Gera? Did you even land a hit?"

"..Tsk..."

Scootaloo noted the defiance in Videl's eyes, yet her voice and tone were hesitant. With a sigh, Scootaloo stood before Videl. "Ok, let's try this; hit me!"

Videl arches a brow at the request. "Excuse me?"

Gohan guessed what Scootaloo's plan was and intervened. "Scootaloo now is not the time for this!"

"It's the only way she'll get it!" Turning back to Videl, Scootaloo straightens up. "How about it, daddy's girl? You wanted to sock me in the muzzle from day one. Now's as good a time as any,"

Feed up with the barbs at her father from everyone to her allies and enemies, Videll rears back her right fist. "...Fine...!" Videl thrust her arm forward with all the strength she could muster. Her frustrations from her fight with Gera - coupled with being treated as an afterthought - guided her strike. The impact with Scootaloo's face and her fist was incredibly satisfying, for about one second. "Aah!" Videl hollers at her reinjured hand. Gripping it tightly, she hisses at the throbbing. 'What the heck!? It's like punching that android again!' Videl looks back at Scootaloo - who watches her with a flat expression - unfazed by her attack. 'What!? How can she stand there as if nothing happens? I put most of my weight behind that punch!!!'

"Do you get it now? That busted hand is proof that you're out of your league here. These guys aren't you're everyday humans. And apparently, neither was Gera. You're lucky she didn't kill you, especially when she could've," Scootaloo goes to give Videl another Senzu bean. "Here, take this and head home. It'll be safer that way,"

To Gohan's and Scootaloo's shock, Videl slaps the bean out of her hand. "Don't think you can talk down to me like I'm a child! What, you're saying I'm weak, that'll slow you down, or I'm in over my head? I've faced the most dangerous criminals in my world. A mad scientist and her pet robots won't scare me off!"

Gohan walks up and grabs her shoulder, but Videl shrugs him off. "Videl, we're only thinking of your wellbeing. Part of being a martial artist is knowing how to pick your battles,"

"You're right, and I'm far from done with this battle! As for my wellbeing..." Videl turns away to the lab's exit. "I think I was well off doing things on my own!!!" With that bitter remark, Videl leaves the lab.

Scootaloo shakes her head in disappointment. "I guess some people can't take a hint," Scootaloo looks back to Gohan, who was sending her a disapproving glare. "What?"

"You know, I get that you might feel territorial towards others, but you could've handled that better than pointing out her shortcoming,"

"Wha- oh, come on, Gohan! We both know this isn't the place for humans like her! Even Krillin can't fight the androids we faced!"

"True. But Videl doesn't seem like the type to accept her limitations. She reminds me of this mare I know,"

Scootaloo bristles as a blush form on her features. "Let's head back to Bulma's..."

"Yeah, let me get my helmet too. Bulma built in a communicator. So maybe it picked up what Gera told us,"

"Yeah,"

It didn't take long for the duo to find Gohan's helmet in the tundra. Thankfully, it only suffered a cracked visor. Gohan dons it on his head once more, and almost immediately, Bulma's voice was back. "Gohan! Do you read me? Is everything alright!?"

"Yes, Bulma, I can hear you. Thanks for that warning earlier,"

"A lot of good it did. Dr. Gera planned for everything leading up to this point,"

"Yeah, we got that impression..."

"It can't be helped right now. You three head back here asap. we have to start our next move,"

"actually. It's just two of us now,"

"What? What happened to Videl?" There was a pause that fulled Bulma with dread. "Don't tell me she's-"

"No, no! Nothing like that. But you know how these situations are to normal people. It's not safe for her,"

"Hmm, let's discuss this more at my lab,"


[Unkown Location.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VONlxrs0qk

Dr. Gera sat humming in front of a computer screen. From behind her, a door opens as footsteps entered the room. "Hello, good doctor, I trust your mission was a success?"

"Hmm, moderate. I discovered more data, but it's turning out to be unsalvagable for the project,"

The voice grew angry as it spoke. "What do you mean 'unsalvagable?' You blew a prominent position as a mole within Capsule Corp to get to this secret lab, and now the data is useless!"

"My cover eventually would've been exposed by Bulma or her father. Being a mole on the inside was never going to be a long term role,"

A growl leaves the man's voice. "And how will we proceed with the next phase? If you can't use that computer data, then how will we create an army of androids?"

"I'm afraid that creating more androids is not possible. All the materials I've found were enough to reconstruct you and you alone. The rest are all discarded failures the doctor had not to time anymore,"

"Hmm, I suppose it's for the best. I don't want any insubordination from the personal!" The figure chuckles as it paces behind Gera. "I am quite pleased with your due diligence in my reconstruction. I never tire or require constant maintenance for any of my parts. My old state was not as aesthetically pleasing,"

"Yes, infighting would put a damper on the next stages," Gera stated, ignoring that line of vanity. "But I don't anyone would have the gall to challenge the former deadliest assassin,"

A chuckle went off behind her. " Former? I assure you I am even more deadly than ever! I shall once again strike fear into the hearts of many! But what about phase two?"

Gera spins around as she intertwines her fingers. "The completion of our privately owned portal frame is nearly complete. But, I must ask, why should we leave planet Earth in favor of Equis?"

"it's not an act of retreat if that's what you are hinting at, dear doctor. There's been far more complication the Red Ribbon faced while on the Earth. We must take a step back and re-establish ourselves. Equis offers new opportunities for us. We can have an assortment of the most fearsome creatures on our side. Average humans are not enough to conquer the world!"'

"What of the perils on Equis? The princesses? The other nations?"

"As I said, that holds many fearsome creatures, but that are just that - creatures! They cannot hope to match our kin instinct for war and bloodshed,"

"Hmm, if that's the case, then I may know some areas that have some promising candidates. However, will we be getting into contact with the repo gang?"

"No, let them continue as they have been - their general chaotic behaviors will keep the attention off of us,"

"What about the disappearances? We wouldn't want our soldiers getting taken away from us,"

"We'll find the ones responsible and cut a deal, if not, we'll deal with them all the same,"

"One last issue to address. It seems the rulers of Equis sent a small task force to circumvent our plans. They consist of the current martial arts champion daughter, Videl. The current E.A.T..A.T. champion, Scoootaloo. And a masked superhero by the name of Great Saiyaman,"

"I'm surprised that oaf managed to reproduce. Regardless, I am sure she is just as inept as her father. The E.A.T..A.T. champion?" Gera nods in confirmation. "I'm not going to dignify her existence with my presence. And a grown adult playing pretend. I assume he has some mental disorder?"

Gera smiles softly at her next reveal. "While I might agree - given his choice of attire and name - the mental patient is none other than Son Gohan; the son of Son Goku," Gera brings her hand to cover her mouth as all the color drains from her associates face. "I presume you two met before?"

Instead of responding, the man levels a dagger at Gera's face. Gera frowns as the man sets his icy glare at her. "Why are you only just now telling me this! The one thing worse than that insufferable brat that ruins my schemes time and again is his progeny!!!"

"You believe him to be a threat?" Gera asks calmly.

"Of course! That freak of nature destroyed an entire shelter with a wave of his hand as a child. But, as an adult-- he must be stronger than his father at this point!!!"

"You're in luck. The boy isn't nearly as powerful as he was when he was a child,"

The man lowers the blade as he visibly relaxes. "You know this information for a fact? We can defeat him?"

"Oh, there's no way for you to defeat him, even with his decline in power. But there are other methods of fighting a powerful opponent. You merely need to find their weaknesses,"

"Tsk. I am hard-pressed to believe monsters like Son Goku and his spawn have any weaknesses at all,"

"You'd be surprised. Tell me: why do superheroes wear a mask?"

"To play with that silly motif of secret identities,"

"Correct. And what is the purpose of a secret identity besides hiding one's face?"

"Urgh! I feel like I am pitching for a screenplay. To protect their friends and families from the villain-- No...!" The man whispered, catching Gera's intentions.

Gera smiles wickedly. "Yes,"


[Hercule Mansion - Videl POV.]



I step out of the bathroom after fixing the bandage on my hand. The bones weren't fractured, but I did break the skin and caused some swelling. It was nothing out of my regular training regimen. But my mind kept going back to that pegasus. Sure, I'll admit she's strong, but what kind of magic can turn someone into a brick wall? Too much happened today, and I need to blow off this frustration. I went to our private gym and set up a punching bag. Dad always has the latest and best equipment. I knock the bag around for a few minutes as it swings back and forth. I was putting my all into this session as I launched several combinations. But, I went too far and punched the bag with my injured hand too hard. The bag flew off the hook while my hand throbs something fierce. I was so busy nursing that I didn't notice my father rushing over to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyXr_8hJ1hU

"Ah, Videl! Are you ok, baby girl? Did you hurt your hand? Hitting the training bag too hard again, I see. Ah haha. I expect nothing less from my daughter! Although. You should settle down a bit. You don't want to go too hard on those chumps that challenge you to a fight. Ah haha!"

I smile at my dad's words. He's always a worry wort though. "Relax, Dad, I'm fine. But I got this injury while working on a case,"

My father goes over to the bag and reaches it to the hooks. He gets behind it to steady it while I resume my session. "Oh, yeah? So when can I expect the front page news of my daughter cracking some skulls?"

"It's not that simple, dad. The prep got away. I came back for some time to think. My partners also grating,"

"Hold on, you mean you got paired up with some goofballs. Did they sit there and do nothing while you did all the heavy lifting!?" I could tell my dad was annoyed.

"No, I--" I thought about explaining everything. But, I knew my dad wouldn't have it, and I got a big enough headache right now. "It's nothing I can't handle,"

"Aha! That's my baby girl. Of course, you got this! You're the daughter of the champ! You'll crack this case and bust those thugs before the week is out. How about I get dinner started?"

"You mean you'll have the butler tell the chiefs to get dinner started. Sorry, dad, but you still can't cook in the kitchen after the pot roast incident,"

Dad moves from behind the punching bag as he grumbles. "It's not my fault those instruction were in a different language,"

"They were in English dad,"

"Bah! Not any English I know,"

Before he could leave the gym, I called out to him. "Hey, dad. Can you tell me how you beat Cell again?" I asked this question many times before. The reaction is always the same. My dad would freeze up, got all nervous, and respond vaguely. This time was no different.

"Oh, come on now, pumpkin. If I keep telling the same story over and over again, it'll get stale. Besides, those documentaries cover everything you need to know about my finest hour!"

With that said, dad left the gym. I sat down on the nearby couch while staring at my hand. Scootaloo's words kept replaying in my head like a broken record. 'Maybe it's more than a simple trick..." I got up and went to my room where my computer was-- typing in a specific name I heard Gera mention. "...Son Goku..." As the information appeared on screen, I felt myself back away from a video depicting the twenty-third world martial tournament. The things the video showed were exactly like what happened in the Cell games! "No way!" The same green man from the group of mystery fighters fought this Son Goku. Although his hair was black back then instead of gold, he's wearing the same Gi. Going back further, I found out that Son Goku made it to the finals two times prior as a kid! It's completely insane! Why didn't anyone know about this?

"I guess when a monster like Cell appears - hosting the biggest tournament the world's ever known - everything before that seems trivial..."

I brought up footage of the Cell games for a cross-reference. Something was bugging about another fighter that was there. Sure enough, there was a boy. People mistook him for a delivery boy, yet he ended fighting Cell too. The boy's face was so familiar that I knew I saw it after this video. I did another search on Son Goku, remembering he proposed to another fighter during the tournament. Chi Chi was the name that came up. From there, I looked up other family ties and found out they had a son. I slammed my hands against the desk while standing straight up. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, staring at the picture in front of me. It all came together like a crossword puzzle. "You were right in plain sight all along, huh?"


[Capsule Corporation - Gohan's POV.]



Scootaloo and I sat in Bulma's office while she and her father worked on my helmet."I must give the departed doctor some credit. Masking his laboratories with radioactive isotopes was a stroke of genius. You'd never find any of them if you were going at it blind," Dr. Briefs comments.

"Let's not go praises mad scientist dad. Regardless, we've isolated the wavelengths of the particles," Bulma says.

"Great! Now we can track Gera, clean her clock, and head back in time for supper," Scootaloo stated confidently.

With a frown, I shook my head. "No, we won't. Think about it, Gera was the spy, and she made the chip. She's been one step ahead of us this whole time. Any lab we go to now would only be a trap!"

Bulma agrees with me. "Gera's been one step ahead of us this whole. The isotopes that clung to your bodies are also on Gera. I can make a device that isolated the ones on Gera. Of course, she will be expecting you both, so be ready,"

"Ha. Ready is my middle name!" Scootaloo exclaims.

"I thought it was dangerous like Rainbow Dash," I said cheekily. That quip earned me a tailwhip.

"Hush, you!"

Before Bulma or her father could get started, Dr. Briefs' phone went off. "Hmm, that peculiar. I asked the secretary to screen all my video calls. It must be important,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmplZojOZJY

Dr. Briefs pushes a button on a remote to allow a screen to come from the ceiling. However, all of us went on alert when Gera's face appears. "Good evening, everyone. You're looking a lot better after our last encounter. Although, you seem to be missing your third,"

Scootaloo zoomed over to the screen with a frown on her face. "You got a lot of nerve showing your face to us!"

"I assure you I won't take much of your time,"

"Then, I suggest you start talking. 'doctor!'" Bulma hissed out that last word. I guess she's still angry about getting tricked.

"Hello, Bulma, you're in good spirits. I want to thank you for the opportunity for your company. The experience was invaluable," Gera said with a coy smile.

Bulma was unamused. "Dad, hang up!"

Dr. Briefs nods and started to reach for his remote. However, he stops when Gera spoke again. "Hmm, I guess you don't care about the hostages' wellbeing,"

That got all our attention. "What hostages!?"

"I'm glad you asked, Son Gohan. My employer has a special interest in you. He would like a word,"

Gera left the screen, and a man took her place. He wore a pink robe over his black sheet and pants. A long and braided ponytail draped over his right shoulder. He looked to be in his fifties, but somehow, that felt wrong. I knew this guy was bad news on account of his grin that screams arrogant and maliciousness.



"It's been a long time, boy. Seven years too long! What a joy it is to see you again, even if your outfits ridiculous,"

"You know this guy?" Scootaloo asks.

I stood up straight and looked this man dead in his eyes. My frown was ever-present as I spoke. "I'm sorry, who are you again?"

The man suddenly fell on his back while laughter went off from both sides of the screen. He shot back up with an irritated look on his face. "It's General Tao, you Buffon!!! The world's deadliest assassin! I was the Red Ribbon's top mercenary!"

"Oh, good for you,"

"You've forgotten me entirely, haven't you? I am the man that nearly ended your father's life! Surely, he's spoken of me with fear in his heart!"

"Nope, not a word," I kind of feel bad. This guy seems like he wants someone to recognize him.

"Wait, you fought Goku and nearly killed him?" General Tao straightens up as he beams with pride. That is until Scootaloo shatters it completely. "Hmm, I guess even Goku had to deal with villains back in the day,"

"You impudent--" The general restrains himself as he recomposes himself. "I suppose there is no helping it. The Red Ribbon Army utterly decimated by the hands of a mere child! It is quite pathetic. Yet, I alone remain-- I alone have survived! I will rebuild the Red Ribbon better than it ever was previously. All that leaves is to deal with you lot,"

"You already failed before. What makes now any different?" Dr. Briefs asked.

"Simple. I have leverage. As of today, you will no longer interfere with Red Ribbon affairs!"

"And if we refuse?" Bulma asks.

General Tao steps to the side to reveal the hostage. All at once, my heart stops. It was my mom and baby brother. They were unconscious on the ground as General Tao stands in front of them. "Should you act foolishly and come after us, I will personally reunite these two with your father! I'm sure he'll be happy to see them again,"

Bulma and Scootaloo gasp out in shock while Dr. Briefs' mouth fell agape. Me? I felt my anger swell up again. Electricity sparks around my body as I growled out. "You monster...!"

episode 8: Escalation!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Unknown Lab - A few days ago - Gera's POV.]



I must say watching a grown man experience soul-shattering terror is assuming! "You don't seem excited about my proposal. Why is that?"

"You insight madness!!! To even suggest I go anywhere near that family of monsters is pure insanity!"

"Aw, there's no need to be hurtful. I promise you, fulling this task will prove beneficial to our plans,"

General Tao shook his head vehemently in disapproval. "No! I will have no more talk of this foolishness. How can any good come from provoking that demon!?"

I leaned back into my chair as I wagged my finger at the paranoid man. "Haven't you heard the expression 'Anger makes you stupid." We can use the fact to make Son Gohan lose focus. He won't do anything that will endanger his loved ones. Will he stay away forever? Of course, he won't. But we can keep him away long enough for me to complete our portal frame,"

"Hmm, as long as we can keep him away from the base, your idea has some merit. I'll get my log ready,"

"There's no need to use force. I have a method to get closer without raising any suspicion," I reached into my lab coat and pulled out a sheet of paper.

"Is that a job application?"

"Yes, it is, I always wanted to be a tutor,"


[The next day - Son residence and Raddish farm.]



I stood at the Son residence in the traditional teacher attire. It was a quaint little spot with a scenic view of the mountain valley. I approached the door to knock - fixing my attire as I did so - and waited. A few moments later, a woman opens the door. "Oh, hello there,"

I put on my best sincere smile and answered. "Good day to you, madam. I was hoping the position for tutoring was still available,"

"Oh, yes! Come in, please! Thank you so much for applying. Would you like some tea? My name's Chi Chi by the way,"

"I am Gera, and I'd love some, thanks," Chi-Chi disappears into the kitchen as I slipped a hand into my coat and pulled out a vial. Chi Chi came back with her tea set ready. "Oh my! I love this set!"

"Thank you. It was an old keepsake of my mother. She'd serve this to new guests in the hopes of a prosperous future. We haven't had the best luck when it comes to tutors," She said, pouring me a glass.

"I can't imagine why. Is your son a handful?" I inwardly winced at my slip up. Chi-Chi gives me an odd look.

"You could say that, but how'd you know my child was a boy?"

"In my experience, boys are always the troublemakers,"

Chi Chi chuckles at the remark. "You got that right. Goten isn't a bad student, but tutors usually have trouble performing around him. Plus, we live way out here. Not many are willing to travel this far out,"

"Oh, it's no trouble. The reward for helping young aspiring minds is worth the hassles. Plus, I find the country air more pleasing than those stuffy cities,"

"I know, right! People in the cities are rude! They walk by all day - pretending to be productive - as they either look down on you or act as if you don't exist! I want my boys brought up properly, not entitled!"

"Speaking of which, where is your son?"

"Oh, that's right! Goten! Come on down and meet your new tutor!" As she turned around, I put two drops from my vial into the tea.

"Coming!" Goten said.

My eyes widened at the sight of the small boy. If I had to guess, he was about ten to eleven years old. But his most striking feature was his hair. A small smile appeared on my lips. "Hello. I'm Goten!"

I chuckle at the boy's enthusiasm. "Hello there, my name is Ms. Gera. How are you today?"

"I'm fine. You have funny hair. Our friend Mr. Yamcha had long hair like that,"

"Goten! That's very rude," Chi-Chi abolished.

I let out a smile giggle and wave Chi-Chi. "I think we're going to get along nicely. I was under the impression that you are quite the handful. Is that true?"

Goten shakes his head to the side. "No. I think the other tutors were too scared when they saw my power,"

Playing ignorance, I tilt my head to the side. "Your power?"

Goten holds up his hand and fires a blast out the window. We watched it sail into a rock, destroying upon impact. Chi-Chi looked horrified while I maintained an air of confusion. "Amazing! How did you set up a projector?"

Chi-Chi quickly took the excuse I gave her and ran with it. "Goten! You know what we talk about beforehand! It's not nice to play pranks like that on our guests,"

"Sorry, mom..." Goten said dejectedly.

"Oh, it's no trouble. I can tell this little cutie is a tough customer," I said as I pinched his cheek. An adorable little blush spreads across his face.

"Hehe, hey! Quit it!"

"So, shall we all toast to our new tutorship?" I gestured to the undrunken tea in front of us. Chi-Chi pours herself and her son a glass. Holding mine up, I gave them another soft smile. "Cheers,"

"Cheers,"

"Cheers,"

All of us took a sip, and I must admit, the tea was delightful. The effect of the potion didn't work as quickly on Goten as it did on Chi-Chi. She was already showing signs of drowsiness and fatigue. I suggested Goten that we move to his room to start his tutorship. I made sure Goten lead the way while looking back at his mother. Try as she might, Chi-Chi had trouble staying awake. She would yawn and rub her eyes every so often. It was a futile effort. Chi-Chi's head fell to the side of the couch while she tried to clear the tea set. 'One down, one to go,' I thought to myself. Sadly, things didn't go as smoothly with little Goten. Saiyan biology - even half Saiyan - is stubbornly persistent. We started the mundane task of the preschool subjects. I could tell that Chi-Chi is strict with his studies. I didn't intervene in some of the topics, but I couldn't stay here all day. So I offered the boy more tea with double the dose. I got the desired result a Goten let out a wide yawn.

"I'm tired..." Goten said, rubbing his eyes.

"Now, now. We're almost through with history," I said while tapping the textbook.

Goten lays his head on his desk. "No....! I wanna sleep!"

"Here, I'll read this passage aloud, and then you can continue after," There was soft snoring coming from the desk before I started. Looking past the textbook, Goten was out like a light. It was cute save for the bit of drool and snot bubble. Regardless, my job was complete. I brought out my phone from my pocket and called the general.

"Were you successful?"

"Yes, everything went smoothly. Prepare for pick up,"

"You better be right about this course of action!"

"So much worry. I promise that Son Gohan won't think about touching after this,"


[Present time - Back at the Laboratory.]



I must that that bring Chi-Chi here was well worth it. Gohan's anger was so palpable that you could feel from here. But that paled in comparison with General Tao. He was good at keeping his composure during this little talk. I'll give him that much, but it wasn't going to last with the way his lower body was quivering. It was a smart move to show just his face. I knew General Tao history with Goku. The reaction he had the moment he saw Goten was comical. The deadliest assassin in the world pressed himself wall, shaking like a newborn. It wouldn't be a stretch of the truth to say he had a PTSD episode. Goten is the spitting image of his father, right down to the last hair follicle. I was a bit surprised when he drew a blade and held it at the boys' head, but one subtle move from Goten had the new leader of the Red Ribbon back across the room. It took an hour of convincing to make this video call and another thirty minutes for him to get ready. But here we are now with hostages.

"You monster!!!" Gohan hissed out.

"I prefer to think of myself as a realist. Your mere existence is a hindrance to us. If you agree to not meddle in our affairs, then your family will be returned to you unharmed. Do not come looking for them. We will contact you when the time is right,"

"How do we know you'll keep your word?" Dr. Briefs asks.

"You have no choice. However, even men such as myself have a code of ethics. We usually don't harm targets not under contract,"

"And you think that's going to satisfy anyone? How do we know you won't keep them indefinitely!?" Bulma sated. It was a valid point. We could hold Chi-Chi and Goten for as long as we wish.

"This conversation will be the last one for the foreseeable future. Good day," General Tao hunched over as soon as the transmission ended. He was panting heavily as if he just ran a marathon.

"A wonderful performance, general," I said while clapping. It was clear General Tao didn't appreciate the entertainment in my tone.

"Enough! I want updates on any progress you make toward the portal's completion!" General Tao moved over to the intercom. "Attention all personnel. The base is now on red alert. You are to keep a constant vigil on all scanners and proximity alarms. Notify me every thirty minutes for any changes. Also, I want that brat under surveillance round the clock. If he so much as twitches up the dosage on his sedatives!"

"Someone's paranoid,"

General Tao turned to me with a snarl. "You are far too relaxed to the impending doom over the horizon!" He wipes his while shaking his head. "How are we supposed to stop Son Gohan from coming here? I recall from our last encounter that he can sense where we are right now! How can we prevent this!?"

I shrug my shoulders at this. "We can't. There's no way to prevent any of our enemies from sensing Chi-Chi or Goten. So, I say we let them,"

General Tao arches a brow at this. "Elaborate!"

"My work with the portal frame has lead to the development of a short-range teleporter. I've already tuned in to the other abandon labs and outposts. Whenever we see Son Gohan and his friends get close, we teleport the two of them the moment they get close," I got up to the intercom for an announcement. "Attention all personnel: bring our two guests to the laboratory please," After I finished, I walked out of the room. Tao followed quickly behind me. Our walk was silent until we reached the lab. Inside, Goten and Chi-Chi slept atop a specialized pad with four posts lining the circle. In the background was a monitor displaying the same pad.

"What are you playing, Doctor?"

"The device before is work as the portal frame does, only at a smaller scale. In theory, it can only teleport from one pad to another in this world instead of across star systems,"

"In theory? You haven't tested this device yet?"

I shot the general a smile that seems to unnerve him. "No time like the present~," I flicked the switch before the general could protest. The four posts started spinning rapidly as the pad emitted a soft white glow. In a bright flash, Goten and Chi-Chi disappeared before us and reappearing on the duplicate pad unscathed. I clapped my hands in a giddy fashion. "Aw, the field test was a success," I looked back to General Tao who stared back at me with a horrified expression. "What?"

"A-Are you mad!?"

I turned my nose upwards at him. "I figured this was the best way to test the effects matter displacement without consequence. Would you rather I use our personnel for the test?"

"Soldiers are always expendable. These two are not! You are tempting fate enough as it is already!" To my surprise, General Tao raised a bladed hand to my face. "The Red Ribbon has returned to its former glory, and I will not see it burnt down again! Do you understand?"

The murderous gleam in General Tao's eyes told me he was serious. I shook my head at the foolish man as I frowned. "Honestly, General, you must not overreact like this. It's unbecoming of a leader. We both know that there is not a single person here that matches my intellect," I crossed my arms while donning a confident smirk. "Unless, of course, you're confident you can replace me,"

General Tao snarls as he lowers his blade. "No more unnecessary risk, doctor!"

"By your word, General Tao," I play up my compliance with a respectful bow. General Tao grumbles as he left the lab, leaving to stare at the monitor. Crossing my arms and smiling at the successful test, I whispered. "Poor little man. Taking risks is how science evolves," I took out my holographic computer from my bracelets - displaying the portal frame that's long been operational. What General Tao fails to realize is that in the game of chess, the king is a mere figurehead. And the queen holds reign over the board. Now that I know it's possible to travel via teleportation, I needed to add more pawns to the board. Soon, an image appeared on the screen, showing a region of Equis. Specifically, the Dragonlands egg nursey. "I always wanted a pet dragon,"


[Capsule Corporation - Bulma's office - Scootaloo POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF10ebhojZk

The tv monitor went black. That General Tao guy and Gera had gone back into hiding. I looked at everyone in the room, and all of us were feeling angry. But Gohan was the worst. He stood there trembling while glaring at the tv. He bit down on his teeth so hard that I thought they were going to break. There was even some blood on the palm of his gloves from clenching his fist. I could feel his Ki raising higher and higher while he grunted. I doubt Bulma would like it if Gohan blows up her home, so I went over to him. I hooked my arms around his neck and wrapped my wings over his back. Pegasi always gave the best hugs. Nothing calms down a raging colt friend than smoothing feathers on his back. But joking aside, Gohan needs this - and thankfully - he started to calm down.

"You can't go blow up your friends' house, you dummy. Now calm down, or else I'll tell Pinkie when we get back!"

Pinkie's version of smoothing hugs usually leads to a trip to a chiropractor. But, it gets the result as Gohan returns the hug and chills out. "Thanks, Scoots..."

A loud cough got my notice as I realized we weren't alone. "That's very sweet you two, but we still have a situation,"

"No problem! I can feel Chi-Chi and Goten's Ki from here. Those Red Ribbon dorks made a big mistake in foal-napping them!"

"Yeah, but they must've known you could find them,"

"Indeed. You're both most likely heading into a trap," Dr. Briefs stated.

"It's nothing we can't handle!" I said confidently.

"Even so, they're right. I don't want to take any risk with my family at stake," Gohan said. That took the wind from my wings as I nodded. "We should get in contact with the others,"

"I have Krillin and Yamcha on speed dial. However, you'll have Tien and Piccolo yourselves," Bulma said, getting a phone out.

"Alright, I think I know where Piccolo is right now. We can pick up Tien along the way," Gohan said.

"Done!" I said with a wide grin. Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha, and Tien's little body - I forget his name - was standing next to me. "Instant transmission is the only way to travel!"

"You mind explaining what's going? Base on our sudden relocation, I'd say it's urgent," Tien gathered.

"Yeah! Your girlfriend here just took me from a hot date!" Yamcha complained.

"A hot date, huh?" Bulma asks, not believing him for a second.

"He's not lying. He's with some blue-haired woman. Now that I think about - she looked a lot like you, Bulma - only more, you know..." I made a swiping motion over my teats, and Bulma got the message. Her face went bright red as she scowls at Yamcha.

"Wait, you were dating Marrion!" Krillin said.

Yamcha started to sweat as Bulma glared at him. This drama would be the kind of thing Sweetie, Diamond, and Silvie would like to hear about, but we were getting off track. Thankfully, Piccolo thought the same thing.

"Can we skip the trashy romance and go straight into the reason of us being here?" It didn't take long to recap everything so far. Krillin, Yamcha, Tien all were scowling at the news. Piccolo wore that a frown, but it was deeper than usual. But Tien's friend was looking lost.

"Man, this is a bummer. The Red Ribbon is back and up to no good," Yamcha said.

"And being lead by General Tao no less. It makes sense they want revenge on Goku given that he defeated them, but I never General Tao would stoop this low," Tien said.

"You know him?" I asked.

"He was someone I once idolized before I knew him to be a monster,"

"Do you think Master Crane is back as well?" Tien's little friend said.

"Doubtful, Chaoztu. Our old master was never one for humility. We would've heard from him by now,"

"We're in a situation none of are accustom too, but it doesn't change the fact that we must act!" Piccolo stated.

"Good, then let's go!" A familiar voice said. All of us turned to find Videl standing in the doorway. Her eyes were wide as she stares at Piccolo, but it was only for a second. It's a good thing Gohan has his helmet back on, but how long was Videl there? She can be sneaky when she wants. "Who are they? My replacements?"

"Just some guys who have experience with these kinds of problems," I said.

Videl focuses on me with a glare. She was still fuming from our talk at the secret lab. Walking fully into the room, she stops in front of me. "That's not what he said just now," She pointed to Piccolo who grumbles in response. "Luckily, I dealt with hostage situations before,"

"So, you're coming?" I knew the answer, but I was hoping she would say no. "I won't be playing foal sitter if you get hurt again,"

"You won't have to worry. I have a better understanding of the situation then I did before,"

For some reason, I didn't like the way she said that. "We appreciate all the aid you can give us, Ms. Videl," Gohan said.

Behind us, I saw Yamcha lean into Krillin's ear. "Hey, who's the kid?"

Krillin shrugs at the question. "I think she's one of Gohan classmates. But I'm guessing she's the girl they told us about - Hercule's daughter," The rest of the group recoils at that.

Videl glance back at them, making the conversation stop. I think we waited long enough, so I called out to everyone. "Alright. Everyone stay close to me," I said, placing two fingers to my forehead. I felt out Goten's Ki since he was more potent, and all of flickered to his location.


[third Person POV.]



Scootaloo's instant transmission worked, teleporting the group right in front of the captured Son family. Videl stumbles forward, not used to that method of travel, as everyone looks around. "There they are!" Chaoztu said. Gohan instantly ran to his family - his arm outstretched, mere meters away - only for them to disappear.

"No!" Gohan shouted.

"What the heck happened?" Yamcha asked.

"Were they--"

Videl recovered enough to speak, but Piccolo cut her off. "No, Someone moved them! I feel their presence somewhere in the east,"

"I got 'em!" Scootaloo alerted. Our heroes soon teleported again to the new location. Much like before, the Z warriors appear before Goten and Chi-chi, but they would vanish before any of them got close. The game of cat mouth would continue for several minutes before Scootaloo felt her energy reserve start to decline. All the consecutive teleporting - combine with the number of people she transported - finally took its toll as Scootaloo collapses to knees the moment they appeared in another lab. Gohan took a moment to check on his mare friend while his mother and brother vanished again. "I-I'm sorry. I'm not used to doing that move so o much with so many people..."

"It's not your fault," Gohan replies softly.

"We're running around in circles!" Videl grunted out.

"It doesn't matter! We have to save those two!" Scootaloo panted out.

"Someone watching us. There is no other explanation," Tien stated.

"More like someone is toying with us," Piccolo growls.

Before anyone could say another word, Gohan gets a call from Capsule Corp. "Gohan! You and the others need to head back right now!"

"Why? What's happening now!?" Gohan asks.

"The portal frame activated from Equis, and several dragons came through it. They wouldn't listen to me, saying they were here to reclaim what belongs to them! They said it would be a war if we try and stop them!!!"

"What!? Who came through? The Dragonlord wouldn't let something like this happen. Nevermind any of the princesses!!!"

"The Dragonlord told me in person! They're here right now!" Suddenly, everyone became quiet as a sense of dread filled the air.

"Ok, I'm not the only one that feels that right?" Yamcha said nervously.

"I'm starting to wish you were...!" Krillin stuttered.

"I never felt such a malicious presence!" Tien said, disbelief carrying his tone.

"T-Tien...!" Chaoztu quivers.

Piccolo grits his teeth as he looks to the far off wall. "It's coming from the direction where Bulma is at the moment, but..."

"That can't be right! I-I feel Ember, but this Ki signature is right next to her! It can be--"

"It is..." A grim tone escapes Gohan's lips.

Videl looks at everyone in confusion. "Ok, evil presence, Dragonlords. What's happening!?"


[Capsule Corporation - Front entrance.]



Ember walks out of the building with a stoic expression. She stops before the small entourage of dragons waiting for her command. "I don't think your friend likes our unannounced visit," Smolder said.

"It doesn't matter if she likes it or not! Heck, she's lucky we don't burn this pile of bricks down right now! She could be working with those thieves!"

Smolder sighs as she looks up at her brother. "Garble, that's just dumb,"

"Bulma didn't do this. Her scent wasn't anywhere near the nursery - indirect or otherwise," Spike said, taking drawn sniffs of the air. "I got the scent of the eggs and the culprit!"

"Stretch those wings! We're hitting the skies!" Ember orders as the bloodstone specter glow brightly.

As the dragons took off, Smolder looks at her two mentors with unease. "So, how are we going to handle this?"

Spike leers back at Smolder, making her flinch from his glare. "Scorched Earth!!!"

episode 9: Wrath of the Dragons! (Edited)

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heh[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity is struggling on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Capsule Corporation -Bulma's lab - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACsb14wRYTA&list=PL836DDC1A20726279&index=22]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACsb14wRYTA&list=PL836DDC1A20726279&index=22[/url]

"Bulma! Please tell me you figured something out!" Yamcha asked. "We're running around out there like headless chickens!"

Bulma was furiously typing away at her keyboard. "Almost. We don't have time to make a gadget to track these facilities, but I thought of something else. I'm going to link up the data for the isotope readings and apply them to our satellites. We can use them to triangulate the laboratory positions. It'll take a few minutes,"

"What about the dragons? Their presence may complicate matters," Tien reminded.

"Hey, regardless of what we felt, Spike is on our side!" Scootaloo said firmly.

"Do we have any idea what those dragons said?" Chaoztu asked.

"As I said, no warning, no announcements, the dragons just came with the whole 'Offical Dragonlands business,' and stormed off. But, by the looks of their faces, I doubt they are here for the scenery," Bulma said. The computer made a series of beeps before a map of the world highlighted five dots. "Here it is, the location of five Red Ribbon facilities. You can split up into groups and head off the teleporter. I will be able to scramble the machine's signal from here - I need a heads up before Chi-Chi and Goten teleport again - we don't want to interfere with the transition process. I'm also betting that one of these locations is the main base. We can end the Red Ribbon once and for all if we play our card right,"

"That still leaves the issue of the Equis dragons," Piccolo reminded. "I don't believe in coincidences - we might be after the same culprit,"

"I don't know. Spike and Ember could be here for any reason. How sure--" Gohan stops mid-sentence as a tremor went off beneath their feet. The same malicious aura flooded the Z warriors' sense again.

Once the tremors stop, Videl was the first to speak. "Ok, I know there aren't any fault lines near West City,"

"Spike's energy is flaring again - and from the looks of it - in the same direction as one of these facilities," Tien stated.

"Alright, we'll split up two groups! Scootaloo, Great Saiyaman, and I will head to where the Equis dragon is right now. You five will go to the other facilities to recuse the hostages!" Piccolo commanded. "If Chi-Chi and Goten are not there, then destroy the teleporting device. That will put a stop to this cat and mouse game,"

Gohan and Piccolo steps near Scootaloo as the rest of the Z fighters rush off to their designations. Scootaloo transports her group to the nearest Ki signature in Spike's direction. When the trio reappeared, a scene of horror greeted them. The once blue sky held a dark orange hue from the blazing fire. Scootaloo felt her nostrils wrinkle at the smell of sulfur and ash. It was almost like standing near an active volcano. But a more potent odor dominated the air - The smell of burning flesh.


[Red Ribbon Main Command Center - moments earlier.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C92p2SJMinY

General Tao was not having a good day. Several Dragons had not only found their secret command center but reign down unholy fire upon it. The general watches from the command center as the image of dragons played. He watched with a stoic expression as the dragons reigned unholy fire upon his base. The blaring alerts began to grate at the assassin's eardrum. He frowns at this unwelcome turn of events. "How did these bothersome creatures find the base!? Are they seeking this land for new territory?" A thousand questions swarmed through General Tao's head, but in the end, it didn't even matter. "Prepare the anti-air guns. Blow these reptiles out of the sky - Oh, and collect any survivors - We may have use for them," Severals panels slid opened up to reveal twin-barrel, high-caliber cannons. The shower of flames quickly subsided for a hail of bullets. General Tao smiles at the sight. However, that smile faded as a purple dragon destroyed one of the cannons.

"Sir! The cannons are not working! The ammunition is bouncing off of them!"

"Impossible! Our ballistic should easily rip these lizards to pieces!" General Tao growls. "Switch to the laser rounds--" A tremor went off as the dragons landed on the ground. The fire-breathing monsters focused their attacks on the panels - destroying the anti-air weaponry. Snarling at the sight, the GeneralGeneral spoke. "Prepare the infantry for an assault. Full armaments! I'll be joining on the frontlines as well,"

Many of the personal stared at the General with disbelief. "Pardon me, sir, but should you be wasting your time on these creatures?"

General Tao was already out the door as he spoke. "Nonsense. This opportunity will work wonders for relieving my stress,"

Outside the base, some of the dragons began digging through the ground. Ember hovers above her follow Drake, relaying orders. "Keep digging! The eggs are right below us! We reclaim our young, then reduce this place to ashes!!!" The dragons roared in agreement as they redoubled their efforts.

Smolder hovers in the background with Garble. The young dragon spots another panel rising from the ground. "Hey, there's more of those weapons!"

"I got 'em!" Garble stated, charging to the opening.

The maroon dragon never got close. "Dodan Ray!!!"

"AAAH!!!" An orange beam struck Garble's shoulder - punching a hole it, and his wing - as his scream garners attention.

"Garble!!!" Smolder calls out, flying to her fallen brother. The sight of her brother's injury made the color of her scales dull. Blood was pooling around the wound at an alarming rate. A vicious snicker brought the young drake's attention back to the offending party.

"Hmm, I was aiming for the head. Perhaps I should've waited for the panels to open all the way, no matter. I am quite pleased with the result. Now, I make this one-time offer: you can come down and join us, or you can die. Choose!" Behind the mercenary, his infantry troops stood ready.



Smolder gave her response as she charges forward. "RAAAH!!!"

General Tao smiles as he met the young dragon's charge. The rest of the soldiers spread out and began firing upon the remaining dragons. The laser rounds were proving very effective against the dragons' scales. It was the first time any of the dragons from Equis experienced burn wounds. Ember was the only one able to avoid the projectiles' nimbly. She dove toward the ground and plants the bloodstone specter in front of her. "Secret Art: Plasma Reflection!!!" The laser was flying toward flew into the gem atop the staff instead. It glowed an eerie color of red before beams flew to their new targets-- the soldiers who fired them. The sound of screams and death gurgles filled the air as many soldiers fell. However, Ember could not bask in her small victory for long. The screams of pain became snuffed out by the sound of metal stomping toward her.



More soldiers began to arrive, this time welding mechanized suits, as they sent a barrage of missiles at the dragons in the air. However, upon detonation, the shells emitted a high-pitch sound that made many of the dragons fall. One of them recovered enough to launch a counter-attack. The mech suit started another barrage, but the dragon plowed through it and locked arms with it. The dragon had the size advantage, but the mecha suit seemed to be just as strong. Two muzzles sprang from the metal forearms, dosing the dragon with liquid nitrogen, ending the stalemate. Ember shrieks out in horror as the robot suit shatters the frozen drake to pieces. Ember's eyes turned feral as she abandons her specter to engage her kin murder. In her haste, however, her spell canceled out due to her missing presence. Thus, the hail of lethal laser returned - forcing the other drakes on defense. Emeer dashes across the battlefield - dodging laser and missiles alike - and takes a deep breath. She spews out a shower of flames toward the mech suit. The pilot, in response, thrust the suit's arm out and fired the nitrogen again. Sub-zero temperatures met with unrelenting heat as steam billowed from the point of impact. Ember seemed to gain the upper hand, but another mecha shot her in the back. The dragonlord yelp as her back was frozen over - breaking her attack - and allow the previous mecha pilot to freeze her front. There's never been a moment where the dragonlord despised being cold blood as she did now. She struggled against the cold licking at her scales, but her movements were stiffening too quickly. After a solid minute, the two mech pilots halted their assault to find Ember encased in ice.

"Hehe, I always liked ice sculptures..." The pilot said, raising his metal fist above Ember's form. "Especially the sound they make when you break 'em!" Just before he could deliver the killing blow, two purple claws stopped the mech in its tracks.

Back with General Tao, Smolder was trying desperately to free herself from the assassin's death grip. One eye was black and swollen, while the other was bloodshot. The was a sharp pain on her wing joints from the elbow strike the GeneralGeneral delivered. Her right arm dangled from her side - thanks to General Tao striking a nerve under her armpit. Blood trickled down Smolder's muzzle as she let out a gasp of air. Despite her injuries, General Tao has nary a scratch on him save for one small tear across his chest. "You realize it's hard to find a good tailor when you're a wanted man. I'll have to seek some form of compensation. How about you tell me why you and your kin are wrecking my facility?" Smolder spits a wad of blood onto his cheek. "Aw, a braze one, eh? Very well..." The deadliest assassin hoist Smolder over to Garble despite her meager protest. "Look around you, reptile. What you see is the cost of hubris and arrogance!" General Tao prepared another Dodan Ray. This time, with Garble prone on the ground, there would be no escape.

Horror itched its way on both dragon's face as Smolder folded. "Our eggs!!!"

General Tao arches a brow at this. "Your eggs?"

Smolder manages to send the general a pained glare. "You took our eggs! I don't care if you kill us! Every dragon in the Dragonlands will come for you!!!"

"Dragonlands? I've never heard of such a place, nor have I stolen anything worth the effort,"

"Play dumb all you want, but the sky will burn crimson from Equis to Earth until we get our eggs back!!!"

Smolder's struggle renewed as General Tao absorb her words. "Equis, you say. Hmm, I suppose this attack isn't random. But it is a nuisance that I won't tolerate..." General Tao points his attack right at Smolder's face as the dragon pales. "You know, your defiant attitude and color scheme reminds me of someone I loathe. You may not be Son Goku, but I shall enjoy ending your life all the same,"

"AAAAARGH!!!"

All the attention snaps toward Spike, who ripped the arm of the battle suit and plugged it through the glass dome. The inside got a healthy coating of red before the armor fell over. The other mech suit turned its freezing faucets on him. Spike took an aggressive toward it as his aura flares out. The freezing stream stood no chance against Spike's power - pushing back the mech's attack - and freeing Ember in the process. The battle suit's hands froze over while Ember attacks. Her claws puncture the glass dome with ease as she grabs the soldier's face. Any pleas the human had fallen short as a blast destroys most of the torso of the suit. Spike glances at her with a glare as Ember flinches. She nods as they stood back to back. More mech suits, along with foot infantry, surrounded the two dragons. A look of intrigue appears on General Tao's face. The enemy begins to corner the two drakes. However, Ember brings her specter back to her hand. The two grips the staff, holding it above their heads as the bloodstone glowed. The army unleashed their arsenal, but a barrier of heat protects the Dragonlord and King Consort.

"Secert Art: Burning Desolation!"

There was a bright flash of orange and red that covered the area. The air around the humans began to distort as the temperature rises. One of the pilots watched on in horror as the suits' arm began to melt. The same effect happened to the weapons in the infantry's hands, causing the men to drop them. That was the least of the Red Ribbon's worries. General Tao's eyes went wide as half his forces instantly immolated from the heat. Smolder chuckles weakly as the General begins to sweat - whether due to the excitement or nervousness, she didn't know - but the young dragon delighted in seeing the human's smugness falter.

"What's wrong? Things got too hot for you?" Smolder taunted.

In response, General Tao tosses Smolder harshly onto her brother before facing the duo. "Bring out the Skull Armor unit!"

He orders while calmly walking to his foes. Two doors split art from the ground as a platform rises from the opening. There, six new adversaries glared at Spike and Ember with piercing red eyes. They were slightly hunched over while standing fifteen feet tall. The head of the machine resembled a skull that curved upwards. The left arm was another rifle, while the right hand held the hilt of a sword. At the base of its back, a tail swings side to side - reflecting in the sunlight. The skull Armor unit all raised their right arm with the hilt. Burning hot plasma erupts from the guard - taking the form of an elongated claymore - as the skull armor unit readies for battle. General Tao felt his smug grin return.



"You two lizard seems more capable than the rest of your ilk. Allow me to test you with my skull warriors,"

Spike snarls as he responds. "It'll be the last test you administer...!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOID9JXwkL8&t=29s

General smirks again before blitzing at the two dragons with incredible velocity. Simultaneously, the Skull Armor unit aimed their left arm and bath the area in flames. Spike and Ember watched on in shock as they saw the human attacked by his forces. Spike never saw the attack coming; instead, he felt it. General Tao emerged with his fist meeting Spike's face. The blow staggered Spike and left Ember dumbfounded. General Tao spins on his heels, elbows Ember to the back of her head. The Dragonlord fell back into the flames as General Tao applied more pressure on Spike. Ember pulls herself from the ground as a shadow looms over her. Through the fire, the red eyes of a skull Armor glare down at her. She barely had enough time to roll out of the way as the hot plasma scars the Earth. She sent a defiant roar as her aura flares out. The skull machine launched its tail to try to impale its tail, but Ember was faster. Ember slams her claws into the eyes and slams it against the ground. Ember prepared to remove its head from its shoulder but never got the chance. A shift in the air told the Dragonlord to dodge - and so she did - thus narrowly avoiding becoming a dragon pincushion. Looking back, the other two Skull Warrior destroyed one of their own. A tail and claymore were jutting out of its torso and headpiece.

"What have you done!?" Ember exclaimed. "You slew your kinsmen!!!"

"..."

"..."

The lack of response forms a snarl on Ember's features. "Don't you care when one of yours dies!? What kind of heartless beings are you!?"

Silence, once again, was the only answer. Suddenly, both of the Skull's jaws fell open - revealing a hidden barrel. Ember's eyes widen further as the light began to focus within the muzzle. The attack sailed across the battlefield as other dragons scrambled to safety. Ember nimbly maneuvers through the air as the death beams try to end her life. She notices that the Skull units were intent on completing their objective regardless of any consequences. She smirks as an idea begins to form. Ember started flickering from different locations as the beams narrowly missed upon reappearance. However, her actions put the two skulls out of sync, making the next phase of her plan easier. Ember reappears in between the two Skulls with a whistle. The two machines both turned to the drinking. They charged their attack once again before Ember disappears - forcing the two Skull Armor to destroy each other with their offense. Ember flickers back on the battlefield with a satisfied snort - admiring her handiwork - before regaining her specter.

Elsewhere, Spike was not having a good time. The fire was all around him, thanks to the three Skull Armor dowsing the area. That wouldn't affect any dragon, least of all himself, but the problem lay with General Tao. Spike couldn't sense his energy, no matter how hard he tried. While he couldn't detect the General's presence, he certainly felt it. The human was striking every part of his body in a span of a few seconds. A chop to the back of the head made Spike stumble forward. A fist buried in his gut nearly knock the wind out of him. Spike tried to counter, but the GeneralGeneral was gone before he made contact. Spike attempted to take out the three Skull armors but found himself thwarted by Tao at every opportunity. The General was ruthless in his assault as he pelted Spike with a series of combinations to his body. Finally, Spike had enough. King consort lowered his guard and allowed General Tao to use him as a punching bag. He focused on his Ki while ignoring the blows on his person. A moment later, Spike thrust his arms outward as a shockwave followed. The flames dispersed as General Tao shields himself. Spike grabs General Tao by his shirt with the fire gone - as he sends an almost wicked smile at the assassin.

"I got you!" Spike grins.

"Eh!?" General Tao exclaimed.

Spike shifts his weight while bringing General Tao's arm over his left shoulder. The assassin grunted as Spike tosses him into one of the Skulls. The machine recoiled from the blow as it caught its master with the left arm. Spike spins on his heels to face the other two robots while the General recovers. Flexing his claws, Spike sent a barrage of Ki blades at them. The weapon passed the skulls by, and for a moment, nothing happened. The two machines glance at each other before turning back to Spike. The mechs brought their claymores up and took a single step forward before promptly falling to pieces. Spike whips back around to the last remaining Skull Armor unit and General Tao. The General had enough time to open his eyes before Spike flew past the Skull warrior. Its head soon followed as it fell over. General Tao kicks off the destroyed robot as he frowns.

"Impressive. You handle yourself quite well. However, don't expect a battle with me to go so easily reptile," General Tao said, taking a stance.

"I think you're confused about something, human!" Spike spat, taking a stance of his own. "You're not dealing with the average dragon anymore," The tone in Spike's voice grew slightly deeper as his aura distort the air around him.

"Oh? So what are you? A Super Dragon? A true freak?" Although the general watches his opponent with amusement, he began to sweat.

Instantly, Spike appeared in front of General Tao in a crouching position. He cocks back his right arm before launching an uppercut into Tao's stomach. The mercenary's feet left the ground as his face contorted in pain. His body flew several feet before landing harshly on his back. Grunting in pain, General Tao stares wide-eyed at Spike, who glares back with hatred. "I'm the devil...!"


[Secert Lab - Videl POV.]


It took longer than I would've liked getting here - then again, I can't fly like the others - I have to learn how these guys did that. Regardless, I was sure that these people were the same ones from the Cell Games. But I can't worry about that now. The lab didn't have any security like the others - that bugged me a little - since I wanted to hit something. It didn't long to find that portal gizmo. I crouched down in front of it, ready to jump at a moment's notice, when I heard something over the comms. "Hey, Yamcha here. I got to the lab and destroyed the portal there. No hostages, though,"

"Same with Tien and I,"

"I got here too late. Goten and Chi-Chi were waking up, though,"

"Then there's only two locations left as I destroyed mine. Videl, you ready?" Ms. Brief asked.

I ignored their voices for the most part. The teleporter started humming before glowing brightly. Then, the hostages appeared, and I broke into a sprint. But I stopped when I looked at the boy. He was a dead ringer for Son Goku. He must be his son, which meant that these people were Gohan's family members. There wasn't a single shred of doubt who the Great Saiyaman was under that bucket helmet now. I watched as the boy's eyes start to flutter open and look at me in confusion. It was only when the portal again did I remember my job. "Shoot!!!" I resumed my sprint, but I was too late. They were gone as I jumped into space. "Darn it!!!" I quickly went over to a nearby console and ripped it apart, causing the lab to shut down, along with the teleporter. "This lab is toast, but I lost the hostage..." I clenched my fist as I said that. I let myself get distracted over something stupid, and other people are paying for it.

"...It's ok, Videl. At least there's only one place they could be right now,"

I was starting running for the exit as I leap into my vehicle. "Yeah, the hostages should be right with Gohan!"

"Wait, what!?" I switched off the communicator as I rocketed off into the distance.

episode 10: Wrath of the Dragons! part 2 (Edited)

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity is struggling on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Red Ribbon Main Command Center - Scootaloo POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ROdlZi45Q&list=PLvGjCopMYQ5lSCDbWvJCqwfyDrdI79o7H&index=11

I didn't know a burnt body could smell so bad. It's way different from that time Goku cooked meat back during our training. I think the only thing worse than burning flesh is the fact that there's a burnt corpse in the first place. The dragons have it in for these red ribbon guys in the worst way possible. But why would Spike and Ember allow this? Especially Spike! What would Goku think? I was going to find them and get answers. Hopefully, there's a good reason for all this death! We started moving toward the remaining Ki signatures. That's when we found some dragons fighting more Red Ribbon goons. There were more dead bodies of humans, and a few dragons, as I noticed something. Smolder was here dragging an injured dragon away from the lasers. I instantly got them out of there while Gohan and Piccolo handled the troops. Smolder had bruises from head to claw. I wasn't to see Garble here. I frowned a little - remembering what he Did to Rainbow Dash - until I saw the gaping hole in his chest and wing. Garble was trying to act tough, but his pained gasp made that impossible. Smolder looked at me with a pleading face. I shook my head and sighed. I may not like Garble, but I can't let him suffer.

"I didn't think it would be this bad..," I said, fishing out my Senzu beans and handing both to them. "Why are you guys here?"

Garble snorts fire at my question. "Don't worry, you prissy pony head over it. We're here on official Dragon business!"

"Garble!" Smolder scolded, causing Garble to flinch.

"And, uh, t-thanks?"

I Scoffed at him before looking toward the fighting. "Whatever. Let's get back to the beatdown!"

With Gohan, Piccolo, and yours truly helping out, we easily beat back the Red Ribbon troops. Smolder handled herself well. I guess Spike and Ember taught her some sweet moves. But, I noticed how things turned south for the humans in a hurry. The dragons were playing for keeps in the most brutal way possible. I saw one of the bigger dragons swallow entire groups of humans whole. Other dragons used their claws to slice them to ribbons - pun not intended - while others squashed under their bodies. The worst part was the screams. Finding a burnt corpse and seeing it happen were two different things. It was starting to look like we're on the wrong side here. Over to my left, Garble caught a human in a headlock.

"Hey, Smolder, I caught one for you. What do you think his insides look like?"

Now, I knew Smolder from school. She was catching on to her friendship lesson nicely. She was like the girl version of Spike with extra snark thrown into the mix. I never thought I would see them flex her claws and go in for the kill like this. And she would've too if Gohan hadn't stepped in to stop her. He grabs her by the wrist as she struggled. "That's enough!!!"

"Hey, what gives?" Garble asked. "My sister was about to get her first kill!"

"Sister!?" I said in shock.

Piccolo landed next to me with a glare. "Focus!" I chuckled lamely at my mistake.

Gohan turns to Garble with a frown. "It's clear we Red Ribbon is beaten! We will bring them in for their crimes, not butcher them like savages!"

Garble snarls at Gohan. "These hairless apes have it coming. No one messing with the clutch and gets away with it!"

"Spike wouldn't agree that!" I hollered.

Garble then sent a smug grin at us. "The king consort gave the order himself!"

I was about to call him a liar when Ember joined us. "It's the truth. Spike and I cosigned on this decision!" Ember's hand shot out and grips that Red Ribbon guy by the neck. The glare she gives that guy sent a chill through my spine. "These humans committed the most grievous crime of stealing our eggs! Hatchlings are the future of the dragons. They mean everything to a dragon. Those that attempt to harm our future..."

*Snap*

The man didn't struggle anymore as he went still. With a flick of her wrist, Ember snaps his neck like a twig before tossing him away. "...Will find their future sealed! Dragons! Tear this place asunder! We will find our progeny!!!"

The dragons all roared in approval as they left. "It's not that simple! Ember! You always wanted to help dragon be better than this! You won't be any better than these jerks at this rate!" I said. "They got Gohan's family! We need to save them, not help kill them!!!"

Ember pauses at that, and I see a flash of regret before her face hardens again. "...I've given my order. I suggest you hurry,"

Gohan, Piccolo, and I left the area to find his mother and brother. We could feel their Ki buried underground. However, before we could do anything, a loud boom went off. We stopped our advance to find Spike locking arms with another human. It was that guy that was bragging earlier for kidnapping Goten and Chi-Chi. The human's shirt was gone, and blood was dripping down his chin. Spike was shirtless too, but he didn't seem as hurt. He had this smile that sent shivers down my spine. The strangest thing was that I could feel anything from the guy. It was the same as those androids back in North City. Not that it mattered Spike was wasting the guy. He broke the stalemate with a headbutt that made the stagger. The man tried to stab Spike with a dagger to his eye, but Spike bats his wrist away and slashes his stomach, I was sure the guy was dead, but the human managed to avoid the worst of it. Apart from me wanted to jump to get some licks in, but Spike had it handled, and something tells me he would appreciate us stepping on his fight.

"Your mother and brother are right below us," Piccolo said, gaining our attention.

"Akright, I'm up," I said, bringing my fingers to my forehead. We were in the same room as before; only Goten and Chi-Chi were waiting for us. Expect that now they were sitting in a forefield.

"Do you knuckle gragger have any idea who we are!? I have half a mind to teach you all a listen in respect!" Chi Chi shrieked.

"Mom! Goten!" Gohan shout, gaining their attention.

"Gohan?" Chi-Chi asked.

"Gohan!" Goten exclaimed with joy.

Piccolo destroys some console controlling the shield. Gohan and family all hugged each other in a true mushy fashion. "I'm glad you're both safe,"

"What's going on, Gohan? The last thing I remember was hiring a new tutor before falling asleep. Then Goten and I woke up here! Is this a prank!"

"There were a lot of guys running around here like they were scared or something," Goten added.

"The new Red Ribbon Army kidnapped you both," Gohan said.

"That guy from the twenty-third martial arts tournament?" Chi-Chi asked, and we nodded. "Urgh! Even dead, Goku still finds ways to stir up trouble," Just then, an earthquake shook the ceiling above us.

"We can save the pleasantries until after we left. I doubt the Equis dragons are keen on leaving any survivors,"

"Hold up, I can feel more dragons, but the signatures are weak. They're coming from inside the base," I said, trying to get a better lock on what I'm sensing. Once I got it, I brought us to a nursery of all things. There were dozens of dragon eggs sitting on some weird platform. But at least it's clear why the dragons are mad. "These idiots stole dragon eggs!?"

"That explains their hostility towards everyone on this base," Picciolo noted.

"The eggs are inside an incubation chamber. Was the Red Ribbon trying to hatch them?" Gohan asked.

I threw my hands up in the air as I spoke. "Who cares? If we bring the eggs back to Spike and Ember, then they'll stop the dragons!"

Piccolo studies me without saying a word before he lifted the eggs with his mind. I gently rest my hand on them while everyone grabs hold of me. I sure hope eggs don't get motion sickness. I did the process and teleported back outside. He'll see that the eggs are safe and stop acting like the next big villain. He's been weird ever since Goku died. I didn't know what to expect, but it sure wasn't this scene. Spike was grappling with the human again. But this time, his entire jaw was bitting down on that guy's arm. I started to call it to him before Spike went too far. I didn't make it in time.


*RIP*


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_lAuTRRCI

[Third Person OV.]



It started as a simple motion. Spike was jerking his left as General Tao's arm followed. The assassin stumbles back in disbelief, clutching his severed limb as blood spattered on the ground. A lesser man would've been howling in pain before slipping into shock. However, the pain Tao felt had been reduced - dulled even - to allow him to keep fighting. He had to thank the doctor for her updates. But he could feel something else rising within his being-- fear. Spike chucks away the severed limb while licking at the fluids on his chin. He darts forward with his claws primed to tear General Tao to shreds. The mercenary leaps back while defending against the relentless slashes. One particular swipe cut off General Tao's ponytail. Gritting his teeth, General Tao took his stump and points at Spike. A barrel exits the wound and sprays more liquid nitrogen. Spike stops his assault as his arms froze over. Undeterred by the surprise attack, Spike flickers behind General Tao. Cloaking h in his Ki, Spike shatters the ice against General Tao's back.

The deadly assassin stumbles forward before taking a knee. A missile emerges from the joint and launches at the drake, who opens his mouth in response. There was a small explosion that proved ineffective against the King Consort. General Tao begins to sweat as Spike stalks towards him. Reaching into his pockets, General Tao tosses several grenades. Spike looks at the objects in confusion until they emitted an ear-piercing sound, bringing the Drak to his knees. General Tao was on Spike in seconds, launching a barrage of kicks to the temple. For the moment, General had the advantage. That is until Spike released a roar that destroyed the sonic grenades and damaged General Tao's eardrums. Spike slams his tail into General Tao's chest as he stumbles back and lays sprawl out on the earth. General Tao spits up the taste of dirt in his mouth as he glares at Spike.

"Insipid little reptile! Do you know who you're up against!?"

"Nope, can't say I care either. You could be the king of all humans for all that's worth,"

General Tao makes it back to one knee as he grunts in pain. "I am General Tao! I am the leader of the world's most dominant army in any world!"

Spike scoffs at this. "All I see is a weak little man whining like a child. Seriously, noisemakers, firecrackers, cold water. Do all these little toys help hide your average skill level? It says a lot about the humans in this world if they let you jokers run amok," General Tao was growing more and more frustrated with every word.

"Hey!" Spike turned to see Yamcha shaking an irritated fist at him. He returned with the others not too long ago during the fight. With the lull in combat, Yamcha voiced his grievances. "The Red Ribbon might be a joke to you, but they caused serious trouble back in the day! Don't forget that these came back to kill Goku!"

Spike slaps his hand against his head as he laughs. "Oh, yeah! I remember now! Didn't Goku beat you, dorks, as a kid? Then that kooky doctor built a bunch of robots to kill later? Can you bring those guys out? They might be an actual challenge,"

The rage General Tao felt was almost palpable. "You dare mock me...!"

Spike merely shrugs. "Well, yeah, it's easy. I mean, I thought you had androids that could battle a Super Saiyan. But, they must've decided to make you with discount parts or something,"

"Enough!!!" General Tao thrust out his chest as his chest fold opens, reveals another barrel. His remaining arm dislodges from his wrist as the light begins to gather. Three orbs appeared in front of his wrist and chest, connected by a chain link of electricity. Dust and debris start to rise in the air as the ground quakes. The bystanders shields themselves as the sparks grew more violent. "Ultra Dodan Ray!!!" The blast tore the earth asunder as it traveled to its target. It painted the sky with a blend of orange and yellow as it reached the King Consort. Spike brings up his guard before a deafening bomb goes off. A dome of light shrouds his forms as it expands. General Tao pants from extortion as the residual effects of the blast fade away. He smirks while staring into smoke ahead, and There, he could see a prone outline hunched over the ground. "Hehehe! That forked tongue of yours couldn't save from-- A.C.K.!?"

General Tao's words fell on dear ears as a purple tail burst from the ground and wraps around his neck. Tao looks back at the smoke with a panicked expression as Spike's form was clear as day. The attack did little more than scuffed up his scales while his tail impaled the earth. The same bone-chilling grin grew on Spike's face as he yanks his tail out from the ground. General Tao suddenly felt pulled forward, his face dragging against the unforgiving soil, as Spike slams him down over his shoulder. A gasp of breath General Tao as his body bounces off the ground. He pivots his hips and repeats the process several times over. Spike whips his tail upwards while releasing his grip, causing General Tao to flail helplessly in the air. Spike crouch down while flexing his claws as he made several swiping passes on Tao during his descent. Several gashes and lacerations littered General Tao's body by the time he hit the ground. Spike reappears on the ground next to Tao. He snorts in disgust as the man tried to crawl away, but the injuries were too serve. Spike reaches down and pulls his head up by the cut ponytail. It was hard to make out the General's face as blood poured from the various cuts. Spike primes his claws with one final target in mind-- General Tao's throat. General Tao felt a sense of renewed fear as Spike struck.

However, the death blow never came. "Stop it, Spike..." Scootaloo said, gripping Spike's wrist tightly.

"What gives, Scoots? I was about to finish up a tin man over here," Spike said.

"You got him already. The eggs are safe. You can stop it!"

"It's not that simple. Dragon conduct says anyone that harms the egg meets the business end of a set of claws!"

A growl escaped Scootaloo's muzzle. "That's not how to do things! We fight the bad guys. We beat the bad guys. We don't kill them!" Her aura flared up subtly with Spike's own. Scootaloo noted that she feels that malicious presence again. But she didn't care.

"Tell that to Sombra, Chrysalis, and Tirek. Better yet, the pony way of doing things might be worse than dragons. At least, we don't trap creatures on or inside a rock for thousands of years. I call that cruel and unusual punishment - driving creatures insane with solitude would be a fate worse than death. But since this is earth, not Equis - plus, no elements - we'll end things the fun-- Oof!"

An orange furred fist socked Spike right in the jaw, forcing him to drop General Tao. He stumbles back a few steps before glaring at Scootaloo. The pegasus glares as her body shudders. "AND WHAT WOULD GOKU THINK ABOUT THIS, HUH!? WE LEARNED NEVER TO HURT OR KILL, BUT TO SURPASS OUR LIMITS. TO BECOME THE GREATEST VERSION OF OURSELVES! IS THIS HOW YOU HONOR THE KAMESENN-RYU? WOULD GOKU APPROVE?"

Spike flinches as he looks around. The dragons were on his side, save for the small amount of doubt on Smolder. However, the Z warriors held varying degrees of disapproval, especially Krillin, Yamcha, and Gohan. Tien steps forwards as his eyes spike critically. "I once looked up to this man," He gestures to General Tao. "He was the brother to Master Crane - Chaoztu and I former mentor - of the Crane style school. Back then, I thought being a Martial Artists meant crushing your opponents till they pleaded for mercy. My master and General Tao nurtured those negative feelings, forging me into a deadly weapon, much like themselves. It wasn't until Goku showed me how misguided I was that I realized the truth. Anger and revenge are a position to all consumed by it. You are a leader. Goku's student. Be the example he was and turn away from this path,"

Spike was silent as he considered Tien's words. He looks back at General Tao, who trembles under his gaze before scoffing. "Whatever," Spike walks away from everyone and to the eggs. Ember was there looking them over as he nods to her.

The dragonlord raises the bloodstone specter and encases them in a red aura. "The eggs are reclaimed. Our future remains strong! The mark of Scorch Earth shall remain in these weak hearts for the rest of their days!" The dragons all roared in agreement. "Hit the skies, drakes! Return to the Dragonlands!"

Our heroes watched as the dragons flew off in the direction of capsule corp. Scootaloo's gaze lingered on Spike before he was out of sight. She gave a somber sigh as Gohan rest a hand on her shoulder. "Do you think he'll listen? I don't want him to end up..."

"He reacted when you brought my father, and you're right, he wouldn't approve of Spike's actions," Gohan said.

"I think it's too early to rule anything out," Piccolo suddenly said. "No one knows better than how fury can influence one's actions. He will need to sort these feels out for himself. Although..." Piccolo smirks as he looks at Scootaloo. "Like me, if he gets too rowdy, you can always be there to give him a reality check,"

Scootaloo grins while slamming her fist. "Hehe, right!"

"So, what about him?" Yamcha said, pointing to General Tao.

Gohan frowns as he started to approach, but Tien beats him to it. "I would've thought you finally learned your lesson by now, General,"

Tao spat up a gout of blood as he responds. "S-save me, your prattling boy!"

Tien shook his head in disappointment. "Humility is a lesson I gained from defeat. It calms the mind and cleanses the heart of wicked desires. Surely, you realize that the path you walk is the path to your destruction,"

"S-so sanctimonious now, aren't you? You think yourself my better because I lay broken on the dirt? You always neglected a pivotal lesson when it comes to Martial Arts,"

Tien narrows his eyes. "And what is that?"

"You're only beaten when you accept defeat!!!" General Tao opens his mouth wide to reveal a flashbang between his teeth.
The grenade goes off with a blinding flash as everyone shields themselves. General Tao took this moment to flee through one of the exposed panels and enact his escape. "Gera!!!" He called out, rushing through the corridors of the facility. "Where are you?"

"I'm inside lab B finishing the data I recovered. You best make your way here to ready the escape plan," Dr. Gera said over the intercom.

General Tao sprinted as far as his broken body could take until he reached the lab. However, he stops at the sight of Dr. Gera typing away at the console. On-screen was a D.N.A. strand of a human and dragon. "What are you doing? We need to make our escape! Those fools will be on us any second now!"

"Hmm? Oh, I'm just compiling the data on the integration of the dragon cells I recovered. I may have to spice it down beforehand. Dragons appear to have aggressive tendencies that hinder cohesive responses for bodily functions,"

General Tao felt his right eye twitch. "W-what? How did you get dragon D.N.A.!?"

"From those eggs. I needed them for another project. Plus, I wanted to enact a field test,"

"Y-you brought those miserable reptiles to our base!? Do you have any idea what you've done!? Our equipment! Our personnel! The bases defense, armaments, and machinery! All of it is now nothing more than ashes!!!"

"I know. I honestly thought the new Red Ribbon would fare better than that. Oh, well,"

Dr. Gera's relaxed tone and betrayal pushed General Tao over the edge. General Tao extends another blade as he leaps toward her. "DIIIIEEEE!!!!!"

Without looking behind her, Gera presses a button on the console. General Tao immediately pauses before hitting the ground. General grits his teeth as he tried to move but to no avail. "W-what have you done to m-me!?!?"

"I shut down all your essential motor functions. It's a feature Dr. Gero installed to keep the android under control. Though, it didn't do him much good since they destroyed him upon activation. Luckily, I'm not so careless. Your body will shut down in a few minutes," Gera finished typing on the console as a counter replaces the data on the screen. It displays a total of one minute, zero seconds. "To tell you the truth, General Tao. I never intended to rebuild the Red Ribbon Army. I mean, why bring back an organization that lost to a mere child? Granted, Son Goku was far from ordinary. But it still stands that they were grossly underprepared for threats beyond the scope of the earth. That's another reason I brought the Equis dragons here. If you couldn't handle otherwordly dragons, then the Red Ribbon was dead on arrival before we even touch Equis soil,"

"Y-You traitours wench--" General Tao barely manages to shift his head as Gera hits another button. The numbers began counting down. Gera wags a finger at his language.

"You personify the Red Ribbon Army as a whole. A self-serving lout too caught up in the fraction of power you wield. I'm after far greater ambitions than mere global domination. But that's not to say I didn't want to betray you completely. Your performance today solidified my low expectations of you, that's all," Gera went to console again as she turned the intercoms. "Warning! This facility will self-destruct in thirty seconds. Please make your way to the designated escape pods," She turned off the intercoms while picking up a bag. Shifting through it, she places a metal band on her wrist while pointing her arm in space. A small hole appears in the air as it grew to her height. She turns back to Tao with a please smirk. "You like this? I managed to outfit the portal frame to a more portable size. Pun unintended. A quick and instant way for interplanetary travel. Anyway, it's time to close the chapter on the Red Ribbon Army. Goodbye, General,"

With no more delays, Gera walks through the portal as it slowly closes. General Tao continues to watch with gritted teeth and rising panic. The lights around him flash bright red as the blaring alarms hit his ears. There was a small part of himself screaming at his utter ineptitude. He should've left well enough alone. He should've remained a bodyguard to low rent mobsters. At least then, General Tao knew there wouldn't face threats of alien boys and humanoids. But, Gera's words cut far more profound than the deadliest assassin cared to admit. He wanted the glory days back, where the Red Ribbon was a force beyond measure. A global influence that no one could topple no matter what they did. Only this time, it was General Tao's moment. This time, He would be the mastermind. All the resources, all the technology, all the human resources would be his to command. General Tao could see himself standing at the capital of the world as the president signs over control to him and him alone. The Red Ribbon's final victory was achieved and a life well-lived. It was a good dream. Sadly for General Tao, ideas often end before you get to the good part. His bloodshot eyes shifted to counter - revealing scarcely a few seconds left. He looks back to Gera, who sends him a wave accompanied by a cute smile. General Tao's eyes went wide as the portal closes, and the timer reaches zero. He felt fear for the last time. Then, he felt nothing.

episode 11: Secrets Revealed!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Capsule Corporation - Bulma's office - Gohan's POV.]



Bulma had a coffee mug in her hand while the other one rubs her temples. Piccolo took my mother and Goten back home. He offered to watch over them, which was a load off my mind. The rest of us went to Capsule Corp. Spike and the others left before we got here. I have to make an effort to talk with when I'm back on Equis. Bulma brought us to her office with Dr. Briefs. We told her everything about what happened - from Spike's fight to the base's destruction - as she grew annoyed. She sat down on her chair with a mug of coffee. She took a slip before rubbing her temples. She looked at us with tired eyes. "Ok, run this by me again. After the fight, General Tao runs back into his base, you all went after him, and Gera activated the base self-destruction feature, right?"

"Yep," Scootaloo said with a smile. I could she's excited to tell her side of the story. "There were seconds to spare. The whole base had blaring alarms and flashing red colors. I jumped into the air and grabbed everyone - bringing my fingers to my head - and teleporting out of there! We appeared on a hilltop and watched in silence as the Red Ribbon base exploded. The goods save the day again!"

Scootaloo finishes with a smile and thumbs up. Videl, however, smirks at her. "Oh yeah, it was a page straight out of a comic book. And if we're following comic book, then it's safe to assume the bad guy got away,"

That remark earned Videl a glare. "She right, you know," Bulma said. "Why would she warn you of an imminent explosion if the intention was to kill you,"

"Hmm, I venture a guess that she knows using explosive against you lot would be useless. Perhaps it was her way of saying she concedes defeat for now," Dr. Briefs speculated.

"Having someone like her still roaming around could be problematic. If she can upgrade General Tao to that extent, then we can't wait for her to regain new forces," Tien stated.

"You got any ideas on where she could've gone?" Yamcha asked.

Bulma sighs while taking a drink. "None what's so ever. That's the frustrating thing about self-destructing protocols. They tend to make it hard to find the ones that activated it,"

"That's perfect..." Krillin sighs as he crosses his arms behind his head. "Looks like we're stuck waiting on the sidelines again..."

"Looks like it. I've notified President Gruff on the other Red Ribbon outpost. They'll be sending some specialists to dismantle them. I've also enacted a program to scan for any more of those isotopes from our satellites. There won't be anywhere on Earth Gera can hide," Bulma said.

"I've updated the security of our systems. Gera will have a hard time hacking into our network again," Dr. Briefs stated.

"So, do we call this a win?" Yamcha offers.

I shook my head at that. "It's more like a stalemate for now. We should keep a constant vigil for her nefarious misconduct!"

'Ha! Nailed it!' Scootaloo groaned from my side while Krillin and others tried not to laugh. I don't get what was funny. The only one who was quiet was Videl. I would catch eyeing me with that same look, only more focused than usual. Before I could ask what was wrong, she went to leave the room. "Ms. Videl?"

Videl stops and looks back at me. "What is it?"

"Where are you going?"

"Back to Equis. Seeing as how Gera is either dead or bidding her time, I don't see a reason to stay. Besides, I bet the princesses would love a report," Videl gives me that same look again. "Besides, I got some friends I want to catch up with back at the school,"

"Oh, that's right!" Scootaloo said. She turns to Bulma.

Bulma waves her off. "Go ahead, you three. Give princesses my regards and tell them they won't have to worry about any illegal weapons on their borders anymore,"

"Then I guess I'm out of here too," Yamcha said. He points to himself with a confident smile. "This guy's got a hot date with a total babe tonight,"

I saw Krillin close his eyes slightly while leaning to Scootaloo. "We better keep an eye out for Yamcha's new girl. She might be another villain in disguise," Scootaloo laughs into her hand while Yamcha frowns.

"Hey! This time will be different!" Yamcha exclaims.

Tien chuckles while shaking his head. "I'm afraid that's one battle you may never win, Yamcha,"

"Oh, yeah?" Yamcha smiles as he crosses his arms. "How's Launch?"

"Hrk!" Huh, it was weird seeing Tien's cheeks turn red. He's always stoic like Piccolo. "Ahem. We, uh, worked out an agreement,"

"She's in the village tending Tien's farm," Chaoztu said. Tien looked spooked at that.

"Wait. Did launch find you again?" Bulma asked before smiling. "How is your favorite stalker? It seems you two tied the knot after all this time~,"

Tien coughs into his hand as he turns away. "I assure you our relationship is purely platonic. Let's go, Chaoztu,"

"Platonic, my flanks. I bet the three of them are in a herd," Scootaloo said out aloud.

That remark got both Tien and Chaoztu to flinch and whip their heads back. They appeared before Scootaloo - both of their faces being as red as those dots on Chaoztu's cheeks - and screamed at her. "I.T. "S NOT LIKE THAT!!!"

All of us laughed as Scootaloo hunches away from the duo. "Jeez, it was a joke,"

"I don't know. I don't think I ever saw Tien without Chaoztu tagging along," Yamcha grinned.

Tien stares at Yamcha blankly before turning to Chaoztu. They both nod to each other as Chaoztu holds out his hands. Yamcha found himself constricted by Chaoztu's telekinetic grip. Tien steps up to Yamcha as he struggles to free himself. "Bulma. Do you happen to have a permanent marker? Launch tells me that one must look their best when dating,"

"Whoa, h-hang on a second!" Yamcha said nervously.

"I wholeheartedly agree," Bulma said, hand Tien the marker.

"C-Come on, Tien. This date might be the most important night of my life," Yamcha said nervously.

"I know. I merely want to help you prosper, Yamcha," Tien said.

"Yeah, buddy, we all want what's best for you," Krillin said with a marker of his own.

At the corner of my eye, Videl shakes her head and leaves the room. I gestured to Scootaloo to follow along. The last thing I heard from Yamcha was a high-pitched scream. "NOOOOOOO....!"


[Equis - Canterlot lower district - Gera's POV.]



"This place has far too many pastel colors," I groaned.

Seriously, it was like I stepped into a children's coloring book. But at least my teleporter performed as expected. A shame the general failed in my last experiment. Oh well, no time to lament the past. My new order of business was finding the ones responsible for the disappearances. Since I'm not here through the proper channels, I decided to work my way through the slums. The plan was simple: Attain the E.A.T. fighter registry. Having a complete list of fighters will work wonders for finding my target. Turning into an alley, I caught sight of a unicorn pony gesturing towards me. A small smile worked its way on my face. I could hear eight pairs of hooves clopping behind me as I stopped at the dead end. Deciding to play the role of a damsel in distress, I looked back and forth in a confused fashion. I even made small whimpers to sell my position.

"Are you lost, ma'am?" The unicorn asks.

"Oh dear, oh my! I seem to be lost!"

The ponies chuckle at my tone. "Canterlot is a big city, miss. It's easy for non-ponies like yourself to get lost. Where you headed?"

He likes to play with his prey, huh? "I'm looking for the E.A.T. sign-in stand. I want to fight in the tournament!"

"You're a fighter from the human world?" I nodded. The group looks at me for a few seconds before breaking out in laughter. "What is it with humans thinking they can hang with Equestrians? I doubt you could take any of us, let alone our prizefighters. But, I'm a gentle colt. We can help you to the registry for the right price,"

Now it was my turn to smirk. "Actually. I need one of you boys to go in my stead. I am a bit of a criminal myself," They looked surprised when I called them, but I continued, dropping my innocent facade. "Don't look so shocked, boys. You're not the pinnacle of the law-abiding citizens. I blind person could see how rotten you are. A bit surprising given how pure this world seems. Now then..." I appeared before the leader - grasping by the unicorn by the horn - and slamming onto the ground. He bounced up and gasped from the force of impact. His henchmen - hench ponies? - stood in shock before coming to their leader's defense. I spun and backhand one of them into the alley wall. The pony left a large hole with his legs hanging out. Rushing forward, I kicked another pony into his friend onto the opposite wall. The pony I kicked was out cold while the other sat on the ground dazed. The last remaining pony took out a knife and threw it at my face. I turned my head enough to let fly by as if it hit me. Turning back, I saw the pony's expression go from smug to horror. I twiddle my fingers at him while the knife was in between my teeth. The pony finally wised up and ran away. I shrugged my shoulders and to the leader. He just got his head off the ground, only to have a knife aimed at the base of his horn.

"H-hey, Hey! No need to do anything untold to me! I-I was testing you, you know! The competition is stiff this year, and I didn't want a pretty lady like yourself getting hurt! I-"

"Quiet!" I hate groveling. "I believe earlier you said that you were a gentleman, that right?" The unicorn did expect smiles at me. He probably thought I forgot about his remaining ally. I squashed those delusions by backhanding the pony over my left shoulder. He crumbled to a heap as I turn back to the leader. "ready to cooperate?" The unicorn nods very enthusiastically. "Good. You better hurry back here with a complete list of all the fighters thus far - or else I'm going to lop off that horn - haha,"


[School of Friendship - Gohan's POV.]



"Gohan," Diamond Tiara whined. "Why aren't you paying attention to me?!" The other girls shot her a glare as she nuzzled my shoulder. We were sitting outside the school in the park for lunch. The girls wanted to catch up while we talked about the mission.

"Oh, sorry, D.T. I'm still thinking about Gera," I said.

"Thinking about a human mare while neglecting your herd? Gohan, how could you!?" Sweetie Belle said in a Rarity-like fashion. She even put her hand across her forward for the dramatic effect.

"We let go back to the human world for a day, and this happens. It looks like we might need to reign him in for house training," Silver Spoon joked.

Thankfully, Applebloom was on my side. "Why Ya worried about her? From what Ya told us, she's as rotten as a maggot filled apple,"

I cross my arms as I took a thoughtful expression. "The base exploding was an obvious ploy for Gera's and General Tao's escape. I'm wondering where they could've gone too,"

"I'm going with a secret tunnel," Scootaloo said, sipping a drink. "We spent some time watching the other dragons, not to mention..." I could tell why she stopped as a flash of sadness went over Scoot's face. "Spike's fight with Tao,"

Applebloom pats her shoulder while Sweetie squeezes her hand. "It's alright, Scoots. Spike was probably just worried about their eggs. He didn't mean to act like a - well - a..."

"A Jerk?" Silver Spoon says.

"A Flankhole?" Diamond Tiara stated bluntly.

"Stubborn as a mule?" Applebloom offers.

"Yes," Sweeties said simply. "He's might be under a lot of stress,"

"Hmph. Who cares!? If he wants to act like my mother when she's hoof shining to the elites, then I say let him," D.T. said. Everyone stares at her in silence from that oddly specific rant. "What?"

"Haha, It's nothing," I said with a sigh. "I guess I don't like the idea of a dangerous pair like those two roaming free,"

"Whose roaming free?" Videl's voice made all of us jump. We turned to see her standing behind D.T. and Silvie. What was different about her today was that she didn't give me the mare glare. It's a name Sweetie came up with on the spot. Instead, she was sending me a confident smile. "Hey, Gohan,"

"H-hey, Videl, how's it going?"

"Fine. I was catching with Elisa and the others. They told me some interesting things during our absence,"

I looked at her in confusion. "Our absence?'"

"Yeah, you were out sick yesterday,"

I felt a hoof kick my shins as I grunted. "Y-Yeah, it is flu season after all, hehe. My mother was a big help,"

Videl tilts her head to the side without losing that smile. "That's funny considering my mission yesterday. We had to save a pair of hostages..." Videl went rummaging through her backpack and pulled some papers. "Do you recognize them?"

She put a bunch of photos on the table. Sweetie Belle gasps at the arrangement. "Oh! Are you making a collage?"

"No," Videl simply said. "Every student at this school submits a photo of those closest to them as a way of showing that no one is different from each other-- despite being another species entirely. Here's Elisa's family. There are Sharpner and his two kids' siblings. I even brought a picture of myself with my dad. What was yours about again?"

Seeing no harm, I answered. "I gave two pictures of my family. There's one of me with my mother and father, then, one with my baby brother and mother,"

Videl's smile seems to grow wider as she points to the photos in question. "These two, right?" I nod in response.

"Urgh! Is there a point to this interrogation?" D.T. asked, aggravation clear on her voice. Looking around, Silvie and the C.M.C.'s felt the same.

"The point is our mission was to rescue a pair of hostages from a terrorist organization," Videl said. I started to feel a rising pit in my stomach. "I was able to see what the hostages look like before they vanished. There's no mistaking the resemblance,"

"Why do you keep saying our mission? I was sick at home," I said nervously.

"Yes, you were - and that's what I can't figure out. Are you saying that the flu was enough to stop you from saving your family members?"

"It wasn't the normal flu," Silvie stated frantically. "It was blu flu! It makes your entire body blu and makes you dizzy!"

Videl nods her head in agreement. "Yep, that's the nurses told me. But then they pushed me out of the office when I tried to find out more about it-- saying it was a royal decree, that tells me that the royalty is also involved. The princesses seem very invested in your health,"

Applebloom slams her hands against the table. "The princesses care about every creature equally!!!"

"I'm not saying the equestrian royalty is playing favorites. I'm saying it's odd that Gohan got sick at the same time I went on my mission with the Great Saiyanman. And that both you and Great Saiyaman are never in the same space at the same time," I felt that pit growing bigger. "It's weird that a group like the Red Ribbon Army would kidnap your family members - and not anyone else - while leaving you behind. I'd call that sloppy not to gain as much leverage over your enemies as possible. But, I think they were leverage against you!"

"C-come on, that's rid-"

I tried to come up with some kind of excuse, but Videl cut me off. "President Gruff told all about the Red Ribbon Army. It was the usual spiel. How they were so dangerous and how they nearly conquered the world. But then..." She pulled out another picture of my dad this time as a boy. "He told how the entire Red Ribbon Army got beaten by this boy. He sure looks like your baby brother, doesn't he?"

I looked at the girls for help, but all of them were as nervous as I was right now. "...Um..."

"This boy - the who beat the Red Ribbon Army - went on to fight against the demon king Piccolo. The president had front row seats for that one. He wouldn't stop talking about it. Then, he defeated Piccolo Junior to win the twenty-third World Martial Arts Tournament. The same Piccolo that was with us on the mission!" Videl slams her hand on top of all the photos she mentioned. "He was your father - Son Goku- which means your the Great Sayaman!!!"

I could feel mouth opening and closing several times. Scootaloo was able to speak on my for me. "So what? Gohan's dad was amazing. That doesn't mean he could do all those his dad did!" She flares out her wings for added measure.

It was a direct challenge, but Videl thought of everything. She looks over to Scootaloo, never losing her confidence, as she spoke. "We all heard you chew out for his methods - Saying how Goku would be disappointed at him - how did Goku teach the to of you anything if the portal officially opened a few months back?"

"...Uh..." Scootaloo deflates at that. Videl was on a roll.

"Don't even try to deny it!" She took out one more picture. There was no denying her claims when it came to this one. "At the Cell Games Tournament, a group of mystery fighters showed up to fight Cell. Are you going to tell me that it's a coincidence that four of the guys on this picture were with us the other day? Sure, his hair is different, but not his outfit. I'm willing to bet that Gruff will recognize him. And that boy here is you!"

I looked up at Videl, then back to the girls, and finally the pictures. She was right. There was no point in denying anything. "...Yeah, that's me..." I said with a sigh. "Everything you said is the truth,"

Videl crosses her arms at that. "Go on,"

I closed my eyes tight as the words escape my lips. "I'm the Great Saiyaman..."

"So, what now?" Applebloom asked. I don't think I ever say her frown like that before. "Are Ya going to blackmail our colt friend!?"

"You bet, but I'm not an extortionist. I still have questions, but those can wait. I want to see how far the apple fell from the tree,"

"Really," Applebloom droned out.

"You want to pick apples?" I asked.

Videl rolls her eyes at me. "No. The next E.A.T. tournament is coming up soon. You're entering as a contestant along with me!"

"You want to fight in the E.A.T.?" Scootaloo asked. I buried my head into my hands and let out a groan.

"It's perfect. The former champion's son versus the current champion's daughter," Videl said, gather all her evidence before leaving the table. "Oh, and one more thing,"

"Yeah?" I asked.

"It's not a big deal. I just want to learn how to fly. Later,"

The girls and I watch her leave as I took in everything that happened just now. How am I going to participate without blowing my cover? "You know," Silvie said. "We could always ask Twilight to wipe her mind,"

"Hey, yeah, maybe we can make forget her name!" D.T. added.

"I'd say we play along," Scootaloo said with a smirk. "Beating her at the tournament might be the wake-up call she needs!"

Slamming my head against the table, I groaned. "When did things get so complicated?"

episode 12: Count me in too!!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of Harmony, Piccolo, and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Canterlot - Golden Horseshoe Hotel - Gera's POV.]



"Aw, nothing like a hot bath to start the day~," I sigh, exiting the bathroom with a towel around my chest.

That unicorn thug proved his worth and got me the complete current roster of fighters for the E.A.T. He even was gracious enough to leave me his bangs profits. Those ponies must be the tourist trap variety. They had amassed a small fortune from unsuspecting visitors. At least enough to land me a room in his hotel, so I decided to stay in the capital. What better way to hide from authority figures then right under their snouts. Anyway, once I got dressed, I pulled out the capsule containing my equipment. My portable computer appears as I began typing. I set a spy network using the addresses of all the current fighters on the registry. Each micro drone is residing in their place of residence. I program them to latch onto these individuals the moment any attack occurs. The fighters aren't the only ones I'm keeping a watchful eye. I need to see if the Equestrian royalty was onto me or not. The two high princesses haven't made any announcements about, other than the occasional wanted poster. I suppose - with my whereabouts in doubt - I can't blame them for the lack of notoriety. The junior Princess is a non-issue. She's too busy running a school geared toward Friendship. I still find that notion to be redundant.

"Now, let's see..." Most of the disappearances happen more along the eastern and western coasts. But, a startling number happens in various other countries. I'm sure magic is involved. I need to gather more information on that enigma. "Hmm, that's strange. Some of the signals of the drones went offline. Based on the data of their last position, they shorted out within the badlands. What's going on there?" I began typing to pull in as much information as I could. The video feed would show the victims coming under attack, fighting for a brief time, then taken away via teleportation. Then, the live feed would fade to black the moment they reappeared in some white room. I suck my teeth at this revelation. "That wasteland is too large to traverse on foot. I'll never be able to react fast enough to a kidnapping in progress. And revealing myself will only complicate matters further. Urgh!"

I fell back on the bed in frustration. All my options came with considerable risks. And, for the first time, the future seems uncertain. With a sigh, I sat back up and switched the video channel. The school of Friendship came on screen. I started alternating between different angles, more so out of boredom than spying. I was about to stop when my camera's focused on a small pegasus filly. I was about to write her off, but her behavior caught my interest. She enters a secluded room while checking for any occupants. Once satisfied that she was alone, the filly pulls out a white medallion from her backpack. At the center of it was the letter M in cursive.



(Something like this but with the Majin symbol instead of the gem.)


I saw the little pony put the medallion down with both her hands on top of it. A red glow began to emanate from it as the filly's light blue lock flutters. The same glow was coming off her forehead as her locks shifted enough for me to spot another M resting there. What was the significance of that letter? I recoiled in disgust at what happened next. A creature I've never seen before appears from the medallion in a hologram. It was short, bald, and ugly. It had whiskers like a catfish while it's skin - I hope that skin, more like leather - had wrinkles. It wore a poofy orange cape with a black shirt and a blue kilt. It wore a belt buckle with the same insignia as the medallion. It crossed his arms behind its back as it studied the pony in a bemused fashion.



"Master Babadi," The filly said, bowing her head.

"Ah, if it isn't my favorite little mole. Good Evening, Cozy. What do you have me for this time?"

"The human bandits' are no longer a problem. The local heroes stop them,"

"Hmm, I suppose that eliminates the competition - as insignificant as they were - what else?" That was rude. Some gynomorphs have no respect for the dead.

"The princesses want to lure you out in the open with the upcoming tournament. Princess Twilight says they've made special runes to detect bad magic,"

Babadi rubs his chin. "I assume you've dealt with that,"

"I change one of the symbols in the formula. It was easy to get access to it since Princess Twilight made me her assistant. Now, it won't go off when you get close,"

"Excellent work, my dear. Now, what is the progress for finding this Tree of Harmony?"

I arched a brow at that. Tree of Harmony? "Oh, it's coming along..." The letter on her fore began to glow red as the filly winces in discomfort.

"I must've misheard you, my dear. What was your progress?"

"I got the location out of them. It's somewhere in the Everfree Forest, but the Princess keeps saying it's dangerous for students to enter there!" The glowing stops as the filly sigh in relief. She rubs her forehead a little as she spoke. "I still think we should go with my plan..."

"A plan that is uninspired and foolish. The whole purpose of my being here is the magic potency of this world. Have you thought of the ramifications should you succeed? For instance, the moon colliding with the planet - or the sun burning the lands - No. Don't start forgetting who is the puppet and the puppeteer!" Cozy seems to pout while giving Babadi the puppy dog stare. Babadi recoils at the sight. "Urgh! Enough of those eyes! I will consider your idea as an option, but only if what I have planned falls short. Now, find that tree!"

"I already know who can help me," Cozy said with a smirk.

I turned the camera off as a smile grew on my face. "I think I spy a window of opportunity,"


[Later that day - Castle of Friendship - Cozy Glow POV.]



I was standing next to Twilight as one of the human students sat down. Humans tend to complain way more than the average creature. This human had trouble grasping the point of this school. Humans know about Friendship, but it not a big deal on Earth as it is here. Actually - from what I have seen - humans share my view of Friendship. A tool to help push you ahead. Humans get that, ponies though, not too much. I like watching Twilight work her magic. She can bring any creature to her side. In no time at all, the human left feeling enlightened. Too bad she'll never agree with Master Babadi's plans.

"Gee, I don't know why so many humans are having trouble accepting friendship," I pouted.

"Friendship isn't something everyone can understand. See creatures see as a mere concept, but it holds more value than that,"

"It seems like humans have it worse off than any creature on Equis,"

Twilight shakes her head. "Humans are like a puzzle game. Not all the pieces fit together right away. Which is it important to take the time to see how each piece goes together,"

"It sure is good that they have you to guide them,"

"Hehe, thank you, Cozy Glow. But, it's not just me, I wouldn't be in my position if not for my friends,"

"It pays to have others willing to help you. Say, I have an idea! What if we showed every creature the Elements of Harmony!"

"Cozy. I already said it's too dangerous to bring students to the Everfree Forest. Look at what happened at the opening of the school. Six of our students going missing almost sparked a war!"

"Yes, six unsupervised students. Who got saved thanks to Fluttershy knowledge of animals. Rainbow's speed. Rarity's keen eyes. Applejack's strength. Pinkie's party cannon, and your magic. With all the professors there we won't have to worry about any problems,"

"I don't know Cozy. It's still a considerable risk. Even the girls and I have to be cautious about entering the Everfree. Our presence doesn't guarantee our safety,"

I almost huffed out loud. "But think about the lesson the student will get from seeing the tree. A physical representation of Harmony right before them! We can't let them go on without feeling that inspiration!"

Twilight sat there and thought about my words. She was cracking - A chance to teach Friendship is too good to ignore. I gave Twilight my best cutesy stare as she sighs. "I suppose--"

Before she could finish, the door opens again. I kept a smile on my face as I turned to see Gohan enter the room. "Hey there, Gohan!" I flew up to him with my fingers resting on my chin. He steps back from me for some reason. I can't imagine why.

"Uh, hey Cozy. I came to speak to Twilight," He said.

"Really! Twilight and I was talking about going to the Everfree,"

"I haven't decided on anything yet, Cozy," I felt my eye twitching. "nice to see you here, Gohan. How's everything been since the Red Ribbon fiasco?"

"My mother and Goten are fine. But, I have another problem I wanted to bring up," Gohan said.

"What's that?" Twilight asks.

"Videl found out about my secret identity. Now, she's forcing me to train her how to fly so we can fight in the tournament!"

"Oh, golly! Are you going to erase her mind?" I asked. I knew about Gohan being a superhero. I even told Master Babadi about him. But Gohan was far too weak - plus, he was too close to the princesses - making him disappear would ruin everything.

"No, Cozy. That's not ethical. But, the demand seems reasonable. I noticed Videl wasn't keen on working with your alter ego," Twilight said.

Gohan shot out of the chair with a panicked look on his face. "Reasonable?! If I don't agree, Videl is going to blow the whistle on me!"

"True, but she had ample opportunities to do so, yet she didn't. She might be bullheaded, but she cares about others. This dilemma of yours might be a blessing,"

"How is that?"

"You can use the training to grow closer as friends!" Twilight got that twinkle in her as she stood up. She pushes Gohan further back on his chair by the shoulders while wearing this creepy smile. "You can develop a deeper connection with her. Instead of hostile or antagonistic, she'll be passive and supportive. It's amazing! You have a friendship problem before it even appeared on the cutie map!"

As Twilight went on Twilightening, I got an idea. "Say, Princess Twilight, I think Gohan here solved all our problems," I said, flying over to him. "Wouldn't having a big strong superhero watching us make the trip to the Everfree easier?"

I rested on Gohan's head with my best smile. Twilight thought about my idea. "I suppose there's no harm if Goan was there as a well-renowned hero protecting us. Are you fine with this, Gohan?"

I flew around and sat in Gohan's lap, sending him the same smile. "It would help out so many friendship issues with the students, Gohan. Please!!!"

Gohan sighs as he pats my head and chuckles. "I'm ok with it. It'll be some nice downtime before everything gets crazy again. Although, I should see if the others might want to participate in the tournament. It's been a long time since they fought in one. Yeah, I'm sure of it!!!"

"Count me in too!" A new voice called out.

I looked around in confusion, trying to find who said that, but no pony is here beside us. I had a guess who this was and shook my head. "Good one, Discord. The school is always fun with a little chaos here and there. Haha,"

"Discord? Sorry to disappoint, it's just me,"

After the voice said that, I felt a little scared. I looked back at Twilight and Gohan. They both look like they saw a ghost-- or heard one. "D-Dad, is that you?"

"Hehe, you bet,"

"How is that possible? Goku, you're dead!" Twilight exclaimed.

"Last time I check, I still am, hehe," Goku said.

"How are you speaking to us!?" Twilight was getting crazier and crazier by the second.

"Well, King Kai would usually help. But, your planet is outside his region, so South Kai is helping out instead,"

"The only doing this as a favor to the grand Kai!"

"He seems nice...?"

"Dad, not that I'm ungrateful, but why are you talking with us?" Gohan said.

"Well, being an apprentice to King Kai comes with some more perks. I get to come back to the world of the living for one full day!" Goku said. "What better way to spend it than competing in another tournament!"

Gohan shot up from his chair, nearly making me fall out of the air. "Really!? That's awesome! Mom is going to flip - not to mention Goten - I can't wait!"

"When will you be visiting us, Goku?" Twilight asked.

"The same day as the tournament," Goku said.

"Dad, not that I'm ungrateful, but why are you talking with us?" Gohan said.

"Well, being an apprentice to King Kai comes with some more perks. I get to come back to the world of the living for one full day!" Goku said. "What better way to spend it than competing in another tournament!"

Gohan shot up from his chair, nearly making me fall out of the air. "Really!? That's awesome! Mom is going to flip - not to mention Goten - I can't wait!"

"When will you be visiting us, Goku?" Twilight asked.

"The same day as the tournament," Goku said.

"Great. I'll write a letter to the girls. I'm sure they'll be eager to see you against as well,"

"I'm already on it, Twight!"

"Professor/Pinkie!" All of us said. Pinkie pressed herself against the glass of the window. Pinkie always smiled. I never saw her not smiling at something. This time was different for some reason.

"What do you mean by you being on it?" Gohan asked. Twilight groaned as she gave Gohan a flat look.

Pinkie climbs into the room while wearing a big smile. "Oh, I was walking down the halls of the school when my tail spun in a circle. It got faster and faster until I was zooming through the halls. I finally stopped outside the school. That's when I knew that my Pinkie sense was telling me. My tail only spins like that if that friend is someone special-- and whose more special than Sonny - No offense, Gohan,"

"...Un, no problem...?" Gohan said with confusion. I forgot that Pinkie makes every creature's brain hurt after a while.

"Hey, Pinkie, I guess you overheard, huh?" Goku said with no shock at all.

"Yepperoni!!"

Goku broke out laughing as Pinkie joined him. I laughed too, even though both of them were stupid. "I see you all on the day of the tournament. I got some amazing stories and a few surprises to share,"

"I got to plan the Quadruple Welcome Rumble Party!!!"

"Why a quadruple welcome, Pinkie?" Gohan asks. Twilight groans even louder.

"Duh, silly, because Goku died twice on Earth while he's been on Equis two times. But, then again, he did get lost in space, so he's returned to Earth three times. His next visit will be three times for Equis. But, then again, it would be four times when he first came to the Earth. We're not counting G.T. Or was it in G.T., hmm?" I already know what was going to happen as Pinkie dug into her mane. She pulls out a book and starts reading it. I couldn't see the picture, but the letters read 'D.B. Heroes.' "Wait, it's not this trash. Oh, you get the idea,"

Pinkie waved goodbye as she swans dive out of the window. We all heard a splash while water shoots up. "Isn't the mote on the other side of the school?" Gohan asked.

"Gohan, please, for my sake-- don't ask!!!" Twilight said in a strained tone.

"Anyway," I said, gaining the attention again. "Gohan, have you decided to help us?"

Gohan looks unsure as he stares at Twilight. She looks like she didn't want to deal with anything with her head on the desk. Twilight waves her hand at him, and I felt my smile return in full force. "Alright, Twilight's ok with it. I guess I can chaperone as the Great Saiyaman!"

I didn't care for that goofy pose. But, things were finally moving forward. "Yay, field trip. Thank you. This trip will certainly help us out in the long run,"


[Later that night _ Tree of Harmony.]



"Whoa, that's the tree of Harmony?"

"Big deal. It's a glass tree. Let's smash it and get out of here. I hate this stupid forest..."

"This 'glass tree' is the most powerful magical artifact in Equestria. Hay, maybe the whole world. If we destroy this tree, then we won't have to worry about the elements," I told them.

The good news is my plan worked. The field trip went like I thought it would. We got to the tree without incident. The creatures gushed over Gohan like preschoolers. I couldn't help but be proud as the students left with a better grasp of Friendship. I informed Master Babadi of my success. He was so happy that he made me in charge of these two. Plus, they were Equestrian. It was perfect! Emphasis on the 'was' part. As it turns out, they're a little dim and annoying. Why couldn't Lord Dabura come with me instead of these idiots? For some reason, they decided to wear robes - said they didn't want to be recognized by anypony - as a surprise.

"Alright, get to work!" I told them.

"Why are we taking orders from the shrimp!?"

"She reminds me of another spoiled rich brat we know," Both of the stallions stayed quiet for a moment before the one on my left talked. "I realized something: we're in the Everfree,"

"So?" The stallion to my right said. "Nothing can touch us now,"

"True, but it's still dangerous for other ponies..." The left one look down at me as I saw him do that evil grin thing. "Especially for little fillies. A vicious manticore or timber wolf pack can spring out at us at any time,"

The right one nods in understanding. "These monsters love to get the drop on their prey..."

The two stallions started approaching as I rolled my eyes. "Oh, golly, you're right. The Everfree is a scary place filled with scary monsters..." I put my finger to my lips and spun my left hoof in a circle on the dirt. "Some monsters are scarier than others. Professor Fluttershy told me that the ones that are most dangerous leave marks on their territory. Just like this one," I blew my locks upwards to show the letter on my forward. I knew it was glowing because I saw their glow at the same time. That meant Master Babadi was watching and listening - and he was not happy - if their uncomfortable shuffling meant anything at all. "It'd be a shame if we 'accidentally' made that monster angry,"

"...That would be bad..." The left one grumbled.

"...So we just have to blow up this tree than we could leave, right?" The right one asks.

"That's right!" I smiled.

They both nodded and raised their hands. Two dark pink orbs form as the combined into a bigger one. I was rubbing my hands together with a big smile on my muzzle. The look of total shock and helplessness from the element will be delicious. I was about to order them to fire before a yellow attack came. It broke apart the attack in a blink of the eye. I kept my smile, even though my eye was twitching, turning my head slowly. There was a human mare at the entrance of the cavern. She had a smile on her face that looked innocent, but I knew better. She was rotten to the core. I flew a few feet to her while trying to be polite.

"What are you doing here?!"

The human mare arches a brow at me from my outburst. "Did you know your face turns manic when you get upset? I'd be mindful of that before you blow your cover,"

I cleared my throat to calm down as I tried again. "Sorry, but you startled me. This forest is teeming with---"

"--Scary monsters?"

My smile fell flat as I turn back to my friends. "Take her out..." I flew back to the tree as my two friends ran past me.

I expected to hear some screaming by now. However, human mare appears before me and grabs my throat. We turned around to my friends as she pulls me to her chest. I felt a warm heat near my right cheek as I froze up. The human got us. "You should learn some restraint, Cozy Glow. And here I was about to offer my services to you and your Master,"

I looked at her with confusion. "W-what?"

"I've been watching people that interest me for some time. I was apart of the Red Ribbon Army over on Earth. Although I know they were insignificant bandits to you, I am not," She stares at me with that same stupid smile. She gives the Tree of Harmony. "I never thought a tree would be crucial to a nation's security. Your plan won't work, however,"

"Why?"

"Well, I should say it will work too well. Destroying this tree will merely put the princesses more on guard. You should wait for the opportune moment," I felt her grip loosen as she lets me go. "I can help with you with your plans if you take me to Master Babadi," All of us looked at her like she was crazy.

I pressed my teeth hard against each other as we listened. This human had a lot of nerve taking me hostage and making demands. "There's no way I'm--" I felt Master's symbol glow as I heard his voice in my head,"

'Don't be so hasty, Cozy Glow. This specimen in front of you may have some use to us. I'm intrigued by her proposal. We'll put the tree's destruction on hold for now. I'm bringing you to the ship,'

"Have you finished talking?" The human mare asked. I just snarled at her, and her stupid coy smile. Master brought that ring at the center of every floor on his ship. The satisfaction of seeing this human's crumble before the Master brings a smile to my face. Everything shifts before our eyes as the lady looks around in shock. "Wha--"

"It's always fun seeing that reaction. Although, you're taking your sudden displacement better than most. So I understand you wish to converse with me?"

Master Babadi was standing at the door with Lord Dabura. All three of us bowed to him while the human kept staring. "Yes, I think you would like my insight. Of course, I would like something in return,"

Lord Dabura smiles at that. "I like the gull on this one,"

However, Master Babadi frowns. "Unfortunately, I don't. I think you sought me out with a lot of presumption in mind. I don't align with anyone. You serve under me whether you want to or not!"

I raised my head a little to see Master Babadi force this human to our side. However, my mouth fell open as I saw the human bow down like us. "I assure you, Master Babadi. I only want to serve with a true mastermind-- to learn under your visage,"

Now Master Babadi looked shocked. He raises both of his hands as he spoke. "What is your name, human?"

"Gera,"

"Well then, Gera. Welcome to the fold. Ha-Pa-Pa-Pa-PAAAH!!!"

episode 13: Training Begins Anew!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Earth - Son Family Home - Third Person POV.]



"Come on, Gohan," Goten said, pulling Gohan by the arm. The nimbus cloud rested in front of their home. "Bye, mom. Gohan is going to train with me this time!"

"Don't be too rough with Goten, Gohan," Chi-Chi called out.

"We'll be back before the others get here," Gohan said.

"What others? Gohan?" Chi-Chi asked, but the two were already gone.

The two brothers landed at the bottom of a cliffside. There was a widespread of grass mixed with Earth while tree leaves fluttered in the distance. Gohan donned a blueish-purple Gi with black boots and a red slash tied to his waist. Goten himself wore a similar Gi to his father - save for some minor alterations - his version had long blue sleeves with a blue slash tied to his waist. Gohan smiled at that. Goten never knew his father, being born shortly after the Cell games. Thankfully, thanks to his mother and Gohan himself, Goten was not misinformed about what a great man his father is to everyone he knew.

"Man, Goten, your a spitting image of our father. I can't wait for you to meet him,"

"Is it true that our dad was the strongest fighter in the world. Trunks always say his dad is the strongest,"

Gohan rubs his head as he chuckles. "It's hard to say between the two of them. My dad and Vegeta have always been the fiercest of rivals. They both push themselves so that neither is left behind-- Especially Vegeta. But, it was our dad that was the first to become a Super Saiyan,"

"Super Saiyan? What's that?"

Gohan smirks as he gestures for Goten to step back. Gohan raises his fists to his waist as he adopted a serious expression. "Ha!" Goten's mouth fell agape as Gohan was instantly shrouded in a golden light while his hair turned blonde, and his eyes turquoise.

"Whoa...!"

"Haha, I take it your impressed," Goten merely nods. "Alright, let's start with something simple. Pick up a couple of works over there," Gohan dug his heel into the soil as Goten came back. "Okay, now Goten, stand at this line. I'm going to stand over here. I want you to throw those rocks at me,"

"Are you sure? I don't want to hurt you,"

"Don't worry about it, sport. Now lay it on me!"

"Uh-huh," Goten brings back his right arm and tosses the stone at blinding speeds. Gohan's confidence morphs into panic as he narrowly evades. The stone continued on its path, punching a hole through the cliffside, leaving Gohan stupified. "Was that good?"

Gohan frantically shakes his hand at his brother. "Whoa! Hold on there, sport! Sheesh! Where were you last season for the Red foxes? Let's move you back a bit, okay?" Gohan ushers Goten back, making a new line in the soil. "Okay, that should be good. Let 'er rip, Goten!"

Goten nods as hurls the stone with the caliber of a machine gun. With the new spacing, Gohan was dodging much more efficiently. However, after five minutes of the Saiyan version of dodgeball, Goten drops the stones. "Huh? Is something the matter sport?"

"I was wondering if I could become like you. You know, a Super Saiyan!"

Gohan blinks at his little brother as he laughs. "Maybe when your a little older, Goten, becoming a Super Saiyan isn't easy. I was twice your age when I first transformed--" As Gohan began his lecture, Goten levels his fists outward from his chest. In a flash, Goten transformed, leaving Gohan baffle. "W-What?!?! Goten! You're a-a Super Saiyan! How?"

"It happens one time when I was training with mom. Although, I think I freaked her because she started crying about another monster in the family,"

"Yeah, that sounds like mom. But still, dad and I had to work extremely hard to become Super Saiyans. And Vegeta - Man - what a case he was at the time. Can Trunks turn into a Super Saiyan too?"

"Uh-huh,"

"Geez, what's with your generation?" Gohan hums in thought. "We should head back. I don't want anyone catching us as Suer Saiyans,"

Gohan takes to the skies and begins to head back before Goten shouts out to him. "Hey, no fair!"

Huh? What do you mean?"

"I want to do that too! Teach me how to fly!!!"

Gohan let out a deep groan as he landed. "Great, another student added to the list..."


[Back at the Son Family Residence]


"Gohan!" Chi-Chi said sharply. "I wasn't expecting so many guests to arrive..."

"Yeah, I wasn't either..." Gohan said, rubbing his head. "Let me introduce the exchange students first. Sandbar, Ocellus, Yona, Silverstream, Gallus, Cozy Glow," Gohan then gestures to Videl. "And this is Videl,"

"Nice to meet you, ma'am," Videl said.

Chi-Chi gave the students and Videl a critical look - more so with Videl - as she walked up to them. Chi-Chi was already familiar with the mares in Gohan's herd, giving them a simple nod. "And what's the reason for your visit?"

Chi-chi steps back as Cozy Glow flew in front of her. "Hello, Gohan's mom. I am so sorry you inconvenience you in any way. But there's a big tournament coming up. And since Gohan is a big-time hero, who better to touch us than him. We'll do our best to help around the house,"

Chi-Chi smiles sweetly at the little filly. "Thank you, Cozy. I'm glad to see someone with manners at such a young age,"

Gallus huffs as he crosses his arms in annoyance. "No creature said anything about doing chores..."

"It's not so bad. We make messes all the time," Sandbar said, causing Chi-Chi to arch a brow.

"This day is perfect! First, I came from Seaquestria. Then, I am staying in Equestria, and now I'm on Earth!" Silverstream flew over to the backdoor. "Wow. Earth doors feel the same as Equis doors! I can see your stairs!?"

"You want to see our stairs?" Chi-Chi asked. Silverstream nods her head enthusiastically. "Sure, go ahead..."

"EEEE!!!!" Silverstream let out a squeal of excitement as she ran inside the home.

Chi-Chi shakes her head as she gestures to her home. "Alright, then, how about I fix you all some lunch. It's never good to start training on an empty stomach,"

"I'll help any way I can," Cozy said.

"Yay! Yona has been hungry since the trip over from school. Yona likes Gohan's Dri!" The young yak hosted Chi-Chi up, earning a startled yelp from her. Yona nearly knocked the door off the hinges as she went inside.

Before Gohan could follow, Videl tugs at his arm with a frown adorning her features. "So, what gives? You were only supposed to be training me!"

"Funny story, to be honest, Cozy let it slip about my secret identity around the exchange students. Now, they want to learn too,"

Videl frowns deepens. "And the peanut gallery?" Videl points to Gohan's herd mates.

"Oh, Scootaloo offered to help train the students while the girls wanted to visit Earth,"

"Uh-huh," Videl's was skeptical as she walked inside.

Gohan noted that the girls were quick to follow behind her. However, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, and Sweetie Belle all whipped their tails against his back. "What was that for?" The girls look back at him in a bemused manner before Applebloom shakes her head while Sweetie, Diamond, and Silver turned their snouts up.


[Later that day - Open Fields.]



"Aw, this is perfect! A nice open space to stretch our wings," Scootaloo said, hovering in the air. She peers out to the lush landscape. The gentle breeze of the wind was a welcome sensation. She tilts back into a freefall, startling those below before she gracefully lands next to Gohan. "Alright, grunts. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your lives. By the end of this training session, we'll have you on par with the Wonderbolts! Who wants to see a Yak fly?"

"Um, Yona don't like heights,"

Ignoring Yona, Scootaloo turns to Ocellus. "Are you ready to blow a mountain sky high?!"

"That seems dangerous?" Ocellus said in an unsure tone.

"Are you done messing around? I'd like to get this over with before sundown!" Videl called out.

Scootaloo snorted at that before answering. "Alright then, you can start by bringing out your Ki,"

"My what?"

"You don't know what Ki is? Isn't it a human power?" Diamond Tiara taunt from the side.

Gohan steps up as Videl shot the Earth pony a glare. "Actually. It is a power anyone can wield. Think of it as a latent power buried deep within your body--"

"My body?! Who are you to talk about my body?!!"

"It's not like it's much to look at anyway," Silver Spoon whispered.

"You two ave something to say!!!" Videl shouted, a crimson blush across her face.

Gohan instantly got between the three females before things could escalate. "Uh, let's all settle down, alright?"

"Human power is inside Yona?" The yak began looking at her hands and under her thick fur.

"If it's inside of us, how do we get it out?" Sandbar asked.

"Come on, every creature, it obvious..." A shadow covers Gallus features as dark glint flashes from his eyes. "Surgery,"

"W-what?" Ocellus asks, nervousness clear in her voice.

Gallus began approaching his friends while fiddling his talons. "Yeah. The power locked on the inside of us. So, they got to take out our guts. Then, sow us back together with a piece of hair and a rusty nail,"

The students went into a panic as Gallus fell on the floor. Scootaloo was snickering at their reaction, only to earn a flat stare from Gohan. "Okay, everyone needs to relax. No one is going to cut you open. Gallus was only joking..." Upon hearing his name, the griffin freezes up at Gohan's hard glare. "...Right, Gallus?"

"Y-yeah, just mess with you scaredy cats," Gallus said.

"Excuse me, Gohan. But, I'm afraid some of us don't understand what you mean," Cozy Glow said, shifting a glance toward Videl. "Maybe you could show us?"

"I got it," Goten said. He extends an open palm toward a small bolder in the distance. A moment later, the rock explodes into a thousand pieces. "Like that,"

Videl wore a gobsmack expression as the dust settles. Gohan facepalm at his brother's actions. 'Way to go, Goten...' He thought. "Yeah, pretty much like that, exactly,"

"That was amazing!!!" Silverstream exclaimed.

"Yona want to smash rock like that!!!" Yona stated.

"I didn't feel any magic at all," Ocellus said

"It was alright, I guess," Gallus said unconvincingly.

"Gosh, you are super powerful. It must've been hard getting that strong!" Cozy Glow praised.

"Ahaha, it was nothing," Goten said, rubbing the back of his head.

"Nothing!?" Videl stated, snapping out of her funk. "You just blew that boulder to pieces, and you're acting like it's a common occurrence. Normal humans can't do this stuff!!!"

"It sort of is common - at least, among my family - what do normal people call it?" Gohan asks.

"Well, it's a trick,"

This time, Applebloom had trouble hiding her laughter. "If that's the case then Scoots is a magician,"

"Yeah, she can give Trixie a run for her bits," Sweetie agreed.

Videl lets out a low growl at the comments. Before she could say anything, Gohan takes a seat. "It works like this: Ki energy and magic do share similar traits. However, magic is more like an external force. Twilight told me that everything in Equis is bathed in magic because it resides within the very air and soil of the planet. All the creatures on Equis can draw from this force. Ki energy requires you to draw from your life force..." Gohan brings his hands together as everyone came closer. A small energy orb forms in his hands. Videl stares in awe at the ball of light, leaning in closer, and making lean back slightly. "Pretty cool, right?" Everyone nods wordlessly in agreement.

"Okay, so how do we do that?" Gallus asks.

Scootaloo chose this moment to chime into the conversation. "People that know martial arts are better at drawing out their Ki. During my training, Goku took us into the Everfree forest. It was scary, hard, and exhausting, but worth it,"

"Y-you're going to take us into the Everfree?" Sandbar nervously asks.

"Nah. I heard from Twilight that the other nation is calling back their citizens for the tournament. That's why Smolder isn't here. Spike is training her personally. We're going to give you all the basics in Ki control and fighting skills,"

"But, first, let's see where all of are at right now," Gohan said, standing back up. "Try and copy what I just did,"

Gohan and Scootaloo were watching intently for any sign of Ki manifestation. The students all mirrored Gohan's postures while forming a space between their hands. Silverstream and Sandbar were looking at the hands like magnifying glasses. Yona had her tongue sticking out as she concentrated. Gallus was constantly fidgeting while trying to force something out. Ocellus was a stark contrast. She sat still with the occasional twitch of the wing. Videl - by far - was focusing the hardest. She was glaring a hole through her palms while twitching her fingers. One could hear a few grunts of frustration as time passes.

"So, what do you think? How are we going to do this?" Scootaloo asked.

"From what I can see, Yona, Sandbar, and Gallus are closer than the others. But, I kept feeling something swell between Ocellus and Silverstream," Gohan stated.

"And Cozy Glow? I'm surprised I'm picking anything up from her. But, I can see the energy building up in her hands. But, I guess I'm not one the talk,"

"She is surprising. Maybe Pegasi are more talented? Anyway, I think an idea. Say, girls,"

"Yeah?" Applebloom responded.

"Can you ask my mother what chore she needs to get done?"

"Can do, partner. Come on, girls. Ms. Chi-Chi might need help cleaning,"

Diamond and Silverspoon were instantly put off by this. "Hey! That's not what we agreed--" Whatever complaint Diamond had was cut off by a yellow magical aura covering her muzzle. She quickly shot a glare a Sweetie Belle who was innocently whistling despite her horn glowing. Smiling a Cheshire grin, Sweetie pulls D.T. towards the house.

"Sweetie! You can't-- EEP!!" Silverspoon found herself in a similar predicament as Applebloom hoisted her up on her shoulders.

"Come on, you two, we ain't much help out her. Like Applejack likes to say: An empty hoof works best at bucking apple trees," Silversppoon both huff as they accept their fates.


[Field Work]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJzwSkBVyfc&list=PLpXnJosOQVEvc8MycINM4si6fxuU14Xtn

"Wow, that's a lot of radishes," Silverstream said. There were ten rows of radish heads sticking out of the ground in the backyard.

"How are we suppose to draw our Ki doing farm work?" Gallus asked, skepticism permeating his tone.

"This activity was a favorite training method for my father. Your task is to pull out the radishes without bruising them as fast as you can. Then, you spread the fertilizer for reuse, before finally, planting new seeds," Gohan explains. "Try and finish your lane in twenty minutes,"

Several of the juniors voiced their displeasure with a series of groans. Gohan watches as everyone picked a lane. The flyers were collecting the radishes at a decent pace. However, the training requires one to tend the field by hand while on the ground. So Gohan barred any usage of wings. That rule, of course, leads to more groaning. Yona and Sandbar excelled the most-- being ground-based gave them the advantage. Gohan could feel the Ki energy surging to the surface in small bursts from the two of them. Videl was a close second - clearing at least three vegetables at a time and moving further down her lane. However, it became apparent that no one was going to finish in time. Everyone collapsed on the ground, covered head to toe in dirt and grim. Analyzing their progress, Yona and Sandbar cleared out twenty-five percent of their lanes. Videl cleared out fifteen while flyer barely made any headway. The students look at the remaining produce in dismay while echoing their thoughts.

"Well, you all made a good start," Gohan said tentatively.

"This is impossible!" Gallus exclaimed.

"I got dirt stuck in between my talons," Silverstream whined.

"It's better than feeling it in your carapace..." Ocellus stated.

Sandbar wipes the sweat from his brow. "I don't know. It was kind of fun, like the time I had an ant farm, those little guys were so cute,"

"Yona had fun. Yaks always push back snow. It's no different here. Yona want to smash dirt down now,"

"How can anyone clear out all these vegetables in an hour?" Videl asks.

"Goten didn't have a problem," Gohan said.

Everyone turned to Goten's lane to see it devoid of any radishes. The young Saiyan had a bright smile direct a baffled group. "Should I get the rest, Gohan?"

"Sure, knock yourselves out. We got to move on to fertilizing and seeding,"

"Okay," In an instant, Goten zooms to the remaining lanes, picking and collecting all the radishes in an insane pace, before moving to the next row.

"That kid ain't normal..." Gallus said in shock.

"He already finished three lines of radishes..." Ocellus noted in disbelief.

Sandbar gawks at Gohan as Goten completes his task. "Your does this kind of farm work every day?"

"Yeah, it's not that different from what I seen the apples do at their orchard," Gohan said. "Alright everyone, let's start the next step,"

Goten nods as he runs to the house. Moments later, he came back with two large bags, both bigger than he is, and place them by the fields. There was a pungent odor coming from one of the bags that made the students gag out in disgust. "Wow, mom got the smelly one this time," Goten said.

"That just means it's more potent. Everyone ready?" Gohan asks. Everyone gave each other a sideways glance of nervousness.


[Fishing.]



"Is there a reason we couldn't use the shower? And why are we at a lake?" Videl asks.

Look at the group, Gohan could tell 'Goten might've been a bit overzealous with the manure. Good thing we're at a lake,'

"What are we doing now? Are we going swimming?" Cozy said with a smile. Although, Gohan was more unnerved by the patches of filth cling to her.

"In a sense, yes. This lake is a natural habitat for the chomper fish. They're easy to spot, and we're running low back home. The water isn't that deep so you won't have to worry about drowning,"

Videl marched right into Gohan's face with a deep frown. "Is this training, or are we going your groceries? I didn't come here to waste time!"

"It's not a waste of time, I promise!" Gohan placated. "Everything we're doing is to help to unlock your latent energy, right Scoots?"

Gohan looks over to his mare friend for support. But, instead, a lascivious grin greeted him. "Or maybe Gohan like the idea of getting all these mares wet~," Gohan turned beet red as the other mares caught onto to Scootaloo's teasing.

"How scandalous, Gohan~," Diamond Tiara said.

"I didn't know you were so adventous~," Silverspoon said.

"N-no! That's not what I mean," Gohan denied, growing more nervous at Videl's worsening mood.

"But, we don't have bathing suits," Sweetie pointed out.

"Don't need bathing suits to skinny dip," Applebloom offered. The girls all broke out into laughter after that.

"Yona is confused. What grown-up are human and ponies saying?"

"I am getting some weird emotions from them. Is it normal for humans to have random bouts of jealousy?" Ocellus asked.

"Wait, who's jealous of what?" Sandbar asked.

"I wouldn't worry about it," Gallus dismissed. "Say, teach? Do you mind if I skip out on this training?"

"Huh? Oh, right. I guess you can't swim well, being a flyer. Alright, you and the others won't have to participate in this exercise--"

"Cannonball!!!" Silverstream exclaimed, splashing water upon her entry.

"Silverstream!" Everyone called out.

A moment later, she breaks the surface while waving at everyone with her fins. "What?"

"Wow! That's awesome! Are you a mermaid?" Goten asks. He jumps in to get a closer look at her newly acquired fin.

"A mermaid? No, hippogriffs can go on land and sea. The water's great, and I saw that fish you were talking about down here!"

Without further prompting, Videl dives into the water. Scootaloo shrugs her shoulders and jumps in after her. Yona made a big splash upon entry while Sandbar and Ocellus walk into the lake. Ocellus took the form of another hippogriff as the exercise began. It didn't take long for the rest of the students to spy the fish. It was mostly blue with a gaping maw. There were several skools of them swimming about before they notice everyone. The fish began swimming away as the group gave chase. So far, only Gohan, Goten, Scootaloo, Ocellus, and Silverstream were keeping pace with the aquatic creatures. Videl was having trouble react to their swift movements. Yona was sorely lacking, her larger frame making swimming more difficult. Poor Sandbar had to leave the water. The chomper fish saw him as their next meal-- forcing Scootaloo to pull the colt out of the lake. By the end of the training, Gohan and Goten caught two each. Scootaloo caught two while Ocellus and Silverstream caught one each. Videl came ashore with one meager chomper fish in tow. It was shorter than the others by comparison - an annoying fact, she thought- and not at all worth the effort she put into catching it.

"Alright, this session turned out to be a good haul. We'll take these back home and begin the next activity," Gohan said. As Gohan says this, Yona began shaking the water off of her-- soaking everyone that was still dry. "...And probably freshen up with a shower and change of clothes..."

Gallus wipes the water from his brow as h grumbles. "I hope Smolder is having a 'good' time like us..."


[Dragonlands - Gauntlet of Fire Path]



The teenage drakina was flying for her life. The trial of the gauntlet of fire was taxing for any dragon. However, Smolder was currently on her sixth run through the grueling test. Her eyes widen with panic as several flaming stones - each one three times her size - flew toward her. She proceeds to dodge most of them, but time was critical. Bringing her claws forward, Smolder rips every rock to shreds. A smile graces her snout as she makes her way to the island's cave system. Her moment of happiness drops when she lays her eyes upon the new obstacles before her. She heard about the crystal pillars from her brother. The sharp point stabbing against the ground and walls made the little drakina swallow nervously. Smoulder took a runner's stance and dashed through the death trap. She slid, jumped, and under each spear as the entrance to the inner sanctum appeared. Smolder dives through the opening - just as several crystal spikes puncture the Earth - and rolls inside. The objective was simple: retrieve the Bloodstone specter, but Smolder knew better. Otherwise, she wouldn't be here again.

"Well?" Smolder said out loud. "Where's the catch? The specter disappearing? A cave-in? Lava pouring from the sky?" There was no response save for three distinct thuds against the ground. Three adult dragons appeared before her, all of them ready for a fight, as Smoulder sighs. "...I had to ask..."


[Skipping.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laCbE6dAwFo

(Inspire by this video)

"Why do we have these water containers?" Cozy Glow asks. Everyone was now carrying a crate of water in their hands.

"And what does this or any of the things we did have to do with unlocking our energy?!" Videl demand. Gohan noted that frown on Videl's only grows as time passes. "So far, all we've been doing is your grunt work!"

Instead of abolishing or arguing against it, Gohan nods in agreement. "Well, you're technically right,"

Videl was visibly seething before she calmed down. "Technically?"

"This training might seem like grunt work. But, you're all closer to unlocking your power. Now, for this routine, we'll be taking the water to my families' shrine," Gohan said.

"Where is it?" Sandbar asks.

"It's about two miles north of our house," A fresh round of bemoaning sounded off. "Also, flyers can use their wings. However, you have to flap at the same pace as use on the ground,"

Goten became excited as he stood next to his older brother. "Can we do the Skipping song?"

"Sure thing, sport, Let's begin!"

"Yeah! Skip, two, three, four. Skip, two, three, four," Goten got into a rhythm while skipping ahead.

"Golly, that looks like fun!" Cozy said, landing beside Goten. "Skip, two, three, four. Skip, two, three, four!"

"More like embarrassing..." Gallus grumbles, but he stumbles and nearly drops his container. Yona was doing the yak version of skipping. That meant jumping on the ground hard enough to make it tremble. "Yona!"

"What? Yona like the skipping dance," She proceeds to follow along while everyone gives her some space so they can walk.

The griffins grumble again while joining Silverstream and Ocellus in the air. The trip was pleasant for a quarter of the path. Then, all the pleasantries turned into agony. It was a common reoccurring theme at this point. Gohan, Goten, and Scootaloo were fine with the pacing. But the students struggled with each flap and step. Cozy Glow long gave up skipping and relied on her wings. Gallus, Ocellus, and Silverstream found themselves grounded. Yona and Sandbar had it the worst. There was a copious amount of sweat. Videl was struggling again. Her face was flush from the heat and exhaustion of her task. But, a force determination was still present in her eyes. After two more hours, the group made it to the Son family shrine.



Gohan and Goten step to their shrine and open the doors. "It's dark in here," Silverstream said.

"Let me guess: we have to travel across the continent to find a light source," Gallus said flippantly.

Goten moves past everyone to the center of the room. He pours the contents inside a well as Gohan does the same. "Fill this well with the water. After that, we'll only have one more thing to do today. Oh, and don't worry about the lights. Goten, you want to do the honors?"

"Yeah!" Goten exclaimed, moving in front of the well as everyone added their water. Goten closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. Bringing up his hands, Goten forms a small ball of Ki. He raises it above his head before pulling his arms apart. The orb breaks into three parts while following his hand motions. The Ki orbs dance around his body like fireflies. The room was silent - transfixed on Goten's every move - as if watching a play. Goten began shooting mini Ki blast in random directions. Each of the shots finding an unlit candle. For the finale, Goten extends his arms outward, firing the two original Ki orbs. They struck two pyres as the third one calmly sinks into the water-- giving it an alluring glow. Goten concludes his ritual with a bow of respect. "How was that?"

"...Amazing..." Videl was the first to say.

Bashful, Goten rubs the back of his head. "Hehe, it was nothing,"

Cozy Glow was in Goten's face faster than he could blink. "Nothing? That was amazing! Golly, I can't wait to do that myself. Do you think you could show me again later?"

The previous bashfulness grew in volume. "Um, sure!"

"So, what was that?" Ocellus asks.

"That was a ritual my grandpa practices. He taught my dad, and dad taught me..." Gohan goes over pats Goten on the head, earning a giggle. "...And I taught it to Goten. It's a song of respecting the departed and showing personal growth. When you all unlock your Ki, I'd like for you all to try it,"

The students' attitude seems to uplift after that. "So, what do we do now teach?" Gallus asks with a smile.

"Now, we try again. Come sit in front of the shrine," Following Gohan's instruction, everyone sat in a circle. "This time, try and relax. Don't force it or strain yourself. Drawing your energy is as natural as breathing air,"

Gohan carefully observed the group. The mood was different than when they first started. Everyone was more focused, yet relaxed. He could feel their Ki energies surging more to the surface. It was no longer a matter of if they would as it was now who would be first. The answer came in the form of a nudge to the arm. Gohan looks to Scootaloo, who gestures to the young changeling. The nymph in question had her eyes shut. There was a subtle twitch of her wings every so often. But, what drew Gohan's attention was her horn. It was glowing with magic, but trace amounts of Ki energy that was steadily growing. Gohan leans in with a smirk on his face. Ocellus Ki began to shape into a ball above her horn as Goten took notice.

"Hey, you're doing it!" Goten exclaimed.

Ocellus opens her eyes and looks at her horn. A bright smile spreads forms on her features. "I did it?" Looking for confirmation, Gohan and Scootaloo nod.

"Whelp, that's one," Scootaloo stated.

"I did it. I did it. I did it!!!" Silverstream exclaim, holding a ball of Ki. She brought it close to her face. "It's so shiny like the glow fish, but I can make it!"

A scoff drew their attention to Gallus. He was holding a ball of Ki of his own. "I don't see what the big deal is about making a ball. Magic, Ki, it's all the same," Despite his indifferent tone, Gallus couldn't hide his sense of accomplishment.

"Am I doing it right, Goten?" Cozy Glow said.

Goten takes a few steps back from how close Cozy Glow was to him. "Y-yeah, that's fine,"

"So, this is what a unicorn feels like when they're doing their magic tricks," Sandbar said, mesmerized by his ball.

"The shiny ball is too small. Can Yona make it bigger?"

"Well, yeah, but you should take it slow--" Yona didn't hear as she pours more power into her ball. The result was oblivious as the ball grew too large for a novice to handle. Thus, it flew out of the yak's hands, destroying a portion of the shrines' roof in the process. "--Before an accident might happen..."

"...Sorry..."

"I suppose this place was due for a remodeling," Gohan said. The broken roof didn't dampen his mood at all as he looked around. However, he grew concerned when Videl was the only one not holding a ball of Ki. Scootaloo notices this too and frowns.

'It doesn't look like she can do it," Scootaloo said telepathically.

'We don't know that for sure,' Gohan defended.

Scootaloo was about to retort when a small light began to form in Videl's palms. She had done it. "It feels warm..." Videl softly said. She lets out a breath of relief before turning to everyone present. There was no longer a frown adorning her features, but a grateful smile. "So, what's next, teach?"

Scootaloo shot up from her position as she spoke. "What else? It's time to hit the skies!"


[Dragonlands - Throne room.]


Smolder drew a ragged breath as she kneeled on the ground. Her stomach felt like ground beef, and her scales adorned scoff marks. 'Hurts! Everything hurts!!!' She thought. 'Stupid test. Stupid tournament! Stupid Dragon--'

A sharp and condescending voice interrupted her thoughts. "Is that it? That's all you have to offer?" She lifts her head to glare at the one causing her misery. Spike shakes his head as a chuckle escapes his snout. "See, I don't get it. I made you my student because you had potential, despite who your brother was, and you fail my test seven times! Does that reflect on my teachings, or are you a failure?"

It took a moment for Smolder to catch her breath. "You kept changing the course! It got harder and harder each time! How can I beat three adult dragons by myself?!" Smolder looks over to the Dragonlord as if expecting back up. However, Ember looks on impassively.

Spike nods in agreement. He began walking around Smoulder as if stalking his next meal. "That's right. Do you think the tournament will go the way you want it? Do you know whose going to be there? I can tell you this; your opponents will be worth a thousand dragons easy. I was in the finals, you know. I expect you - as my student - to win!" Spike stops in front of Smolder and glares down at her Smolder seen a lot of dragons size each other up. She's done so herself on several occasions. Yet, looking into Spike's eyes made her want to run away. "Or am I wasting time with you? Are you a mighty dragon, or a weak hatchling?"

Smolder snarls at this. "I'm not weak..."

"Really? You're looking weak right now. Maybe you want your brother to take over? Oh, wait, I forgot. He's more worthless than you are right now,"

Smolder shot up, glaring balefully at her teacher. "SHUT UP!!!"

"Make me!"

At that moment, a white aura with dark orange whips shot from Smolder's body. She opens her maw as energy gathers from within it. Ember stands up and forms a shield around the two. Smolder hardly cared for the precautions. She only wanted payback. She flung her head forward as a beam reports from her maw. Spike smirks as he brings up his guard. The beam connects and echoes throughout the throne room. The blast slowly subsides as Ember deactivates her barrier. Spike stood with his arms across his face. Several smoke trails were coming off his body, but he was unhurt. Smolder huffs angrily at her attack's ineffectiveness. She was about to attack again when Spike started laughing. He brings his arms down to reveal a toothy grin.

"Better, Smolder, better. Remember that feeling - that power - that's what it will take to win! Now..." Spike took a combat stance as his aura flares outward. "Round 2?"

"Gladly!"

As the two engaged, Ember stares longingly at her mate. Spike has been getting more and more competitive as the tournament drew closer. She regarded his current and past actions, which made her concerned grow. "What happened to you, Spike?"


[Son Family Shrine.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvgb6CK_OpQ

"Was this how you started flying, Gohan?" Sweetie Belle asks. She was back with the rest of the herd.

"Well, my first flying experience was harrowing, to say the least..." Gohan said, thinking back when he met with Piccolo.

The students stood in a line. Each of them trying various ways to attain flight. Videl stood stiff as broad as she balanced on the tip of her shoes. She looked more like she was trying to stretch herself out, rather than trying to fly. Sandbar took the process further by reaching for the sky. Goten's method involved hopping up and down. It wasn't a problem until Yona decided to join him, which threw everyone off because of the shaking. The four flyers had it the worst. They used their wings several times during the exercise, completely ignoring using their Ki. After a few minutes of this, Scootaloo stops them.

"Alright, stop! You're all doing it wrong!" Scootaloo said. She walks up to the flyers to set them straight. "Having working wings makes this harder, huh? I get it, but you have to ignore the impulse to flap,"

"Easy for you to say," Gallus stated. "You've been using this Ki stuff far longer than any of us,"

"I have to agree. It's hard for those of us able to use our wings to switch them off," Cozy Glow said.

Scootaloo arches a brow at the phrasing before brushing it off. Then, an idea came to her. "You're right. So, let's fixed that problem," She holds up her hand and makes four rings made of Ki. The rings shot out and bind themselves to the student's wings. "There. Now you have to use your Ki unless you like being flightless for the rest of your lives," Scootaloo laughs as the former flyers assault her with protests.

"That's plum mean, Scoots," Applebloom said. Scootaloo's response was to stick her tongue out at her.

"Maybe, but Scootaloo has the right idea," Gohan said, gaining the attention. "Flying and hopping are to different things. And you won't get anywhere by stretching," Sandbar had the good sense to look embarrassed. Videl merely glares with a blush on her cheeks. "Use your energy,"

Everyone nods in understanding and tries again. However, Goten was the first to take flight. His power flowed from his feet, pushing the grass away from him as he started to rise. By the time everyone looked over to him, Goten was high above their head. "Look, Gohan, I'm flying. I'm flying!!!"

"No way..." Gallus said in disbelief.

"Come on, flyers! You going to let a kid show you up?" Scootaloo taunted.

Scootaloo's jeering was what the flyers needed. Ocellus began to levitate first - followed by Cozy Glow - then Gallus and Silverstream. "Whoa! Flying without flapping is like swimming!" Silverstream said, performing several backstrokes.

"At least one of us is having fun!" Gallus exclaimed. He was drifting upwards as he spun in the air.

Cozy flew up to Goten as he was doing loop-de-loops. She giggles to herself as she went to tap his back. "Tag, you're it!"

"Hey! No fair!" Goten shouted before giving chase. The giddy pegasi blow a raspberry as she retreats.

"Look! Look! Yona is a fancy dancer!"

"That's ballerina, Yona," Sandbar said, holding the yak above his head as a ballerina duo would.

"Wow, that's amazing! You guys are using you're energy like you were pros,"

"GOHAN! DID YOU FORGET ABOUT ME!!!" Videl shouted, making everyone flinch.

"Urgh! Listen to that entitlement..." Diamond Tiara scoffs.

"Someone doesn't like being ignored..." Silverspoon added.

"Hehe, sorry about that, Videl. Just focus on your Ki," Gohan said. Videl takes a deep breath and tries again. Much like Goten, the grass flows beneath her. She levitates an inch off the ground before reaching one foot. Gohan couldn't contain his excitement for much longer. "That's it, Videl! You're doing it! Hahahaha!!!"

"Gohan, I'm trying to concentrate," Videl said as she floated back down.

"Congratulations, Videl. You may have been the last, but you're still one of the few humans to fly," Cozy Glow said.

"I guess this means you're going off on your own?" Gohan asks.

Videl quietly pulls out her capsule case. "I'll be back tomorrow,"

"Really? You know how to bring out your Ki now. I recommend some private study--"

"I want to make sure I got this flying thing down," Videl response sharply before glaring at Gohan. "Or, is my presence here a problem?"

Diamond and silver both open their mouths only for Sweetie and Applebloom to stop them. "Nope, just as long as you don't slow us down," Scootaloo teased.

"Trust me when I say you'll be the one eating my dust," Videl said.

"One last thing, Videl. I should cut your hair," Gohan said.

"Hmm? My hair?"

"It might better short,"

By now, the students and Gohan's herd was observing the scene. Videl took her locks in her hands as a small blush form on her face. "Do you mean you like girls with short hair. Gohan?"

Before Gohan could answer, a deathly chill crept up his spine. "I'd like to know that as well," Scootaloo said in a low tone.

"When did our mane style lose your interest?" Sweetie Belle asks.

"N-no, that not what I mean!" Gohan said.

"Then what do you mean?" Silverspoon asks.

"Yeah, is our manes too long, or do you prefer human mares?" Diamond Tiara said.

"No, of course not! No human girl could hold a candle to you girls," Gohan said, making the situation worse.

Videl lost her dreamy gaze and brought back her frown. "Excuse me!"

"Wait. That's not-- I mean, all I am saying is that your hair would be easy to grab in a fight--"

Videl snarls as her face turned redder. "WHY DON"T YOU LEAVE ME AND MY HAIR ALONE, YOU BIG JERK!!!!" With that said, Videl storms off the shrine in her vehicle, leaving a very confused and flustered Gohan.

"Now Ya went and done it," Applebloom said in disapproval,

"W-what did I do-- Ow!?" Gohan yelps as Scootaloo whips his back before leaving. "Scoots-- Ow!" Another two whips from Diamond and Silver as they followed Scootaloo. "Will you tell me what I did-- Ouch!!" Sweetie Belle huffed as she followed behind the others. Gohan rubs his back as Applebloom stands in front of him. Applebloom smirks and grabs his cheeks. Goan began to relax until Applebloom's tail whipped his backside from between his legs.

"Clueless," Applebloom said before joining the others.

"Um, what's going on?" Goten asks.

"Yeah, Yona don't understand,"

"Me neither," Silverstream added.

"I'll have to ask the professors about these emotions," Ocellus noted.

"A crummy romance drama?" Gallus huffs.

"It's okay, Goten. Gohan just doesn't understand a mare's heart," Cozy Glow said.

"Say, teach, are you going to be okay?" Sandbar asks.

"I. Don't. KNOW!!!" Gohan whimpers.

episode 14: Reunion!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[Son Family Shrine - Scootaloo POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Eby-Qsqms

I wonder if this is how Goku felt - this pride swelling inside of me - it's overflowing. All of the students were able to perform Gohan's family rituals. Unfortunately, that meant being proud of Videl. I don't know why she came back. D.T. suggests that Videl was looking to poach Gohan from the herd. Then, Silvie brings up the fact that - despite Videl hating the idea - came with her hair cut short. She also changed her clothes to a white two-strap shirt covering a purple undershirt. Applebloom tried to say she was following advice. I could believe that. There were a few times during the tournament when some creature tried to grab my mane. It didn't end well for my opponent, but Sweetie made another point. Videl fights human criminals all the time with that old mane style. The average mare doesn't cut their manes short. Then, she suddenly changes it at the drop of a hat-- at Gohan's request? Both points seem possible, but, I don't know, I don't get that poacher vibe from Videl. I may not like her, but she has grit, and I respect that. After Ocellus finishes her turn, we all step outside the shrine.

"Welp, it's safe to say, each of you graduated with flying colors!" Gohan said.

"Yea, haha, we did it!" Goten exclaimed, shooting off into the air.

"Say, Teach, how long until we fly like that?" Videl asks with a smirk.

"Urm, that may take more time then why have. This stuff is in Goten's blood, you know,"

"Regardless, all of you are ready for the junior division!" I said. "Isn't that right, Videl?"

"It seems like you're excluding me from the main bracket. Are you that afraid to fight me?"

I could feel the smile growing on my muzzle as I challenged her. "I mean, learning to use your energy doesn't make you the better fighter, it only makes you a fighter that can fly,"

"Interesting theory. It's a good thing we won't have to wait long to test it," Videl sends a smirk of her own before floating in the heir. "I'll see you all at the tournament. And when we meet, I intend to win!" With that promise, Videl flew off.

"See you later, Videl!" Goten shouts.

"Is she gone for good this time?" D.T. huffs.

"Not likely," Applebloom shrugs.

"We should head back too. Grandpa Grump has been twisting my feathers about some secret griffin moves," Gallus said.

"I might sit the junior division out. I have never been the fighting type," Sandbar said. I feel bad for the colt, but I guess not every pony is cut out to be fighters.

"Prince Phayarx also wants me back in the changeling kingdom for skill link," Ocellus said.

That surprised all of us. Ocellus was another creature I knew wouldn't fight. "What is this skill link?" Gohan asks.

"Sorry. It's a secret changeling process,"

"Golly, that isn't fair. Gohan and Goten took us to their family secrets," Cozy Glow pouted.

"I suppose it is unfair," I said.

"She doesn't have to share if she doesn't want to, Cozy," Gohan said.

"Well, I don't want to be rude, and it's something that changelings can do, so I'll tell you. The process is using the hive mind to transfer experiences to one another,"

"That's amazing! You can become a master fighter in half the time," Gohan said. "Anyone else?"

"Yaks don't have a big secret. Smashing always works for yaks, and Yona will smash all the other fighters!!!"

"You won't smash any hippogriffs!" Silverstream exclaimed.

Yona butted her head against Silverstream's. "Yona is going to smash all the fighters!"

"Nuh-uh!" Goten stated, pushing his head against Yona and Silverstream. "I'm going to win!!!"

I decided to but in and separate them. "That's what I want to hear - Confidence, determination - having the right attitude is the key to winning. But, I want you all to remember that you're still friends no matter who wins," I said with a smile.


[Canterlot - Celestia's chambers - Celestia's POV.]



I let a long drawn out sigh as I read the various letters on my desk. It was always the same this time of year as the tournament draws closer. A soft pop went off behind me as I began to open another scroll. I paid my visitor no mind as she is always welcome in my room. The sound of soft clipping hit against the carpet as I read. "Reading fanmail, sister?"

"While I wish for it to be something as trivial, Luna. It is another pledge from King Iron Hoof,"

"Aw, yes, another declaration for marriage should he claim victory in the tournament,"

"It is the same each year,"

"Can you fault the bull for having good taste?" I snorted at that before taking a sip of tea. However, I missed the mischievous grin forming on her muzzle. "Why not reciprocate his feelings, sister? The minotaur king is a strong bull, and his constant proposals are proof of his dedication. Equestria needs an heir to the throne after all,"

I spat at the liquid all over my desk and letters as Luna giggles. The nerve of her, suggest as a thing. "I hardly call his attempts at my courtship dedication as suppose to infatuation. A fine bull, he maybe, but not the one for me," I must remember to thank Scootaloo for her diligence in her training.

"But how can any creature resist such charming poetic skills?" We shared at one another - a flat expression versus an amused one - before breaking out in a fit of giggles. "Speaking of the tournament, I hear rumors that the Earth's champion made a request,"

"Yes, he wants to skip the preliminary round. He believes it that would put undue strain on the reigning champions, Scootaloo included,"

"Hmph, Young Scootaloo never had such complaints,"

"And I said as much in my response. However, Hercule's counterproposal was interesting. Humans have another means of qualification. A way to measure ones strength with a machine,"

"A device like the counter?"

"No, from what I heard, it is a punching machine,"

"It should be interesting to see how Gohan and the others interact with this tool. But aren't you excited? Sir Goku will be returning from the summer lands! We've never met a spirit before!"

"Goku is not a ghost, Luna. As I understand it, he will have a body,"

"It will be quite the welcome indeed,"

Yes, the trap is in place. All the other rulers are aware as well. Whomever these criminals are, should they be foolish enough to reveal themselves, we will--- Aah!!!" A migraine hit my sense as I winced. Luna was instantly by my side.

"Are you ok, sister?"

"I am fine, Luna," I sighed. "These migraines are starting to be a nuisance..." A quick flash of my horn and the headache stops.

"They have been coming more frequently. But, your nightmares is also concerning as of late,"

"What do you mean?"

"They are not nightmares per se, but I am surprised to learn you have such doubts and paranoia,"

"I always have doubts, Luna. And the paranoia stems from the constant threats that rear its ugly head. Perhaps the stress of ruling a kingdom is getting to me..."

There was a pregnant pause as neither of us said anything. "...Then, have you made your decision? Do you believe Young Twilight is ready?

"Indeed she is, we will make our announcement after the tournament. For now, I should get some rest for tomorrow's events,"

"Pleasant dreams, sister,"


[EAT Collesium - Regestration line - Gohan POV.]



We arrived at the registry on time despite how many came with us. Everyone wanted to see my dad again. We walked together in a small group toward the entrance. There was a large number of humans and Equians eating food and mingling.

"I didn't expect such a turn out for this thing," Yamcha said. He opted out against joining the tournament.

"It's amazing to see all these people here at once," Bulma stated.

"Hmph, spectator sports are so meaningless. All I see are blood-crazed parasites. You'll never see them on the field of combat," Vegeta stated.

"I'm inclined to agree for the most part," Piccolo grumbled. I saw eye the several cameras with disdain.

"The times have changed indeed," Master Roshi said. "It's hard to believe this is the first Martial Arts Tournament held on another planet,"

"So, what's our dad like in person?" Goten asks.

"Sorry, sport, no spoilers," I said, poking his nose. Goten bats my hand playfully. "If I go on a tangent about dad, then we'll miss our chance to register,"

"He's right, Goten. Explaining who your father is troublesome," Mother said sternly before a smile graces her lips. "You'll finally have the chance to experience it yourself,"

Grandpa Ox-King let out a belly laugh. "Your father certainly is a character. I'm sure you two will get along well. Although, I'm not quite sure he'll recognize you in that getup, Gohan,"

"Grandpa, remember, I'm the Great Saiyaman!" I reminded. "You can't go blurting out my secret identity like that!"

Grandpa sighs as he shakes his head. "I remember when fighting was about beating the other guy. Now it's fancy costumes and dramatic effects..." Grandpa smiles back down at Goten as he continues. "Now, Goku didn't care for the fancy stuff. He was a real fight fighter through and through,"

"Really?" Goten asks.

"Absolutely," Vegeta said. All of us turned to him like he grew a second head. He smirks at the attention as he continued. "That is, of course, if you admire a second-rate clown,"

"Vegeta!" Bulma scolded, but nobody was surprised.

"What? I'm only him the truth. He should know that the strongest fighter is standing before him right now,"

"Um, Gohan?" Goten asks innocently. All of us had to surprise our laughter at that. Vegeta looked like an angry tomato.

"No, not Gohan, my dad is saying he's stronger than your dad!" Trunks stated. It's still weird looking at him and seeing his future self.

"Nuh-uh! My dad is way stronger," Goten shot back.

Trunks cross his arms with a smirk on his face. "How do you know that if you didn't meet before~,"

"It's a solid point," Yamcha ponders, only for him to receive a glare from mom. "B-but, it's never wise to bet against Goku, hehe..."

"Indeed, I'm sure your father has been training nonstop in Other World," Master Roshi said.

We all enter inside, and another surprise greeted us. The elements of harmony were here waiting for us. Pinkie wore her trademark smile as she came over. "Is he here yet? Huh, huh? Is Sonny here?" Pinkie was moving in between all of us while looking for my dad. At one point, she poked out of my cape. She finally stops in front of us, holding Goten up from under his armpits. "I found him! Who knew being in Otherworld makes you shorter,"

"Actually. Pinkie, I think that little tyke is Goku's kin!" Applejack stated.

Everyone gasp turns to me for confirmation. I nod my head as they start to fawn over him. "The resemblance is uncanny, darling. Although..." For some reason, Rarity spent a good five minutes glaring at Goten's hair. "Perhaps a tad too uncanny!"

"Is there a reason you're staring so intently at my Goten's hair?" My mother asks in confusion.

Rarity instant;y put on her best smile and introduced herself. "Oh, pardon me, darling. I'm Rarity Belle. Young Goten merely reminded me of the time I styled his father's mane. It was my best work. And I would be remiss if I didn't offer the same services to your son here,"

"Um, Rarity, are you sure that's a wise course of action?" Twilight asked tentatively. "Given what happened last time, and your subsequent reaction, I don't--"

"Oh, pish-posh, darling. I have a proven method that I have mastered over the years. Are you interested, Miss?"

"Chi-Chi," Mother said, extending her hand. Rarity eager accepts. "I have to warn you, though. Styling Goku's and Goten's hair isn't easy. How much will you need?"

"Oh, it's on the house, darling,"

"By the way, where are the girls?" I asked.

"Scootaloo is getting fitted up for her appearance while mah sister and her friends had to go secure their seats," Applejack explained.

"This year's attendance is record-breaking considering the people of Earth joining the ranks," Twilight clarified.

"Hey, look, We have a Mini 18 and Mini Trunks!" Pinkie exclaimed. She lifted Trunks from the ground and gave him.

Trunks were struggling to free himself in Pinkie's hug. "Hey, let me go! How do you know my name?"

"We met back when you were a foal," Twilight answers.

"Oh my, you're both so cute. Goten even has matching clothes," Fluttershy cooed. Trunks and Goten started to blush at the attention they were getting. The noise the girls were making rouse Marron from her sleep.

Instantly, Marron became the sole focus as they swarmed 18 from all sides. "Her name is Marron. Wait, Pinkie, how did you know about 18?" Krillin asks.

"Oh, she has the same blue eyes as android 16. Plus, I haven't picked up any energy signature from her this whole time. Congratulations, Krillin, you snagged you a keeper,"

Krillin and 18 linked at Pinkie's analysis. Before they could say anything, Twilight appeared before her. "Amazing, another android! Is your design similar to 16? Is Marron an android too? If not, how did you reproduce?"

18 responds with a blank look. "Marron is not an android - she human - much like Krillin. My design isn't something I like talking about, and you're a big girl. You should know about the birds and bees,"

Huh, it's weird watching purple turn into a darker shade like that. "So, you and Krillin?" Rainbow asks abruptly.

"Rainbow!!!" The element chastised.

"What? You all were wondering the same thing!"

"Wondering what, exactly?" 18 asks. There was a dark edge in her tone.

"I-I mean, I was wondering if both of you were entering the tournament. I don't know what you thought I meant," Rainbows smiles sheepishly.

Applejack snorts as she spoke. "Liar,"

"I am not!"

Before things could escalate, I felt the air shift. A familiar energy signal made all of us stop in our tracks. I don't think I ever saw Pinkie turn so fast in my life. But, there was our dad with his trademark Gi and smile. He gave us a salute as he spoke. "Hey, everyone. It's been a long time, hasn't it?"

"DAD/GOKU/SONNY!!!"


[Third Person POV.]


Goku found himself bombarded by hugs from everyone. "Whoa, easy, I don't want to die from getting squashed!"

Pinkie snorted out a laugh as she hugged him tighter. "Back from the dead with new material? Impressive!"

"I see they're feeding you good in the Otherworld, huh? You look right as rain, like you never left us," Applejack complimented.

"I know. There are no visible distinctions between your previous body and this one. Other than that ring above your head, I mean. Does it signify any special status?" Twilight asked, examining every inch of Goku's body.

The sound of a disgruntled scoff grew the group's attention. Goku hadn't come alone as Baba the witch waves at the group. However, it was the second arrival that stole the speech of everyone. There, in a black and green version of Goku's Gi, was Queen Chrysalis. She looks at the group in disgust - the group, in turn, glares back at her - while Goku looks back and forth between them. Everyone went on alert, but everyone stops as Goku stood in front of the former queen. A smug grin forms on the changeling's features as she spoke.

"Goku, be a dear and destroy them. As your queen, I command it!"

"Huh?" Goku said in confusion.

"What?" The elements shouted.

"Now things are getting interesting," Vegeta smirks.

"Chrysalis..." Baba said in a warning tone.

Before the witch could explain, Scootaloo flickers onto the scene. It only took one glance at Chrysalis for Scootaloo to charge. Luckily, Goku caught her stops with her fist mere inches from Chrysalis' muzzle. Accusations started to spread around as Chrysalis watches in amusement. Baba sneers at the changeling while reading her voice. "ENOUGH!!!"

Master Roshi approaches her with a stern glare. "I realize you have a job to perform, but I believe an explanation is in order,"

"There is, and I was about to give it..." Baba glares one more time at Chrysalis. "Before someone thought it was prudent to joke around!"

"Is it my fault the fools present are still as weak and skittish after seven years?" Chrysalis said coyly.

"I'll show you whose weak!" Rainbow shout, charging ahead. However, a magenta aura freezes her in place. "Urgh! Twilight? Let me go! Let me at her! I'll make regret the day she was born!"

Chrysalis responds in a bored tone. "How will you make regret my life when I'm already dead?" Chrysalis' question gave Rainbow pause. She gestures Baba to the restrained pegasus. "See?"

"Please continue what you were saying, miss?" Twilight asks.

"This is Baba the Witch," Master Roshi said. "She--"

A sharp gasp erupts from Pinkie as she zooms to Baba. "You're witch!? The kind that put curses and hexes on other creatures!" Pinkie leans in to whisper as Baba shies away from the party pony a little. "Do you happen to know an evil enchantress that does evil dances. I thought I did before but--"

"PINKIE!!!" The girls shout again.

"What? I don't have a catchy tune for witches yet,"

A chuckle escapes Baba's lips at the scene. "My, you are a colorful bunch. And no, my dear, I am not that type of witch. I act as a spirit medium for this world and the next," Baba finished with a smile. However, the ponies looked at her with confusion.

"It means Baba here acts as an anchor for departed spirits to communicate with the living," Master Roshi explains.

"I get it, like a message pony, or how Spike used to deliver letters through Dragonfire," Twilight explained. The rest of the nod their heads in understanding. "And Chrysalis?"

"Aw, she is here as part of her probation. Recently, there was an incident in the underworld that required her aid. And before you ask, I can't go into further details," Baba turns back to Chrysalis, who still looks bored by everything happening. "We will be watching your progress. Stick to the form we agreed upon and stay out of trouble," Chrysalis grunts in frustration as she took her human form. Yamcha stiffens up at seeing his ex. His reaction did not go unnoticed. "Goku, can I count on you to keep an eye on her?"

"She won't leave my sight, Baba!" Goku affirms.

"Good, you both have twenty-four hours. Enjoy your time," Baba said before vanishing.

There was an awkward silence before Goku notices something. Goten was hugging Chi-Chi's leg, ducking behind her when Goku notices his gaze. "Hey, Chi-Chi, there is a mini-me standing behind you," Goku approaches them while kneeling to Goten's eye level. "Hey, there,"

"Go on, Goten, meet your father," Chi-Chi encourages.

Goten peaks out behind his mother's leg to gaze at Goku's smile. "You're my dad?" Goku nods as Goten rushes from behind Chi-Chi. Goku catches him in his arm and spins him around. The laughter of father and son dominated the area. "Haha, daddy!!!"

"Man, what's Chi-Chi feeding you? You'll be strong than me in no time if you keep it up," Goku laughs. "And Scootsloo, wow, you might be taller than Rainbow Dash,"

"Seven years and a growth spurt will do that to you," Scootaloo said bashfully.

"As touching as this is, we should get to the registry," Piccolo said.

"Hey, you're right. But, where's Spike?" Goku asks as the group moves further inside. There were fighters from Earth and Equis making returns. All of them here for a chance to capture fame or relive the glory. However, Goku's eyes met with a cloaked figure staring at him. Goku narrows his eyes at the stranger until a pair of fighters broke his line of sight. The moment they passed, the mystery fighter was already gone. "Huh?"

"You got secret admirers too?" Scootaloo asks her mentor.

"What do you mean?" Scootaloo gestures to her left to another pair of cloaked individuals. "Do you think they're a problem?"

"They might be, I can't sense their energy, so they know how to use their Ki. But, I bet they're some ponies I clocked before,"

Goku smirks down at his pupil. "Are you having doubts?"

"No way! This year's tournament might be the best one yet!"

"Since Spike is the prince consort, he'll be coming with Ember along with the other leaders," Twilight explained. "Oh, they are arriving now,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyXr_8hJ1hU

Several airships and dragons were descending from the sky. However, there was one in particular that caught everyone's sight. Immediately, the reporters flocked to the capsule corp vessel. The world martial arts champion of Earth steps down from his personalized airship. He wore his championship belt proudly around his waist as Videl follows behind him. "GREETING PLANET EQUIS! YOU'RE NEW UNDISPUTED CHAMPION OF THE EAT IS HERE!!!"

"Hercule!"

"Hercule!"

"Hercule!"

Videl looked disinterested and kept her eyes closed. Annoyance was written clearly on her face as she crosses her arms. A news reporter game up with a microphone. "Hercule. Mr. Hercule! That was a bold claim you just made. Do you believe you can best the other competitors here?"

"It's simple logic, Jimmy," Hercule said.

"My name's not--"

"I Fought everything the Earth has to offer. Nothing could stop me from claiming the title. Even a monster like Cell couldn't handle my awesome power. I don't I'll even break a sweat,"

"And what about the E.A.T. champion? Do you believe your counterpart will pose an issue? She has held the title for seven years straight,"

Hercule gave the reporter a dismissive wave. "Bah. The only reason she kept the title so long is because of two reasons, Jimmy,"

"And what are they, Mr. Hercule?"

"Mediocrity and luck. The fighters here might be strong by Equis standard, but they never fought any creature like me! Scooter Who's been lucky enough to be slightly better than the rest, but your luck has run out. I hope she had fun living the dream because she's in for a rude awakening!"

"Wow, you could give Trixie a run for her bits!" Scootaloo called out, approaching the interview.

Hercule eyes his rival with a smirk. Scootaloo barely came up to his chest in terms of height. And her body type was similar to Videl's. "Hmph, I was expecting you to be taller,"

Scootaloo smirks up at him before turning to Videl. "I see you made it,"

"Naturally," Videl said with a smirk of her own.

"You won't mind if I take your blowhard dad to the cleaners, will you?"

"That depends, will you mind if I wipe the floor with you first?"

"We'll see," Scootaloo extends her hand to Videl as she does the same. The two bump fists before Scootaloo faces Hercule again. She holds out for a handshake. Hercule wore a face of confusion during Videl and Scootaloo's entire exchange. He shakes his head while grabbing her hand. The moment their hands locked up, Scootaloo applied the pressure. Hercule's confident facade morphs into a troubled one as he did his best to hold his smile. However, he was turning red in the face. "Good luck out there, champ. May the best fighter win," Scootaloo mercifully let's go as Hercule's hand swelled up slightly.

She went back to her group as Krillin snickers. "I got to admit. I was expecting to start squealing like a pig. The guy knows how to put on a class act,"

episode 15: Renewed Rivalries!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity is struggling on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[E.A.T. Colosseum - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2hAB4kbVxI

The two figures watched in silence as the z warriors walked further away. One of them took an aggressive step forward before their partner stops them. "What are you doing?!"

"What are you doing?"

"Our job! We need energy for the master. Dodoloo is the champ. She has it coming for what she and her little friends did to us!"

"I agree, but what do you suggest? Do we blow our cover now, pick a fight with her and her friends, and get away scot-free?"

"..."

"Maybe we could beat all of those freaks she got around herself along with the elements and the princesses,"

"Oh, come on, it's not like the princesses are an issue. The master has a plan for them,"

"And we can't ruin that plan by doing something stupid! We play it smart for now and pick our spot. Once our job is said and done, the 'champ' will get what's coming to her!"

The two mystery fighters blend into the crowd as the spectator went to get their seats. The competitors began to organize inside the Colosseum ring. The juniors division contenders stood in front of the adult division. Goku looked around the arena to get a better look at his future opponents. There were many fighters present that he fought both on Earth and Equis. However, many of the warriors of Equis instantly recognized Goku. It was hard to forget the man that was bold enough to challenge Princess Celestia. Upon that realization that the winner of the first E.A.T. was here, the chatter grew in volume. Goku's presence was beginning to draw attention to their little group. Vegeta scoffs at the attention while Crystal rolls her eyes. 18 and Piccolo put an air of indifference, while Krillin smiles meekly at them. Scootaloo pouts a bit at the lack of comments about her, but a reassuring shoulder grab from Gohan made her forget about the glory.

"Someone's popular," 18 noted.

"It's no surprise since Goku won the first tournament," Scootaloo shrugs.

"Hmph. Who cares about Kakarot's pathetic fan club. I only want to start so we can thin the weaklings out," Vegeta stated.

"I knew my eyes weren't deceiving me. It's good to see you again, Ambassador!"

The Z warriors turned over to find King Iron Hoof - alongside his son Cloven Hoof - prepared for war. "It's been far too long!"

"Hey, you're that minotaur king. Iron Hoof, right?" Goku asked.

The king of Minos let out a boisterous laugh. "I'm glad you remember me, Ambassador. Of all the battles I had over the years, none can compare to our first bout," Scootaloo's frown was palpable after that. "Since then, I have honed my skills for combat. You will not best me so easily this time!"

Goku watches as his ax glowed from the runes etched into it. He looks at Iron Hoof, who appeared to be aging slightly but still fit for battle, with a smile. "Looking forward to it. Can I expect both of you during the preliminaries?"

This time Cloven Hoof spoke up. "Father will be going first. Should he fall, you will face me. My armor has gone through several improvements. And I want to have a proper duel with you this time," The last part of that held a hint of regret. His past transgressions about Goku were misguided at best. It was unbecoming of a king to put himself before the needs of his people, yet that what Cloven Hoof did when he challenged Goku. He wanted to apologize, but how could he? Cloven stayed quiet while staring at Goku the entire time. Smug laughter broke the young bulls musing as he turns to Crystal. "What's so funny?"

"You. You're a well of regret and sorrow. All of it directed at Son Goku here - but he isn't the cause, no - he's more a symptom of it," Crystal began walking a circle around the two bulls. "I can read your whole story from the look on your face. You were grieving. You wanted revenge, but the target was innocent. Now you want to apologize, but you can't bring yourself to do because of your pride," Crystal's mocking tone left Cloven Hoof seething. She turns to him with a scoff as she continues. "Honestly. What a pathetic excuse of a minotaur you are!"

A hidden blade unsheaths from Colven's embrace. He lets out a snort as he charges at the smirking woman. However, Iron Hoof places his ax between the two. Cloven looks confused as his father gave him a natural expression. "What is anger?" Iron Hoof asks.

It took some effort, but Cloven calms down to reply. "Anger is a tool many welds as a weapon. And a warrior must always be in control of his weapon," Cloven Hoof glares at Crystal. "You're right, father. When the time comes, I will use my weapon properly!"

"Oh, I am petrified~,"

"Crystal," Goku said in a warning tone. Crystal gave him a dismissive wave in response. "Besides, it looks like it's starting!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We_6AYSMdFE

"GOOD AFTERNOON FIGHT FANS!!!" The audience erupts into cheers as a well-dress stallion takes center stage. "HERE WE ARE ONCE AGAIN AT THE GRANDEST STAGE OF THE YEAR! AS YOU KNOW, I AM YOUR WONDERFUL HOST, COLOR COMMENTARY WELCOMING YOU BACK TO THE EQUIS ALLIED TOURNAMENT!" More cheers rang out as C.C. continues. "AS I LOOK AROUND THE ARENA, I CAN TELL THAT THIS YEAR IS GOING TO SOMETHING SPECTACULAR. WE HAVE SET NEW RECORDS IN ATTENDANCE BY HOUSING FIGHT FANS FROM TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS!"

"YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN, C.C. THIS TURNOUT BEATS ANY ATTENDANCE RECORD I EVER SEEN ON EARTH!"

C.C. turns to his left to see a human dress in similar attire to himself. A black and blue suit with black sunglasses of his own. "WHOA. CHECK OUT THIS HANDSOME DEVIL. IF I DIDN'T KNOW ANY BETTER, I'D SAY I FOUND MY LONG LAST BROTHER! AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE, MY COMPATRIOT?"

"I'M A SIMPLE ANNOUNCER, MUCH LIKE YOURSELF, FOR THE WORLD MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT HELD ON EARTH. WHEN I HEARD OF IT'S MIGRATION TO THIS WORLD, I COULD NOT STAY AWAY!"

"AND THAT'S WHY I LOVE THE BUSINESS FOLKS. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD SPECTATOR SPORT TO BRING THE WORLDS TOGETHER! NOW LET'S GIVE A BIG HAND TO THE ONES WHO ORGANIZE THIS EVENT: THE PRINCESSES OF EQUESTRIA!"

A ball of light appears over the Colosseum as it descends from the heavens. It disperses on top of the overlooking skybox, revealing the forms of Celestia, Luna, Twilight, and Cadence. The cheers grew in volume, mostly from the Equians, for the Equestrian royalty. Celestia steps forward and politely gestures for them to stop. "Thank you all for coming here once again. We are pleased with this turnout," Celestia said.

"We see that there is no shortage of warriors from both worlds. It is our sincerest hope everyone here today gives their all," Cadence stated.

"The chance for honor, glory, and victory looms over each of you. Who amongst you here has the drive and determination?" Luna asked. The participates responded with a resounding roar of affirmation that brought a smile to Luna's face.

"But, there can only be one winner. And should you prevail, any desire you wish can be yours," Twilight finished.

Celestia steps forward again, only to pause and grip her head. Twilight and others looked concerned, but Celestia waved it off. "Now, it is time to commence!"

More cheers accompanied the tetrarchy words. "THE RULES HAVE CHANGED DUE TO THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF PARTICIPATES FOR THE ADULT DIVISION. THE WORLD TOURNAMENT ORGANISERS CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION. A DEVICE TO TEST THE MIGHT OF EVERYONE HERE," The announcer pulls out a capsule and throws it. A large machine with a red pad appears before the gathered fighters. "THIS IS A PUNCHING MACHINE. THE COUNTER ABOVE IT WILL MEASURE THE STRENGTH OF THE IMPACT. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS STRIKE THE PRESSURE PAD. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE TWO CURRENT CHAMPIONS TO GIVE US A DEMONSTRATION," Scootaloo flew up to the machine as Hercule made a spectacle.

"Allow me to go first, little missy," Hercule discards his white cape as he took his stance. "HOOAH!!! MEGATON PUNCH!!!" He throws a straight punch against the pressure point. The screen above flashed several times before settling on a three-digit number.

"AMAZING SPORTS FANS! THE WORLD CHAMPION OF EARTH SCORED ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN POINTS! HOW WILL OUR REIGNING EAT CHAMPION RESPOND?"

Hercule walks back with a proud grin on his face. He places a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's shoulder as he spoke. "I hope this doesn't give you feet or anything. There are not many people that can measure up to me!"

"I'm sure you'd be surprised about how many that do..." Scootaloo mutters. She steps up to the machine. Since Hercule was grandstanding, she decided to show off as well. She took a deep breath and flared her wings. "SUPER TERRIFIC ULRTA POWERFUL INSTANT DESTROYER PUNCH!!!" Despite the dramatic name, Scootaloo's punch was barely considered a love tap.

Piccolo chuckled in amusement. "Nice acronym,"

The human announcer wore a gobsmack expression as he read the score. "One hundred and seventy-six points..."

"Eh?" Hercule said. The crowd shared the world champ's sentiments. Hercule regains some composure. "That wasn't bad. But there's no need to push yourself already. We got to save the good stuff for the fans,"

Scootaloo gave Hercule a flat as she stares at Hercule. He was putting on a front, evident by the trickle of sweat going down his head. Hercule's nervous expression only seems to grow as a shy smile appears on Scootaloo's features. "Don't worry, champ. I got plenty of tricks up my sleeves,"

"Alright, good. Come on, you grunts! Get up here and show this machine whose boss!"

"PLEASE NOTE THAT JUNIOR DIVISION RULES HAVE NOT CHANGED AND WE DRAW BRACKETS AS BEFORE!"

At that moment, the two cloaked fighters Scootaloo saw earlier came up to the machine. The Z warriors noted one was a head taller than the other. The tallest one stops in front of Scootaloo, seemingly to size her up. Scootaloo herself was unsure of the fighter's motives but kept her guard up. She could tell the being in front of her was a stallion. Stallions give off a harsher snort from their nostrils than mares. She locked eyes with her would-be challenger for a few more moments before speaking. "If you want an autograph, you'll have to wait during the break,"

"Urgh! You even sound like that rainbow loser now. But, you're still the same Dodoloo to me!" Scootaloo's eyes widen in shock at the insult. She didn't have time to process the remark as the mystery stallion struck the machine.

"Uh, two hundred and six..." The announcer said.

Hercule's jaw nearly dislocated at what he saw, but Scootaloo ignored him. "Rotten Core?!" She had not seen Rotten Core since the first E.A.T. tournament.

"That's right, chicken wings. I'm back. I am better, stronger, and ready for payback!"

"Payback?"

A snarl worked its way to Rotten's features. "Because of you, I had to go through two years of sensitivity training! All those doctors tried to do was tell me that who I was didn't fit in their society. Buck that!" Rotten took off his cloak to off his physique. He was wearing white shorts with a belt buckle around his waist. The clip itself had the letter M on it. He was also as tall as a minotaur and as bulky as a yak. "You like the new bod?" He flexed his arms and pectorals as veins pulsated with each motion.

Scootaloo's features morphed into disgust. Pegasi proportions were always sleek and aerodynamic. The only expectations were when other traits entered the gene pool, such as earth or unicorn genes. But Pegasi genes were almost as stubborn as earth pony genes. Bulk Biceps was the only extreme case of deviation due to his great ancestor being a minotaur. Rotten's new body felt unnatural. At least, not without some intervention. Despite the bulging muscles, Scootaloo wasn't impressed.

"So, what, you graduated from a beanstalk? Is that letter suppose to mean 'meathead' now?"

Another snarl appears before the sound of laughter went off. "We both been through some changes. But, for the most part, she's right. You're still a meathead," Spoiled takes his turn and hits the pressure point. Once again, the crowd and announcers went silent.

"...Two hundred and fourteen..." Hercule whispered out.

Scootaloo arches another brow at the familiar voice. "Spoiled Brat?"

"Surprised? We thought now would be a good time for a reunion,"

Scootaloo remembers the Spoiled family leaving Ponyvile for Canterlot sometime after Rotten Core got arrested. They wanted to distance themselves from associating with Rotten's family. However, they ran into some bad luck affording a home in the capital and took some questionable loans. Spoiled's family wound up so far in debt that they became destitute. However, Canterlot has the best homeless programs, but it wasn't enough for Spoiled. He ran away at the first chance. Just like Rotten, Spoiled Brat underwent some changes as well. His body structure was similar to Hercule. However, he wore long baggy pants with the same belt buckle.

"Ok, I get it. You're both here to settle some score we never had - to satisfy your bruised egos - while blaming every pony but yourselves. I would say I expected better, but Applebloom would nag me for lying,"

Rotten took an aggressive step forward before Spoiled stops him. "Well, here's some truth for you. We're going to crush you in every single aspect of your life!"

"Count on that, Dodoloo!" Rotten sneered as they both walked away.

"THINGS KEEP GETTING MORE AND MORE INTERESTING, FIGHT FANS! THIS YEAR'S TOURNAMENT IS BRIMMING WITH TENSION FROM OLD RIVILARIES!!!!"

Up in the bleachers, the rest of Gohan's herd were in shock. "Are Y'all seeing this? Those two snakes are back!" Applebloom said.

"Who?" Silver Spoon asked.

"Spoiled and Rotten. Those two annoying little dorks are entering the tournament!" Diamond Tiara sneered.

"Really? What happened to them? Rooten looks like he has Bulk Biceps as a gym coach!"

Sweetie Belle shakes her head at the arena floor. "It's obvious they want to start trouble,"

"Well, it's not like they can with Scootaloo or Gohan," Silver said. "Then, there all the others down there,"

"I doubt they even make it past the preliminaries," Diamond said, sharing a laugh with Silver Spoon.

"But, still, I got a bad feeling about all this," Applebloom said cautiously.

Scootaloo steps back from the machine and rejoins Gohan and the others. The other members of the adult division all took their turns afterward. Most of the earthling fighters scored below Hercule, so they were exempt from competing. Most of the Equians managed to tie with either Scootalo or Hercule. The scores discouraged some of the humans, but many held firm. That was until the rest of the Z warriors went up. All of their scores match or surpassed Scootaloo's score, leaving the other participates stunned as Goku steps back, the other mystery fighter steps past him. The space between the two seems to fade out as the figure stops as well. The cloak fell to the floor as Goku recoils in shock. He was wearing a silver chest plate on top of a dark green shirt. A pair of leg braces resting over black tunic pants and matching gauntlets on his wrist. Around the man's waistline was a red cape with white fur trimming. What stuck out most was the crown with a red gem at the center. The man turned to the punching and thrust his palm into it. Like the other Z fighters, his score was above standards.

"TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SEVEN! HOW UNBELIEVABLE, FIGHT FANS! THIS YEARS TOURNAMENT IS BRIMMING WITH PRIME CONTENDERS!!!!"

Goku blinks for a few moments before he finally spoke. "Hold on, aren't you King Sombra?"

"...I see you've grown my perceptive..." Sombra said, looking around nervously.

"What are you doing here? I thought the princesses banished you,"

"Yes, they did. But, my banishment pertains to the Crystal Empire. I have chosen an alias to compete in this tournament. I don't want any undue attention upon myself. You may refer to me as Shade,"

Goku smirks as he looks back at the punching machine. "Well, it's going to be hard to hide out with your score just now,"

"Yes, but I couldn't get my wish if I showed weakness here,"

"Your wish, huh?" The shift in Goku's tone put Smbra on guard. "Are you going to as them to lift your punishment?"

"You may find this hard to believe, but I am on a quest of penance. I wish to undo the sins that I have wrought,"

Goku looked confused as he responds. "I doubt you can get people to forgive your sins by asking the princesses,"

"True. But, the goal I have in mind is far more tangible. I wish to restore Queen Amore,"

"Restore?"

"When I discovered the truth about my nature, I petrified her. Then, I shattered and scattered her remains to the wayside. I know that princesses have gained the means to restore life. Once I win, I will plead my case to them and, hopefully, they will help me,"

'So he's after the Dragonballs, huh,' Goku thought. "If you don't want forgiveness, then why fight at all? What if the princesses say no?"

"They won't say no. Queen Amore was dear to them. And, I want my foal to look at me and not see a monster..."

"Whoa! You're having a baby!?" Sombra frowns at Goku's outburst. Everyone quickly turns to them as Goku laughs sheepishly. "Sorry. Is Radiant Hope here right now?"

"She is, and she already had a foal-- A little colt,"

"Congratulations. But, don't think I'll go easy on you,"

Goku extends his hand as Sombra accepts. "I'd be insulted if you did,"

The two break away as Goku returns to the other Z warriors. "Hey, Kakarot! Who is that?" Vegeta asks.

"Just another average fighter,"

Vegeta scoffs at this. "There's nothing average about that one. His energy feels similar to yours, but he can't be a Saiyan!"

"You can say we have a connection. But, the only way to test him out is to fight him yourself,"

Piccolo took this time to step forward. "Do you honestly think the princesses would allow their former enemy to use the Dragonballs?"

Goku gave the Namekian a baffled look. "How--"

Piccolo merely points to his ears. "I have the best hearing in the universe, remember?"

"Wait, you said something about that guy being trouble. How? He's a human as far as I can tell," Krillin said.

"Does the name King Sombra mean anything to you?" Piccolo asks Scootaloo.

The orange pegasus gasps once she recognizes Sombra's form. "That is Som--"

"Shh!!!" Goku quickly silences his pupil. "Easy Scootaloo. We don't want to blow his cover,"

"Goku. He tried to take over the Crystal Empire again! He foal-napped me and infected me with his pet monsters!!!"

That remark brought a frown on Gohan's face. "I don't get it, dad. Why cover for that guy if he's bad news?"

"Because he wants to atone for his past," Piccolo said. "That doesn't mean the princesses will agree; let only Dende or me!"

"Well, even if they say no, we can still help," Everyone looked at Goku as if he'd grown a second head. "Come on, Piccolo. Can you of all people be against someone looking for a second chance?"

"...Fine..."

"Hmph! I see your death has taught you nothing pointless sensibilities!" Vegeta huffs.

"I guess I can't argue with that logic," Gohan said.

Scootaloo groans before perking up. "At least I get the chance to get some payback! But, I don't Spike will be as forgiving. Sombra did punch a hole into him,"

"Just remember that the only fighter you should be concerned about is me! Everyone else is irrelevant, and I won't have our battle marred by distractions!"

"Speaking of Spike, look," Gohan said, gesturing to the wayward dragon.

"Is this necessary?" Spike's voice called out. Everyone turned to see Spike, Ember, and Smolder approaching the machine.

"LOOK AT THIS, FIGHT FANS. SPIKE AND EMBER WERE BOTH PREVIOUS PARTICIPATE OF THE VERY FIRST EAT TOURNAMENT! FOR THOSE UNAWARE, SPIKE FOUGHT ALONGSIDE HIS MASTER SON GOKU WHO BOTH MADE TO THE FINALS! DRAGONLORD EMBER AND SPIKE ONCE SHARED THE FABLE PROMISE FLAME RIGHT HERE IN THIS VERY ARENA!" The audience had more mixed reactions as the Earth people were confused about the topic. "HAVE YOU COME TO BE TEST YOUR STRENGTH?"

"I can't say we are, I mean, look at this thing. Any drake in the audience can rip this thing to pieces. Smolder is a junior, and she can beat most the pretenders here,"

A series of gasp rang out from the crowd. "WHOA! A BRAZEN PROCLAMATION! I MAY BE NEW TO THE SCENE OF EQUIS, BUT I KNOW ARROGANCE WHEN I HEAR IT. TELL US SPIKE, WHY DO YOU SAY SUCH A CLAIM?"

Spike waves his hand over to the punching machine. "Let's talk about this thing for a second. It's supposed to measure someone's strength, right?" Spike got a nod from both announcers and Hercule. Although, for the Earth's champion, his response was more automatic than anything else. "But what if that creature was holding back? An attack that looks weak could knock someone off their hooves,"

Hercule shook his head from his stupor and steps toward Spike. "That's a whole lot of nonsense you're spewing. How can someone insanely strong make an attack look weak? Even a world-renowned martial artist like myself can old hold back so much," Spike merely smirks at this. He forms a flicking motion with his hand and stands at the pressure pad. "You can't be serious,"

"Here's 150..." Spike flicks his index finger, and the numbers one, five, and zero are displayed on the counter. "300," He flicks again, and the score reflected his words. "500. I'm sure you get it by now. Heck, even Smolder could break this thing in one hit," Spike nods to his pupil as Smolder took her position.

"Ok, now I know you're full of it. It's one thing to prop up yourself - with obvious defective machinery, I might add - but to overestimate a little girl like her is--"

"--HAH!!!" In one fluid motion, Smolder's fist broke the pressure, collapsed the machine inward, and launched the remains of the device against the wall. The audience panic briefly as the former punching collides with the barrier. Hercule's jaw got reintroduced with the ground as his eyes bulged out. The rest of the spectators did their best imitation of a goldfish.

"I'll never understand why humans obsess with these trinkets," Ember stated.

"You were saying something, champ?" Spike asks smugly.

Back with the Z warriors, Gohan slaps his hand to his head. "Huh, so much for restraining..." Goku said.

"Nice one, Spike," Scootaloo said with a frown.

"Now that one is speaking my language," Vegeta said with a smirk.

episode 16: The Junior Division, round 1!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[E.A.T. Colosseum - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2JjjSKh6jM&t=460s

Smolder walks back to Spike and Ember with an expression of intensity. She glances back at the adult and junior participates as they flinched. Spike's smile grew wider as talks of abandoning the tournament spread among the fighters.

"No way!"

"That kid just obliterated that punching machine,"

"I-I think I hear mom calling,"

Some of the competitors began to file out of the Colosseum. "Look at them all. They're leaving the place in droves," Krillin stated.

"Can you blame them?" Piccolo said.

"No, but this reaction has been a problem. The princesses ask me to tone down the flexing when it came to my fights. It gets boring holding back. But, I won't let any creature be the champ if their not up to snuff," Sootaloo said.

"Then why should we suffer the weaklings?" Spike stated. "What's the point in pretending they have a chance? That's nothing more than giving them false hope. It seems cruel to lead them on like that. I didn't know you had it in you, Scoots,"

"That's not what it is, and you know it! Would you ask a colt to fight any of the princesses and expect him to win? Or would that colt know it's impossible and not even bother!"

Spike shrugs his shoulders as he looks over to Goten. "It depends on the colt. I'm sure mini Goku over there could last a few rounds against any of the princesses,"

"Urgh! That's not the same. Goku, back me up here,"

"Well, Spike is right," Goku said. Scootaloo was about to protest but stops herself after seeing Goku's expression. "But, only to a certain extent. Knowing your limits isn't a bad thing. But, it's up to you if you want to surpass them. You remember that lesson, right? Surpassing yourself?"

Spike pursed his lips. "I do. And these wimps can't handle the pressure,"

Goku shakes his head. "There's a difference showing someone the error of their ways and what you did. That was a show of force. A display to show dominance over them,"

A chuckle from the left turned everyone's attention to Vegeta. "It's funny you should say that, Kakarot. I seem to recall you showing off against the likes of Nappa and the Ginyu force. The way you handled Recomme, Burter and Jeice could hardly be called sportsman-like conduct,"

"I gave everyone I ever face a chance to walk away. I didn't delight in making anyone feel inferior,"

"Can you honestly tell me you can talk down a warrior that hasn't even fought someone of a higher caliber? No, of course not. If any of these competitors call themselves warriors, then they must be willing to prove their mettle. Who has the skill, drive, and ruthlessness to prevail! That is all that matters on the field of combat! Anything less than these requirements is nothing short of weakness! Once again, Kakarot, your lack of pride blinds you to the truth!"

"Pride or arrogance?" Scootaloo said. Vegeta shot her a glare, but Scootaloo held firm.

"Didn't you say the princesses requested for you to tone down the 'flexing'? And that you stated how boring that was?" Vegeta counters.

Scootaloo cheeks turned red as she retorted. "They ask me to stop beating my opponents in one shot! I don't go around making other creatures feel weak!"

"See. That's what I'm talking about right there," Spike said. "How is it fair to us that we have to cater to everyone else? If you're worried about boring fights, then let's cut through the amateur hour. Who cares if their feeling is hurt! They should've trained harder!"

"That not fair, Spike, not everyone can have the same training as you," Gohan said.

"So who determines what is fair? Should we go to every single creature from here to earth and make sure they're as strong as Super Saiyan? Or a Namekian. Or maybe the alicorns? Can a human measure up to a fire breathing dragon? No! The fact is you can only work with what you got. There are winners and losers - this is a tournament that decides the best - and I'm here to prove it's me!"

"Ok, ok. Let's calm down for a second here. We all know tournaments can be stressful and competitive. But, we're all still friends here," Krillin said.

"Krillin's right. It's all in good fun, after all," Goku holds his hand out to Spike. "If you have gotten stronger since last time, then I'm looking forward to the rematch!"

"Count on it!" Spike sent Goku a toothy grin as he grips his hand. Goku's smile fell as his eyes widen slightly.

'...This ki...' Goku stares straight into Spike's eyes as a flash of crimson gazes over his emerald pupils. "Spike, your energy is--"

"--Enormous? Yeah, I know,"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtnXVbs26o0

"ALRIGHT FIGHT FANS! I.T.'S TIME TO GET THE BALL ROLLING!"

"WE ASK THE ALL THE ADULT COMPETITORS CLEAR OUT FOR THE JUNIORS TO TAKE THEIR SLOTS IN THE BRACKETS,"

Spike breaks away from the hold and approaches Smolder, not noticing the grim expression Goku was wearing. Smolder looks up at Spike as he spoke. "I hope you won't disappoint. After wrecking that machine, I wouldn't be surprised if the weaker ones back out during your matches,"

"That doesn't mean it will be that easy, Spike," Ember said, looking down at Smolder. "Fighting those two will be a challenge for you," She gestures to Goten and Trunks who we're talking to their father's. "It's best if you finish them quickly before they decide to dye their hair yellow,"

Smolder looks conflicted as she spots her friends. "Shouldn't I be worried about my friends too?"

Spike rolls his eyes at the question. "Hardly. You can feel they're power, can't you?" Smolder gives him a hesitant nod. "Good, then crush them all the same," Smolder nods again with more reluctance than before both dragons walked away.

"What's wrong, dad?" Goten asks.

Goku remained silent as he looks from Spike to his youngest son. A bright smile soon replaced his frown as he spoke. "Remember Goten, you and Trunks can't go Super Saiyan,"

"This is so lame! Why can't we compete in the adult division?" Trunks complained.

"Sorry, kiddos, that's just the way it is for now. Be sure to do your best," Gohan said.

"When it comes to Trunks, everyone else's best won't be enough," Vegeta stated.

"Ha, we'll see," Goku said in a challenging tone.

"Master PIccolo!!!" Everyone turns to see a teenage alicorn run up and hug Piccolo's waist.

Piccolo gave Flurry heart a good-natured chuckle. "Hey there, kid. I see you mastered clothing modification,"

"Yep, but convincing my father to let me fight was harder than poofing up my Gi," Flurry Heart gave a small twirl to show off her uniform. It was a replica of Piccolo's Gi minus the shoes.

"Uh, master?" Krillin asked.

"Hey, you took on another student. Why didn't you tell us?" Gohan asks.

"I wanted it to be a surprise. You ready?" Piccolo asked his student.

"I'll make you proud!" Flurry exclaim.

The adult cleared out of the ring as the juniors lined up. Cozy Glow eyed the boy in front of her with great interest. She looks behind her to see Goten was further to the back of the line. And there were four contestants in front of them. Thus, the little had some time to work her magic. "Psst. Hey, are you friends with Goten?"

"Hmm? Yeah, what's it to you?" Trunks asked. He looks back to see a filly with wide sparkling eyes and sweet smile. He flinches slightly before facing forward again.

"I wanted to say hello. I'm Cozy Glow. Goten and I have been training together, but he didn't mention you,"

"The name's Trunks. And I guess Goten was to busy to bring me up,"

"I don't know about that. Goten is super strong already. He didn't need to do much of anything. He told me he's going to beat every creature here!" Trunks let out a grunt of acknowledgment. Cozy frowns at that. "He was serious,"

"So?"

Cozy's eye began to twitch. "I mean, the way he was talking was like he was going to hurt some creature - real badly - including you!"

"Good for him,"

"Aren't you scared? What if Goten got stronger than you?" Cozy may have sounded more frantic than she meant too.

"Nah. I'm a year older than Goten, and we had sparring matches before, which I always won. So, your little plan to get me beat Goten to a pulp doesn't matter,"

Cozy recoils as if Trunks struck her. "What plan? I only wanted to warn you. But, I guess I didn't think you'd be stronger. I hope you will go easy on us weaker fighters,"

"Trying to butter me up so that I'd hold back won't work either," Looking back at Cozy, Trunks wore a smug smirk. "My mother told me about your types. 'The ones with the prettiest face will tell you the sweetest lies.' Or something like that," Trunks turns back around and waves her off as he drew his ballot. "Maybe you should try convincing Goten. He might be dumb enough to believe you,"

Cozy gritted her teeth as her whole face turns red. She stomps past Trunks and drew her ballot in a huff. As she went back, she turns her muzzle toward the air from Trunks as she waits for Goten. Trunks merely shake his head at the frustrated filly. "Hey, Cozy. Is everything ok? You look like mad," Goten asks in concern.

"I am. That Trunks over there is a jerk! He kept saying how every creature here is weaker than him! How he's going to beat everyone to a pulp and sending them home crying!"

"Uh, that doesn't sound like Trunks--"

"He also said that beating you up will be almost as fun as winning,"

"What? That's crazy! I mean, Trunks beat me before, but I'm way stronger now!"

"Are you sure you're stronger?"

"Yeah, just you wait, I'm going to beat the stuffing out of him,"

Cozy turns away with a malicious smile adorning her features. "Good,"

"ALIGHT FIGHT FANS! IT IS TIME FOR OUR FIRST MATCH OF THE JUNIOR DIVISION!!!!"

"EIGHT-YEAR-OLD TRUNKS VS FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD IDASA OF EARTH! COME ON DOWN!!!"

The two boys stand six feet apart from each other as they standoff. Idasa leers down at Trunks confidently as he spoke. "Oh, man, that's some bad luck there, short stack. You got paired up with me on the first fight. Fate must want you to lose,"

"Uh-huh," Trunks responds with disinterest.

"Whoo! Go get the Trunks!" Bulma cheer from up in the bleachers.

"Oh, dear. That little boy is fighting my Idasa. I knew my son would have an easy time but not this easy," Bulma glares at the portly woman in the red dress. "This fight won't even be a proper warm-up,"

"You're right. Trunks won't even break a sweat," Bulma stated, earning a glare from the woman.

"I wouldn't go shooting your maw before supper time. Trunks down there is plenty strong," Applejack said.

"And that outfit your boy's wearing is garish at best. He looks like a common brute," Rarity stated.

"But, I'm sure he will do fine," Fluttershy said.

"COME ON, TRUNKS, BEAT THE FROSTING OUT OF HIM!!!" Pinkie hollers. She had a big foam finger and a shirt with Trunks' face on it.

"Last chance to start begging for mercy!" Idasa said, cracking his knuckles.

"Sure, go ahead, I'm waiting," Trunks replied with the same bored tone.

"AND BEGIN!!!"

Idasa breaks off into a sprint with his left leg raised high. He closes the distances and kicks out his limb toward Trunks' head. Trunks ducks underneath the kick before it ever connected. Idasa never had a chance to look confused as Trunks sweeps his leg from under him. With a thrust of his left leg, Trunks sends Idasa ten feet into the air before he came crashing down hard on the ground. Trunks grab onto his slash as he walks away from his defeated opponent. He lets out a yawn while the announcers confirm his victory.

"IT LOOKS LIKE THIS YOUNG BOY WILL BE SEEING PRINCESS LUNA A LITTLE EARLY TONIGHT!"

"THE WINNER IS TRUNKS!!!"

"Ouch. That one looked like it stung," Bulma said coyly. The red-headed woman watched on in disbelief as medical officials carried her son away.

Back with the Z warriors, Krillin crosses his arms in disappointment. "I figured as much. Things in the junior will be boring until Goten and Trunks square off,"

"I don't think so, Krillin. Goten and Trunks aren't the only contenders out there," Gohan said.

"TIME FOR THE NEXT FIGHT! SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON GOTEN VS SIXTEEN YEAR OLD EKOSA!

"MY, MY THERE IS SOMETHING EXTREMELY FAMILIAR ABOUT YOUNG GOTEN HERE. BUT, I CANNOT FATHOM AS TO WHY!"

"So, it looks like you're a celebrity here, huh?" Ekosa said, listening to the cheers for Goten.

"Really?" Goten said as he looks around. Feeling bashful at the cheers, Goten bows his head at the crowd. "I guess,"

"You guess? Ha. Ain't that just like the Hollywood types to look down at everybody. Well, I got news for you. You're going down. You're going wish you stayed home, half-pint,"

"TAKE THE MUNCHKIN DOWN EKOSA!"

"Eh, I'd give him minutes," Rainbow Dash said in a bored tone.

Bulma crosses her arms as she spoke. "He should be so lucky,"

"Oh, I'm sure he'll do his best against Goten," Fluttershy said.

"FIGHTER'S READY? BEGIN!!!"

Ekosa began hopping from side to side with his fists primed for striking. He began shadow boxing the air as Goten watches in curiosity. "Oh, yeah, you see these moves? You ain't got no chance of winning against me!" After a few more punches, Ekosa quickly tires out and starts panting.

"Are you ok?" Goten asks.

That lit a fire under Goten's foe. "Am I ok? That's rich. You're a regular comedian!" Ekosa throws a punched aimed at Goten's face, but the young Saiyan stops it with his index finger. Slightly shocked at this, Ekosa launches a roundhouse kick that Goten blocks with his forearm. "Eh?"

"Come on, stop messing around,"

"FISTS ARE FLYING, BUT THEY'RE HITTING NOTHING BUT AIR! YOUNG GOTEN IS CERTAINLY PROVING HIS METTLE!!!"

Ekosa pulls back as he resumes his hopping. "Ok, so you ain't half bad, but let's see you stop this!!!" Ekosa attacks with a marriage of punches and kicks. However, Goten blocks all of them with the greatest of ease.

"Is that it? That's all you can do? I'm getting bored," Goten threw one straight punch to Ekosa chin, causing him to stagger back. He stayed on his feet for a before falling on his back unconscious. Goten gives his opponent a polite bow of respect.

"OH MY, THIS BOY IS OUT COLD!" The ring announcer said, "GOTEN ADVANCES TO THE NEXT ROUND!!!"

"Wow, I blinked and it was over," Rainbow said.

"I imagine all the matches will go like this," Rarity observed.

"Oh my, at least he put in a lot of effort," Fluttershy said.

The red-head woman grinds her teeth in frustration. She lets out a shrill cry as she charges the nearest person. Which, unfortunately, was Fluttershy. However, the woman never reached the timid pegasus. Chi-Chi stood up and thrust her fist into the disgruntled woman's face, knocking her out. Chi-Chi wipes her hands as everyone gave her a baffled look. "What? Who do you think taught him?"

Up in the royal both, the other ruler's sat in bewilderment. "My word. If I didn't know that was the ambassador's son, I would've believed Son Goku shrunk himself," Queen Puff stated.

"A most striking resemblance one can say. The hair is a dead give away," Chief Zomboiyay said. Queen Rain Shine nods in agreement.

"What are your predictions for the upcoming battles?" Luna asks.

"The grey-haired kid got this in the bag," Gilda stated.

"No support for Gallus, Gilda?" King Feather Claw said.

"Gallus got some git, but he hasn't been fighting like these kids,"

"There are so many potential winners, but Goten seems like the favorite amongst the girls," Twilight said.

"I will make no such claims, Luna. Goten is not the only exceptional foal down there. Many of the participates had the best training from the likes of Gohan and Scootaloo," Celestia stated.

"Not to mention young Flurry Heart's entry," Luna pursued her lips. "It is a tough call to be certain,"

"I hope she is ready for this," Cadence said in concern. Shining Armor grumbles softly at that. "Enough of that, Shining Armor, Flurry Heart isn't a child anymore,"

"I'm interested in our students to progress," Twilight said. "I'll be intrigued to see I they reached the same level as Scootaloo did,"

"No matter the result down there, we should try our best to remain impartial!" Shining Armor stated.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaeeKsy3NJo

"FOR OUR NEXT FIGHT, THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD PRINCESS FLURRY HEART OF THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE VS FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD YONA OF YAKYAKISTAN! WHICH OF THESE TITANS OF THE TUNDRA WILL PREVAIL!!!"

The yaks of the audience immediately began pounding their hooves to the ground, causing the whole Colosseum to shake. Up in the royal booth, Prince Rutherford was rivaling the Royal Canterlot Voice in volume. "GO YONA! SMASH TINY PONY FILLY!!!"

"DO YOUR BEST SWEETIE!!!" Cadence said.

"BEGIN!!!"

Yona charges at Flurry Heart as the filly alicorn awaits her. She ducks underneath a hook from the yak with no issue. However, Flurry's eyes bulged out when she felt the shock wave push her back. She was unable to get her footing in time and fell to the ground. Yona lifts her hooves and starts stomping at the prone filly. Flurry Heart rolled at the way, Yona picked up the pace. Yona's footfalls were heavy, echoing throughout the arena, leaving an imprint on the earth at each step. Flurrypushes herself off the ground and into the air. But, her short reprieve ended when Yona chased after her. The yaks' massive hands came down on the alicorn with an overhead strike. Flurry blocks in time, but the force slams her back to the arena floor. Yona brought her fists down, but Flurry sprang up and caught her wrist. The ground beneath the two caves in from the impact. Flurry grits her teeth from the strain. Yona was a full taller and welding more physical strength than her.

"OUR TWO COMBATANTS ARE LOCK IN A CONTEST OF STRENGTH, BUT PRINCESS FLURRY HEART IS LOSING GROUND!!!"

"ONE HAS TO ASK IF THE CUSHY LIFE OF A PRINCESS IS A DETERMENT AT THIS POINT. CAN FLURRY HEART MAKE A REBOUND?"

"Little pony should quit. Yona can move snow banks bigger than princess pony!"

"Oh, yeah?" Flurry challenged. Flurry takes one step between Yona's leg and throws her hands upwards. Thus, breaking their grapple. She quickly grips Yona by the tufts of her thick fur and shoulder tosses the yak away. Yona landed a few feet away from her with a heavy thud. She shakes off the cobwebs as Flurry stands tall. "Part of my training was moving T-rex like that!"

"YEAH, THAT MY GIRL!!! KEEP YOUR PACE AND USE HER SIZE AGAINST HER!!!" Shining Armor cheered.

Twilight shot her brother a sly look. "What happened to be impartial?"

Shining coughs into his hand. "Yes, the match is going well for both of them,"

Prince Rutherford lets a belly laugh while slapping Shining in his back. "Pony prince is free to cheer for his daughter. Yak and pony down there need to know we support them. Yaks supporting yaks make all yaks stronger. So, pony should do the same!" The royals smiled down at the Yak princes' simple, yet insightful words. "GO YONA!! sHOW THE STRENGTH OF THE YAK!!!"

Yona stands back up while snorting at her mane. She closes her eyes as her hair begins to float. Her body soon follows as she rises from the ground. Yona tries to stable herself, but her arms and legs start to flail. Everyone looks on with confusion and concern. "WHAT AN UNPRECEDENTED TURN OF EVENTS FOLKS. YOUNG YONA HAS TAKEN TO THE AIR!"

"NOT SO FAST MY FELLOW COMMENTATOR. IT LOOKS LIKE YONA IS OFFBALANCE AND IS NOW SPINNING IN PLACE!"

"Whoa. Whoa. Whoa!!!" Yona yelled as her speed kept increasing until she became a blur. Dust and grim flew away from the sphere while Flurry Heart shields herself. A moment later, Yona shot out like a cannonball at the teenage alicorn. Flurry gasps in horror as she jumps to safety. Yona sails past her, heading straight for the barrier. However, before she went out of bounds, Yona bounced off the air with a burst of Ki. Flurry had no chance to defend this time as Yona clips her left wing. The Yak bounces off the air again and hits Flurry's right shoulder. Yona rebounds yet again while striking Flurry's back, causing her to spin uncontrollably.

"THINGS ARE LOOK BAD FOR THE CRYSTAL PRINCESS. YONA HAS MORPHED HERSELF INTO A PINGPONG BALL OF DOOM, USING FLURRY HEART AS THE PADDLE AS SHE DARTS BACK AND FORTH!!!"

"IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE SHE WILL LAST MUCH LONGER HERE FIGHT FANS!"

Flurry Heart grunted in pain after another pass from Yona. Her body was sore, but she knew she could keep going. Her wings took the brunt of Yona's attack as she shields herself. They throbbed in pain, but it gives Flurry some breathing room. Yona rebounds off the air again, only this time, Flurry had acclimated. Flurry waits for the perfect moment before she bats away her opponent. Flaring her magic, Flurry teleports in from of Yona's trajectory and hits her again. Soon the teenage alicorn had the teenage yak at her mercy. She hits Yona high into the air before teleporting above her. Flurry floated upside down before striking Yona back to the arena with a scissors kick. The impact rocked the Colosseum as a massive dust cloud billows from the crash site. Flurry Heart gently floats down as the dust settles. The clearing smog of dust reveals Yona sprawled out on her back. Dirt and debris settled into her thick coat, but she was mostly unharmed. However, her pupils spun around in swirls as she mumbles incoherently.

"Y-Yona smash little pony princess-- Oof!" She groaned before passing out.

"AMAZING FIGHT FANS. THE CRYSTAL PRINCESS MANAGED TO TURN THE TABLES AGAINST YONA. NOW YONA'S HAD A BIT OF A DIZZY SPELL. TIME TO START THE COUNT1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!!! THE WINNER IS PRINCESS FLURRY HEART OF THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE!!!"

"Hmm, I guess Yona still needs my practice flying," Gohan stated.

"Yeah, that technique she used was awesome! I didn't think her wings could take all that punishment," Scootaloo said.

"With her wings being so big, I thought it best to strengthen them as much as possible. I think she could split a mountain with them now," Piccolo said with a smirk.

Up in the royal booth, Prince Rutherford sits in a huff as he grumbles in displeasure. In contrast, Shining Armor was hooting and hollering at his daughter's victory. It wasn't until a cough from Cadence got him to settle down. "Yona did well," Shining said sheepishly.

Prince Rutherford grumbled but nodded all the same. "Yes, tiny pony daughter fought like a true yak. It is a good day for pony and yak!" Shining Armor offered his hand, but Yak prince pulled him into a bear hug.

"Ok, we can stop hugging now,"


"It looks like Smolder is next," Ember noted.

"Then this fight will be over quick. We should go to the concession stands for some gem cakes," Spike said.

"We should see her progress,"

"Why bother? We know the result of this fight," Spike gestures to the minotaur bull and Smolder facing each other. "More importantly, she knows not to lose to the chumps. If I have to sit through hatchlings roughhousing with the big drakes, then I'm getting some popcorn,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU4ByuFc5fo&list=PLQYxwbWhLimH-3ZdPwXPWkxamtqZwV59_&index=9

Ember watches as Spike walks off. She shakes her head and looks back at Smolder. The little drakina was staring back at her and Spike with a look of confusion. Ember held her look of indifference, but couldn't ignore the subtle ache each in her heart when she followed after Spike. A feeling of hurt took hold in Smolder before she pressed it down. She turned back to her opponent with a hard glare as the announcers finished their speech about her. It was talking about how she was the student of the former runner-up in the first tournament. That irked her to hear about Spike. All she heard about Spike was that he was a stand-up drake, and hero of the Crystal Empire. The creatures here didn't know the Spike she knows now. The announcers gave the signal and the minotaur charges at her. Smolder glared even harder as the bull's horns came closer. She catches the horns mere inches from her face. The minotaur struggles hard against her grip, but Smolder held firm.

"Hey! Let go!" The bull grunted. Smolder responded by squeezing harder, causing the bone to crack. "H-Hey quit it! I-I give up--

Smolder shafts the minotaur above her head as the crowd becomes awestruck. The minotaur was three times her size, and yet, he appeared weightless above the smaller Drakina's head. Smolder looks dead into the minotaur's eyes as his panic grew. She was sure the announcer's said his name at some point, but she didn't care. All she could hear was her great master's word. "Crush them!" The panic in the minotaurs' eyes briefly morphs into bafflement at Smolder's words. "That's what my master said to do to any creature I fight today. Everyone thinks he's so great, but to me..." Smolder slams her opponent on the ground in front of her without letting go. She rears back her left leg and berries her knee into the minotaurs snout. The force causes the bull's horns to snap in two as blood leaked from his nostrils. The audience became stunned into silence as smolder observe her handiwork. There was no doubt that the bull was out cold. "...He's a great big jerk!"

episode 17: The Junior Division, round 2!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[E.A.T. Colosseum - Third Person POV.]


"OH MY! WHAT AN BRUTAL DISPLAY OF POWER! I HEARD OF TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS, BUT I NEVER SEEN SOMEONE TAKE THE HORNS THEMSELVES!"

"STILL, ONE MUST WONDER HOW WILL THE REST OF THE JUNIOR DIVISION WILL GO WITH THIS RUTHLESS DRAGON ON THE PROWL! WILL ANY CREATURE BE ABLE TO STOP HER?!"

"IN ANY CASE, SMOLDER ADVANCES!!!"

Smolder's expression was indifferent toward her opponent. She glances at the horns in her hands before throwing them at the bull. Before she returned to the waiting area, Smolder spotted Ember and Spike returning. Spike had a bowl of popcorn and gems. Smolder sucks in her teeth in annoyance before going in the waiting area. The only ones who were brave enough to approach Smolder were her friends. Smolder barely gave any acknowledgment as they showered her with awe and praises.

Silverstream was the first one to her. "You were terrific! At first, I thought you were a goner. That bull was huge! But you lifted him like he was a feather!"

"..."

"It was a good fight, I guess," Gallus said dismissively. "I would've done something cooler though,"

Cozy Glow flew to Smolder's right side as she spoke. "Golly, it was a good fight. But, I hope that minotaur isn't hurt too bad. I heard they value their horns more than any treasure in the world. Breaking their horns like that is like snapping off a wing or horn. Do you think he'll suffer some trauma from this fight?"

"..." Smolder kept her silence but crossed her arms tightly against her chest. A frown was present on her features.

Ocellus rubs her arm nervously as they watched the bull carried out of the arena. "It wasn't good. I could feel Bull Horns' emotions from here. He was scared out of mind," A small grunt was Ocellus only answer from her friend. "Smolder, are you okay?"

"...Why wouldn't I be okay? I won, end of the story,"

"Well, I felt your emotions too. You were angry, but not at Bull Horns, are you sure everything--"

"What are you, my shrink?!" Smolder snapped, causing everyone to recoil. "In case you forgot, this is a tournament! We're here to fight each other, not talk about our feelings! Get with the program before you go out there; otherwise, you'll end up like that Bull Horn. Beaten and broken!"

"C-come on, Smolder, you sound like you want to hurt us..." Silverstream said nervously.

"Yeah, what gives?" Gallus stated. "You get one win, and suddenly, you're better than every creature? That was luck, at best!" Gallus grew a cocky smile as he points to himself. "I've learned the ancient techniques of raven and eagle blood griffons,"

"Good!" Smolder snarled. The space around her began to shimmer as heat emanated from the drakina. "That means that crushing you shouldn't be easy. For the rest of the tournament, you better fight like Tartarus, especially when you're fighting against me!" Smolder walks away, leaving her friends confused and concerned for her wellbeing.

"Who lit a fire under her feet?" Trunks asked.

"I don't know," Goten said.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hvmqey-Fb8

"SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GALLUS EAGLEBLOOD OF GRIFFON STONE VS SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD TIGRA OF ABYSSINIA! WHICH FIGHTER WILL REIGN SUPREME?"

"I'm going to need all of my skills.' She doesn't know what she's talking about..." Gallus grumbled.

"Having hen troubles?" Tigra asked.

"No!" Gallus said, more forcefully than intended. "It's none of your business!" Gallus flares his wings as he primed his claws.

Tigress levels her right arm while her left arm over her head. "I think it is my business when I'm pining for your attention~,"

"What--"

"LET THE NEXT MATCH BEGIN!!!"

Tigra dashes forward as she rears her extended arm back. Gallus barely steps back to avoid the claws tearing at his shirt. Gallus clutches his chest as Tigra's flex her paws. She lunges toward him again, but Gallus met her charge. He swipes his claw against her nails, resulting in a sharp clang. Gallus smirk at his counter while Tigra appeared shocked for a moment. That shock turns into an excited grin as she lunges the griffon again. Both fighters reared back and swung their arms. Another clang rang out before the two struck again and again. Soon, spark started to fly from each hit as the crowd cheered this deadly dance.

"LOOK AT THEM GO, FOLKS! THIS FIGHT HAS MORPHED INTO A DUEL BETWEEN SWORDMEN!"

"TALONS AGAINST CLAWS! WHICH OF THESE COMPETITORS WILL GAIN THE EDGE IN THIS BATTLE!!!"

Tigra dips under a swipe from Gallus and cuts his shirt in the midsection. Gallus tries to counter, but Tigra ducks down and slashes his pants leg. Gallus growls as he launches a roundhouse kick, but Tigra's tail wraps around his free paw. A sharp pull made the eagle blood griffon trip, leaving Gallus exposed. Tigra jumps onto his chest and dug her claws into his abdomen. She spun in a circle above him while tearing away more at his clothing. Finally, she kicks off the griffon and lands gracefully on her paws. "You're a troublesome little bird, aren't you?" Tigra taunted. "But, you're not quick enough to escape me. Are you able to keep going? I want to play a little more~,"

Gallus slowly gets back to his feet with a groan. "Pony feathers! You trashed my favorite shirt!"

Tigra looks at the griffon in alarm. "H-hey! You should have a fresh coat of red staining your feathers!"

"Hmm? Oh yeah, I used my Ki to shield my skin. But, I know your game of cat and mouse. I'm part feline too..." Gallus outstretch his left arm over his right with both his paws primed and ready. "It's all about who's faster!" In a blink of an eye, Gallus vanished.

"WHAT'S THIS? GALLUS HAS COMPLETELY FADED FROM SIGHT! DID HE TAKE TO THE SKIES? HAS HE BECOME A GHOST?"

"THIS LITTLE VANISHING TRICK REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER MARTIAL ARTIST THAT AVOIDED ELIMINATION BY JUMPING HIGH INTO THE AIR! WE MIGHT SEE SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE!!!"

Tigra whips her head around frantically, trying to find her opponent. She puts her guard as her ears picked up the distinctive sound of blades scraping against each other. Then, a whirlwind of air slashes was upon her. Tigra barely had time to let out a gasp before the attack stops, and Gallus reappears behind her. There was a brief pause before all of Tigra's clothes burst into shreds. The ferocious feline from Abyssinia covered herself with her tail as she ran out of the Colosseum. Gallus straightens his posture as he blows on his nails. "I guess she couldn't keep up,"

"TALK ABOUT A WARDROBE MALFUNCTION! SINCE TIGRA WILLING RAN OUT THE ARENA, GALLUS OF GRIFFONSTONE ADVANCES!!"

"Oh man, been there, done that," Goku chuckles.

"Hehe, thinking back to that time you fought Jackie Chun naked?" Krillin stated.

"Hey, that did happen! But, I was thinking about my trip to the Gala where my suit exploded,"

Everyone shot Goku a dubious look. "You stood naked at one of the most sophisticated gatherings on Equis..." Gohan asks tentatively.

"Well, it wasn't on purpose, but it was fun. Everyone else seemed to like the idea and stripped too," Goku said as Gohan groaned.

Up in the royal booth, Celestia gave an involuntary shudder. "Is something the matter, sister?" Luna asks.

"I just recall that event at the Gala. You know the one,"

Luna's cheeks turned red as she nodded. "Aw, that one was the more lively gatherings," Luna stated.

"And the easiest bits I ever made," Cadence stated with a wink.

"AND NOW FOR OUR NEXT BOUT! EIGHTTEEN YEAR OLD SILVERSTREAM OF SEAQUESTRIA VS EIGHT YEAR OLD COZY GLOW OF EQUESTRIA!!!"

Silverstream's eyes sparkled with glee as she flew to the middle of the arena. Cozy Glow flutters after her. "I can't believe we're about to fight! Are you excited because I am excited!!!"

"Golly, it does get overwhelming. I know you want a chance to fight, but I won't be fighting anymore," Cozy Glow said.

"WHAT'S THIS? ARE YOU SAYING YOU ARE FORFEITTING THE MATCH?"

"I am very sorry if I'm spoiling anything for you and the audience. I guess the nerve got to me. Besides..." Cozy Glow flies over to Silverstream and brings her into a hug. "I wouldn't dream of fighting my friend,"

"WHAT A TOUCHING SENTIMENT! REMEMBER, PARTICIPATE, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE WHENEVER YOU WISH. I.T.'S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN!!! HOWEVER, THE TOURNAMENT MUST CONTINUE. SILVERSTREAM ADVANCES,"

"Ooh!" Silverstream awed as she returns the hug.

"Good luck for the rest of the tournament. I know having the eyes of your family and friends watching your progress will be tough. You'll want to live up to their hopes and prays. I think disappointing them is worse than losing itself,"

Silverstream breaks the hug with less enthusiasm than earlier. "...Oh, I'm sure my family won't mind if I lose..."

"Well, you expect that from family members. But, I doubt the audience would feel the same way. They are inconsistent about who they cheer for and why. All it takes is one bad performance, and they'll turn on you,"

"R-right, but it's easy to drown out the naysayer-"

"Then there's the fact that you're also representing your country. Can you imagine disappointing an entire nation of creatures that trusted you? I'm glad Equestria is more forgiving. I probably wouldn't be to show my face anywhere else!"

"I-I..."

"Oh well, best of luck you," Cozy Glow leaves the arena with a pleased smile on her face. Silverstream, in contrast, was a nervous wreck as she returned to the waiting area.

"NOW FOR THE FINAL MATCH OF THE QUARTER ROUND. TWELVE-YEAR-OLD OCELLUS OF THE NEW CHANGELING HIVE VS FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD SILENT FURY OF PEAKS OF PERIL. WHO WILL MOVE ON TO THE QUARTER FINALS?"

"Good luck to you," Ocellus said timidly. Silent Fury responds with a nod.

"BEGIN!!!"

In a flash, Silent Fury's form shifted. His brown fur turned black with grey scales. His mane and tail became a blazing inferno of red and white flames. Letting out a roar, Silent jumps into the air and descends upon Ocellus. The little changeling quickly morphs into a mocking bird and fly away. Silent's flames erupted upon impact as he survey's the arena for his opponent. Ocellus changes in a giant bull fog with three pairs of eyes. Silent Fury turns around only to receive a wad of spit to the face.



"SILENT START OUT THE CONTEST BY CHANGING INTO HIS NIRIK FORM. AND TRUST ME, THIS STATE IS MORE THAN A COSTUME CHANGE! BUT OCELLUS COUNTERS BY CHANGING INTO A BUFOGREN FROG! HAS THIS LITTLE NYMPH DOSE SILENT'S FLAMES?"

A tower of flames burned off the mucus as Silent snarls at his opponent. Silent broke into a sprint as his flame shroud his entire body. Ocellusheld her ground while changing shape again. Silent Fury skidded to a halt as he stares at Ocellus in awe.



"HOLY MASSIVE MAMMALS! OCELLUS HAS TRANSFORMED INTO A FEARSOME CREATURE! WHAT IS SILENT FURY RESPONSE TO THIS DEVELOPMENT?!"

Silent shakes himself from his stupor and lunges forward. He punches at the monster leg with a flurry of fiery strikes. His blows barely left singe marks as he changed tactics. Moving a few steps back, Silent thrust his fist forward. A stream of fire bathes Ocellus' face. However, this attack did not affect Ocellus in the slightest. Silent Fury lived up to his namesake and unleashed a barrage of strikes while screaming wordlessly. Ocellus arches a brow in confusion at the display. Slowly, she raises her left leg above Silent Fury and promptly brought it down. Plums of smoke seep out the edge of her foot as she reverts to normal. "Oh, I hope that wasn't too much,"

"..." Silent weakly lifts his head to Ocellus and gives her another nod before fainting.

"AND JUST LIKE THAT, THE MIGHTY SLINGTAIL SNUFFS OUT SILENT FURY'S FLAMES! OCELLUS ADVANCES TO THE QUARTERFINALS!!!" The crow erupts with cheering. "WE'LL BE TAKING A BRIEF INTERMISSION. BE SURE TO VISIT THE CONCESSION STANDS TO RECHARGE!!!"


Ocellus found herself spun around as Thorax shower her with praises. "You did it. You made it into the quarterfinals!!"

A visible blush adorns OCellus face as Thorax sat her down. "T-thank you, your majesty..."

"She made it to the quarterfinals. Don't go making a baby step into a marathon sprint, brother," Pharynx scolded. He turns to Ocellus next. "You must keep your focus! You have yet to face the real threat of this tournament!" Pharynx couldn't help but glance over at Trunks as he said this, remembering his bout with his older brother. He has no idea why both children shared the same name. Turning back, he saw Thorax giving him a pointed look. With a sigh, he spoke again. "You showed great talent. Slingtail often engages dragons. Thus, they are resistant to heat. That quick thinking is worthy of praise and will help in your coming fights," Ocellus beamed as she hugs Pharynx leg while Thorax joined. Pharynx let out another sigh but allowed the embrace.

Other competitors were not receiving the same tender affection. "What was that out there!? You were flailing around like a newborn chick!"

Gallus groaned at the elderly griffon. "Grandpa Gruff! I-- O.W.!" Gallus rubs his head from the stinging sensation of Grandpa Gruff's cane.

"Don't give me that tone! You let that cat ruin your clothes. I had to ruffle a lot of feathers for you to look your best, not like you lost a fight with a cheese grater! Take this!"

Grandpa Gruf tosses Gallus a bag as the young teenaged fledgling opens it. "You got me spare clothes?"

"You want to be known for wearing rags? No, then shape up and look halfway decent. We might be stuck with fledging represent us. But, by the grace of Raa, you won't look a fool!"

Gallus knows his way around the ornery old griffon. He'll never say it out loud, but Gallus could see what he meant by this gesture. He brings the grumpy old eagle blood into a hug. "Thanks, Grandpa Gruff,"

"Stupid pony customs. I should rip you from that school..."

At the far end of the waiting area, Silverstream was flying around in a circle. "Oh! Oh, I can't lose! I can't lose! I can't--"

"You can't what?"

"Ah!!!"

At the sound of the new voice, Silverstream went stiff as aboard. She fell to the ground with a thud before shooting back. "Princess Skystar. W-what are you doing here? Is Queen Novo unhappy? Don't pull me out! I can win!!!"

Skystar gave Silverstream a dubious look before smiling. "Oh, Shelby wanted to wish you good luck!" She holds up a shell with googly eyes. "You did good making it to the next round. It's a shame we didn't see you fight, though--"

Silverstream grips the princess by her shoulder as their beaks touch. "Oh, don't you worry. I'll show you a fight for the ages! I'll be like a raging tsunami. No! An unstoppable hurricane! I won't disappoint the hippogriffs!"

Princess Skystar looks from Silverstream to Shelby as she spoke. "Is she okay?"

"And creatures say I'm crazy," Shelby said.

Ember frowns a bit as Smolder, who was shadow boxing in the corner. Taking a glance around the room, she saw that they had a little area to themselves. "It doesn't look like the others want to be near you,"

"Wasn't that the point of crushing them?" Smolder grunted out.

"I suppose that was Spike's point. Intimidation has always come naturally to dragons, being the bigger and strongest creatures on Equis!"

"Hah! Stronger than them?" Ember looks over to Goten and Trunks, eating rice balls with their mothers.

"Spike's advice is sound - attacking first might throw them off guard - but there is a chance you won't fight them right away,"

"..."

Ember places her hand on Smolder's shoulder. "Just because you're fighting them, doesn't mean they stop being your friends. Spike's words can mean anything. Just strike hard and fast before they have a chance. I'm sure he doesn't want you to torture them. Trust me, hatchling, our bond makes it impossible to misread each other," Ember was sure Smolder doubted her words from her unconvincing her tone sounded.

Smolder stares at her Dragonlord. Somehow, she got the feeling Spike's intentions were clear cut. "...Right..."


"WELCOME BACK FIGHT FANS! I HOPE YOU DIDN'T FILL UP AT CONCESSION BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE MORE KNUCKLE SANDWICHES TO DEAL OUT!!!

"SMOLDER OF THE DRAGON LANDS VS SILVERSTREAM OF MOUNT ARIS! PREPARE FOR BATTLE!!!"

"Silver? Are you okay?" Her friend was fidgeting in place while looking around. She could hear her muttering to herself.

"I got to win! I have to show them I can win! I won't disappoint them!" Silverstream said like a mantra.

Smolder instantly knew what was happening and sighed. "The pressure on you too, huh? I'm starting to wish I was back him!" She took a stance with her right arm cocked back while using her left to aim. "Fast and hard, don't give them a chance..."

"BEGIN!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtm8zKTnC6k

Smolder explodes from her position and drives her fist into Silverstream gut. The force of her dash pushes the two back several feet and left two trails behind. Smolder's eyes widen at Silverstream's pained expression. The drakina surprise went further as Silverstream managed to block her attack. Smolder gritted her teeth as she cocks back her free arm. However, Silverstream dodges by flying away. Smolder spread her wings and gave chase. The two began their aerial dance for dominance as Silverstream throws out a kick. Smolder block with a forearm before retaliating with a Ki blast. Silverstream closes her wings and dives back down. Smolder flickers in front of her friend and throws a left hook. Again, Silverstream barely brings up her guard. She balances out as Smolder hovers in place-- a heavy scowl adorning her features.

"Stop making this harder for yourselves!" Smolder snarled. "Give up! All you can do is run away and block me!"

"Your punching is nothing! I won't quit!" Silverstream said. She grips the pendant around her neck and changes to her sea pony form.

"WHAT THIS, FIGHT FANS? SILVERSTREAM HAS CHANGED INTO A SEA PONY, YET SHE IS STILL AIR BORN?!"

"ONE MUSE QUESTION THE STRATEGY BEHIND THIS CHOICE. HOW CAN AN AQUATIC CREATURE HOPE TO WIN A BATTLE WITHIN THE SKIES? HAS SILVERSTREAM INADVERTENTLY TURNED HERSELF INTO A FISH OUT OF WATER?"

"Tsk!" Smolder breathes in and spews fire at the sea pony. However, Silverstream swiftly circles the flames and strikes Smolder in the back. Smolder whips around, only for Silverstream to strike the back of her head. Smolder lurched forward as Silverstream flips above her and whack Smoler with her fin. Smolder fell back to the ground as she lands on the floor. She looks back up to find Silverstream following through the air such grace and elegance that a ballerina would be jealous. Raising both arms, Smolder sent a volley of Ki blast at the seapony. However, none of her attacks hit their target. "I might as well be hitting open space!!!"

"HIPPOGRIFFS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COMPARED TO PEGASI WHEN IT COMES TO MANEUVERABILITY. WITHIN THE OCEAN, THEY ARE THE FASTEST CREATURES AROUND. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING NOW THOUGH WOULD BE THE SAME AS IF WE WERE UNDER THE SEA!!!"

"THAT MAY BE TRUE, BUT DODGING IS NOT THE SAME AS WINNING UNLESS SILVERSTREAM IS HOPING SMODER WILL TIRE OUT. BUT THAT SEEMS UNLIKELY!"

Silverstream gasps out at that and toward Smolder. Smolder saw this and spew fire from her maw again. To the Drakina's shock, Silverstream spews out a stream of water. The two elements collided as the hissing of steam echoes out. The steam began to form a mist that shrouds the colosseum floor. Smolder was about to charge again when something whips out of the smoke and wrapped around her. The smoke clears, and Smolder's eyes also widen for the third time today. Silverstream was using water to restrain her. More accurately, Smolder could sense trace amounts of Ki energy manipulating the liquid. The water whip went taut as Silverstream yanks Smolder up and slam her back down. The strap broke apart, but the water was still present. Smolder gets back up, Silverstream waves her hand and creates a bubble of water over Smolder's head. Water got into the Drakina's mouth, preventing any more fire breath, and clawing away at the drop proved fruitless as well. Smolder felt her vision fading as she fell to her knees. She would pass out soon enough.

'Huh, I guess you were a waste of time,'

'Master?!'

'Here you are, getting beat by a sea horse, pretending that you're about to lose! I thought I was clear about what you needed to do! Oh, well, back to the drawing board, I guess. I'll have to come up with a more challenging test to make up for this embarrassment!'

Smolder could feel her anger rising at the cold words. 'I'm not an embarrassment!'

'You could've fooled me because from here, you're about to blackout from a lousy bubble! Whoever heard of a creature drowning on dry land? Are you sure you're a dragon?'

'I am a dragon! This attack is nothing! I just--'

'Holding back? Afraid to hurt your friend? You're the one dragging this out! And I was clear about what to do! Or, is that simple instruction too hard?' Smolder gritted her teeth at that. The water around her head started to boil.

'Shut up.! I can do this!'

'Then show me!!!'

At that instant, Smolder's power lashed out. "RAAAH!!!" The bubble encasing her head evaporated instantly from her Ki exploding outward. A sphere of flame shot out soon afterward. Silverstream gasp out and tried to flee. However, Smolder's attack outpaced her. Everyone shield themselves for the dome of fire as the sky took on an orange hue. The light died down while Smolder still seethed with anger. Tiny fickles of her flame danced upon her shoulders. She tilts her head up with a fierce scowl on her muzzle. "THERE! WAS THAT DRAGON ENOUGH FOR YOU!?!?" She tilts her head back down to Silverstream. However, her anger and scowl died at the sight of her friend. Silverstream was unconscious, evident by the white in her eyes, as she twitched every so often. Silverstream's pendant was broken, thus changing her back into a hippogriff. The fur on her arms was black with soot, suggesting some second or possibly third-degree burning. The feathers on her left-wing were either missing or singed. Smolder's mouth fell agape at the state of her friend-- at what her actions wrought. "...Silverstream...?"

"OH MY! ANOTHER DOMINATE DISPLAY BY THE LITTLE DRAKINA! TIME FOR THE COUNT. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!" Each word made Smolder's heart sink further. "SMOLDER ADVANCES!!!"

"SMOLDER MIGHT BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH, BUT I DOUBT HER METHODS WILL MAKE HER A FAN FAVORITE!"

Smolder could hear the murmurs in the crowd and the increasing dissent for her actions. She glances up at Spike and Ember. Ember's eyes widen slightly at the result. Smolder knew that her last attack wasn't at all what she meant. The dragonlord expressed quick mercy, not fast and painful. Spike, on the other hand, was happy. He gave her a nod and thumbs up, clearly proud of the result. Smolder felt like he was mocking her. She looked to the other competitors, who looked back in disgust, especially her remaining friends. Gallus wore a scowl while bearing his teeth. She could see his tail fluff out in agitation. Goten was disapproving, while Trunks was more indifferent, but earned his attention. Flurry Heart shook her head in firm disagreement while Ocellus hurt the most. She looked at her with fear, confusion, and hurt. The changeling eyes asking why. Yet, she turned away from her. The little drakina gave her friend no answer and returned to the waiting. Her walk back was more akin to a walk of shame, rather than a victory lap.

Upon returning, Gallus confronted her. "What the buck was that?!"

"That was winning, duh!" Smolder's tone was low and cold.

"Smolder. Silverstream was hurt bad!" Ocellussaid in distress.

"Yeah, well, she was trying to drown me. I didn't have much choice,"

"She was desperate about something. I could see that much!" Flurry Heart said. "I think you saw it too!"

Smolder threw the crystal princess a glare. "And what do you know!? You're not our friend!"

Trunks fold his hands behind his head. "You got a funny way of treating your friends,"

"Yeah! You fought here like she was a bad guy or something! That's not what friends do!!!" Goten stated fervently.

"...Whatever..." Smolder said, mimicking her master, then walking away.

Gallus didn't take kindly to that. He stops her with a strong claw on her shoulder. "Hold up! We're not-- Ow!!" Gallus recoils as he felt Smolder heat up.

Smolder turns back so that her piercing glare was noticeable to everyone present. The smoke trails coming off of her was enough to make even Trunks and Goten flinch. "If you got a problem with the way I fight, then beat me out there. It's that simple!" Smolder continue her walk uninterrupted after that.


"Whoa, is this allowed?"

"That was a touch much!!"

"They should disqualify that ruffian for excessive force!"

"Yeah, this is the junior division, not a gladiator pit!"

Spike chuckles to himself as he flicks a gem into his mouth. He didn't mind the jeers of the audience. Their opinions didn't matter. However, he could feel several eyes on him. He could already guess a few without having to look for himself. Scootaloo was likely glaring at him, as did the others, save for probably Vegeta and 18. But, he felt two more that peered into him harder than the others. Acting on that feeling, it was no surprise that Goku was staring directly at him. His expression was that of a statue. His former mentor left no trace of malice or even concern. Goku simply stared at him as if he was trying to discover something that Spike didn't know about at all. Scoff eventually scoffs and turns to the second person staring into his soul. Ember was more reliable than the others: written on her face was nothing short of concern.

"What's up?" Spike asks.

"...Did you contact her?" Ember asked firmly.

"Yeah, so? It's not cheating as long as I don't help in the fight,"

"That's not what I mean. Did you tell Smolder to do that?"

Spike at another gem as he responds. "I told her to quit embarrassing herself and act like a dragon. It's not my fault how she chooses to do that," Down below, the next match started. It was Gallus against a member of the buffo tribe. "Besides, she was hesitating for no reason,"

"She didn't want to hurt her friend!"

"So, she should let them walk all over her? Some friends right there," The match was over with relative quickness as Gallus struck the steer with a solid hook to his jaw. Gallus made a point of raising his fist high into the air while looking back into the waiting area. "See? He gets it! Take a guess who he's challenging right now? Maybe now things won't be so boring!"

"That steer wasn't his friend, Spike! It's like you're trying to make Smolder lose her friends. Wasn't that what you wanted every drake and drakina to learn? The lesson in the Friendship that you made the dragon you are today. What happened to that?"

Spike stops chewing on his gem as he stares at his mate. There was a long pause as they lock eyes. For a brief moment, Ember thought she saw a spark of realization before, sadly, Spike shrugs dismissively. "Friendship has no room for these kinds of events. They're more of a distraction right now,"

"FOR OUR NEXT MATCH, GOTEN OF EARTH VS FLURRY HEART OF THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE!!!"

"Finally, a good one!"

Ember looks down in the area as the two fighters came into view. A part Ember wondered when it became harder to feel what Spike was feeling, even with their bond. "....Right..."

episode 18: The Junior Division, round 3!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the E.A.T. belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of Friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[E.A.T. Colosseum - Royal Booth - Third Person POV.]


"Ooh! Of all the people Flurry had to fight, why him!?" Cadence whine.

"Do you doubt your foals capabilities?' Luna asked.

"No, but look who she's fighting!"

"Fifty bits on the mini clone," Gilda wagers, earning a dirty look from Shining, Twilight, and Cadence.

"Prince Rutherford wants in on this action," The Yak prince stated.

"Hmm, he doesn't look like much to me," Queen Novo said. "Surely, the crystal princess victory is assured,"

"That would be the case if not for his father," Queen Cream puff said.

"A warrior's blood flows within him. To discredit that boy will make you quite dim," Chief Zomboiyay said.

"Flurry Heart comes from a warrior lineage as well. Don't forget who she's related too," Shining Armor stated.

"At least we won't have to worry about Flurry's well being too bad," Twilight said in a remorse tone. "I can't imagine what she was thinking!"

"You mean Spike's student?" Luna inquired.

"All of Smolder's actions, her mannerism and the way she fights, they reek of Spike's new attitude," There was a measure of contempt in Twilight's tone.

"I must admit that the dragon prince-consort change of attitude is surprising-- considering his mentor," King Razorclaw said.

With a sigh, Twilight continued. "You would think that, but these past few years brought an unprecedented change in him. What do you think, Princess Celestia?" Twilight turns to the older princess to see her rubbing the sides of her temples. "Princess Celestia?"

Celestia hiss in pain as she lit her horn. A few moments later, the solar princess sighs in relief. "Forgive me, everyone. I've had these headaches recently. They've become somewhat of an annoyance,"

"Headaches? I only get those from overtaxing my magic," Twilight said.

"It is nothing of concern, Twilight, I am fine," Celestia looks down to the arena as Goten and Flurry Heart walk out the waiting area. "As for the matchup, it was bound to happen sooner or later. While Goten is the spitting image of his father, they are not the same in strength. Flurry has undergone training from another being of prowess. Now it is time to see the result of that schooling,"

'Are you sure, sister?' Luna asks telepathically. 'The number of headaches your receiving has grown in volume. This one marks the fourth one for this month alone,'

'As I said, it is nothing to worry about, Luna. Ruling a country and raising the sun have brought about these afflictions beforehand,'

'So, is it a sign of fatigue? I raise the moon, as you the sun. My duties are the same as yours when it comes to ruling. I would wager my dream of walking to bear more stress onto me as you have learned for yourself. Yet, my headaches aren't nearly as numerous. Perhaps you should seek medical counsel?'

Celestia mentally scoffs at the notion. 'A few headaches scarcely warrants a medical visit, Luna. I am fine, ok?'

'Very well, as long as you are sure,'


Goku leans over the railing with unbridled glee this match. "Alright. I've got a good feeling about this one!"

"No, kidding. Seeing these two kids is bringing me back to the good old days," Krillin added with equal excitement.

"This scene does bring back some unsavory memories," Piccolo said before smirking. "I doubt they'll play out the same,"

Goku also smirks as he responds. "Maybe. I wonder how Flurry Heart will do though,"

Piccolo chuckles at Goku's remarks. "I'd say she'll do just fine. That filly has a natural talent that I've seen in only one other person,"

"I still can't believe you took another student without telling us. Although, it feels like I'm watching a reenactment of the stories you and dad told me," Gohan stated.

Goku and Piccolo shared a knowing look before Crystal spoils the mood. "Ergh! Stow the sentiments. The only thing I'm looking forward too is seeing these two brats rip each other apart!"

Back at the arena, Goten bows to Flurry as the filly does the same. They both took their stances as Goten spoke. "Hey, you're dressed like that green guy Gohan talks too,"

"Master Piccolo! And yes, I'm his student," Flurry responded, sounding a little miffed.

"FIGHTER'S READY? BEGIN!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPovkImQNK0

Both Goten and Flurry Heart charge at each other and lock hands. Flurry Heart, being slightly taller, leans forward to push Goten back. Goten responds by shifting their position to the left, thus resetting the grapple hold. Flurry threw out a knee, but Goten blocks it with one of his own. Flurry break their hold and throws a jab aim for Goten's face. Goten dodged to the left and spun on his heels, launching a back fist. Flurry blocks it with her forearm while quickly grabbing at Goten's waist. She falls back while keeping her hold to launch Goten over her head. Goten balances out before dashing toward Flurry Heart again. Goten throws several rapid-fire punches that put Flurry Heart on the defensive. The youngest Saiyan was steadily gaining ground as Flurry Heart began to retreat. However, Flurry reengaged their grapple again by catching both of Goten's fists. She flares her massive wings and shot into the air. The sudden take-off gave Flurry an opening, allowing her to connect with a knee strike to Goten's chest, and forcing him to let go. Those unaware of Goten's abilities gasp out in horror as he fell. However, Goten rights himself a mere ten feet from the arena floor. He grimaces as he covers his stomach. The audience watched on in bafflement as Goten hover's above the ground.

"I-Is that boy floating?"

"How is he doing that?"

"It has to be magic or some visual effects. They wouldn't let a boy become roadkill,"

The human announcer adjusts his glasses as a big smile begins to form. "WHAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU IS NO MERE PALOR TRICK, FOLKS. YOUNG GOTEN HAS SAVED HIMSELF FROM CERTAIN DISASTER AND IS NOW HOVERING IN MIDAIR!!!"

"IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE CRYSTAL PRINCESS WILL HAVE TO UP HER GAME IF SHE WANTS TO COME OUT THE VICTOR!"

Flurry Heart smirks at that. She spreads her arms out wide as two orbs forms in her palms. "Ok, game on!!!" Flurry thrust her hands forward and rained down a volley of Ki blasts. Goten darts around the ground while dodging an explosion from each burst. Goten responds by flipping over and firing his Ki blasts of his own. So, smoke and explosion shrouded the airspace. Both fighters flew into the smoke and collided with tremendous force. The shockwave blew the smoke away in an instant as Flurry and Goten exchange of blows. The crowd became transfixed, unable to look away from the duel before them. The only sound anyone could hear was the clashing of fists and the cheering from each side supporting members.

"THAT'S RIGHT, GOTEN! KEEP THE UP PRESSURE!!!" Chi-Chi hollered!

"TAKE HIM DOWN, FLURRY!!!" Cadence shouted.

"SHOW THAT BOY WHY YOU'RE THE CRYSTAL PRINCESS!!!" Shining Armor said, joining his wife.

"CRUSH THAT LITTLE UPSTART PRINCESS! AND YOU, DESTROY THAT SAIYAN PEST!!!" Crystal screamed. The z warriors gave her a confused look as she turned to them. "What?"

Goten manages to gain the upper hand as he vanishes to avoid Flurry's punch before reappearing behind her. He slams Flurry back to the ground with a double-hand overhead strike. Flurry was slow to get up as Goten smirks down at her. "Haha, I got you now!" Goten dives down at Flurry Heart like a heat-seeking missile.

However, Flurry smirks as she raises her hand slowly. "No, I got you!" She thrust up two fingers, and a Ki orb shot from the ground.

"Wha--" Goten had no time to prepare as the energy collides with his face. The youngest Saiyan hit the ground hard as he began to cough. Flurry's smile grew as she repeated the motion with her other hand, and two more Ki blast struck Goten. "Aah!" The explosion flung Goten back and forth, hitting his front and back, as Goten started to jump away. Unfortunately, the moment he landed, an explosion went off below his feet. Goten gritted his teeth as every time he landed on the ground, an explosion was there to meet him. The ground around Goten began to glow a bright yellow as several Ki blast ascended.

"Amazing! She must've planted those blasts from her last attack!" Goku said.

"It's like a regular mind field!" Gohan added.

Piccolo was having a hard time hiding his amusement. "So, how will Goten deal with this?"

Goten looks around frantically as Flurry's attack cut off every exit. He looks back at Flurry, who was smiling back at him broadly. "Hell Zone Grenade!!!" All the Ki orbs rushed toward Goten as Flurry crosses her arms. The result was a chain reaction of explosion upon Goten's position. A thick cloud of smoke shrouded the youngest Saiyan's fate in uncertainty.

Shining, Cadence, and Twilight instantly stood up indignation. "FLURRY HEART! LANGUAGE!!!"

"OH MY, FIGHT FANS! PRINCESS FLURRY HEART MAY HAVE JUST SEALED THE DEAL WITH THIS BATTLE! CAN GOTEN RECOVER FROM SUCH AN ATTACK!?"

The arena stared at the cloud of smoke, fully anticipating to see Goten out of the fight. However, Flurry's eyes widen as a blue light shone in the darkness. A moment later, a blazing yellow aura blew away the smoke while revealing Goten in his Super Saiyan form. And a Kamehameha at the ready. Flurry Heart gasps while she lit up her horn just as Goten thrust his hands forward. The beam lit up the area as it struck the alicorn filly. However, Flurry Heart was able to summon a shield in time. The beam collides with the guard and slowly pushed Flurry Heart. Sensing that she was getting closer to a ring out, Flurry places two fingers against her forehead. Goten thrust his hand forward again, increasing his sustained attack output, while Flurry gathers her Ki. Cracks began to form on her shields while Flurry's magic shone brighter under strain. Flurry Heart's hand trembled from the technique as she points it straight ahead. A flash erupts from her shield, and Goten's attack suddenly shoots upwards. Flurry Heart quickly extends her free hand and creates a hexagon shield above Goten's wave. The attack redirected again with Goten as its new target. Goten jumps out of the way to evade, leaving his back exposed. With a smile, Flurry Heart teleports behind her unawares opponent and fires her attack.

"Special Beam Cannon!!!"

The crystal's princess aim was right as it hit its mark against Goten's back. "Waah!?!?" Goten propels forward into the spectators stand. The audience saw his approach and got out of harm's way. Goten squatted in the air as if trying to skip to a halt, but his momentum was too high, and he stops with his feet touching the seat. Goten gains his bearings and soon realizes where he was standing. "Aaa-Aaah!?"

"NOW THERE'S A MATCH FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS! GOTEN MAY HAVE BEEN THE POWERHOUSE IN THIS FIGHT, BUT FLURRY HEART'S QUICK THINKING KEPT HER ONE STEP AHEAD! PRINCESS FLURRY HEART IS THE WINNER!!!

The crowd went nuts over Flurry's victory. Up in the royal booth, Twilight, Shing Armor, and Cadence embrace each other in a hug while cheering for their foal. Flurry floats back to the ground as she falls to her knee. Exhaustion thoroughly consuming the little alicorn as Goten lands and powers down. He offers her a hand that she gladly accepts. He pulls back and bows in respect while Flurry did the same before wrapping the young Saiyan in a hug. She breaks the hug and holds up Goten's hand as the crowd gives them both a stand ovation. Flurry glances up toward Piccolo, who gave her a simple nod and smile. Despite feeling drained, Flurry Heart beams rightly at her master's approval.

"AW, FROM FIERCE RIVALS TO THE BEST OF FRIENDS. THERE IS NOT GREATER FEELING IN THE WORLD EVERY CREATURE!!!"

Goten and Flurry Heart return to the junior waiting area, only for Trunks to wait for them with a smile on his face. "Nice match. You two were great,"

"Haha, thanks, Trunks. I guess I wasn't fast enough at the end," Goten said.

"Yeah, you were tough. It was a starting to look bad out there," Flurry said in a tired tone.

"Yeah, that was a real shocker. I thought you would at least make it to the finals with me, Goten. Oh well, makes my job easier," Trunks said as Goten pouts angrily at him. "Don't give me that look. Did you forget what that we weren't supposed to go super!"

"Oh, oops!"

"Tsk, 'oops,' he says," Trunks look over to Flurry, who was still out of breath. "You ok?"

"Yeah, I'm fine. That fight was nothing I hadn't trained for, thanks," Flurry said.


"Wow, she pulled off an upset," Krillin cheered.

Piccolo hadn't stopped smiling for a moment. "It was touch and go for a while there. Flurry Heart couldn't hope to match Goten in terms of Ki energy. So, we focused on refining her magical skills. We discovered that Flurry Heart could utilize both power sets independently. A much safer option than trying to combine the two energies,"

"That seems tough. I know Twilight still struggles to use both Ki and magic at the same time," Gohan stated.

"It's only an issue if she tries to perform techniques that require more power from each type. In this fight, she used what she could handle in terms of magic, and only two Ki attacks. Even that Special Beam Cannon was lacking in stopping power, but strong enough to push Goten out of bounds," Despite saying this, Piccolo frowns a bit as he catches Flurry Heart panting. "She might've pushed herself harder than she wanted too. But, given her opponent, I'm not surprised,"

"It's nice to see a worthless Saiyan fail for once," Crystal said with a disturbing amount of satisfaction. Gohan frowns at that comment.

"Didn't you fail several times as a queen?" Goku asked, much to the hidden changeling dismay.

"Oh, yeah, three times," Gohan said while counting off. "There was the wedding, then the umbra invasion, and the fight with Tirek,"

"You both will remain silent and let my savor this moment! It's bad enough I had to root for either a pathetic pony or idiotic monkey. I will not suffer having my mishaps thrown back at me!" Crystal snarls.

"But they're so numerous and well known that you can't expect us not to laugh about it," Vegeta said, earning Crystal ire next. "My favorite one has to be your entire colony abandoning you for their sporting new look,"

Crystal began to hiss at the Saiyan prince. "At least my race is still thriving! Tell me - prince of nothing - does it take more than one hand to count how many Saiyan exist?"

Vegeta's smug expression drops as he bares his teeth. "Worthless little insect! How about I even out the numbers between our races starting with you!"

"I'm already dead, you simian simpleton. But, I'll gladly share the experience with you!"

"Ok, cool off, you two. The next fight is starting," Goku said, getting in between the two hotheads.


"TRUNKS OF EARTH VS OCELLUS OF THE CHANGELING HIVES PLEASE REPORT TO THE ARENA!"

Trunks took his stance as Ocellus took her own. "I hope you got some crazy monster up your sleeves because that's the only way you can win,"

"Are you sure? I don't want to discourage you,"

"Nah, go for it,"

"AND BEGIN!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x67AHYsVrsY

(I couldn't find one that extended past two minutes.)


Ocellus rushes forward while morphing into a manticore. Ocellus pounces at Trunks with her claws, ready to tear into him. The crowd gasps out in horror as the strike came down. But Trunks leaped away at the last second. Ocellus quickly gave chase, swiping and gnawing at the Saiyan, who narrowly avoided her attacks each time. One particular swipe manages to cut a few strands of hair from the boy. In response, Trunks jumps over Ocellus as she goes in for a bite and springboards over the manticore head. The scorpion stinger lashed out, but Trunks flips in midair to evade. He grabs onto the tail as he came down and pulled. Ocellus roars in surprise as his claws scraped against the ground. It was all for naught as Trunks lift the dreaded predator over his head and slams it to the ground. He repeated this process two more times before he started spinning in place. After the fifth rotation, Trunks lets go and hurls Ocellus toward the bleachers for a ring out. However, Ocellus flares her wings out and stops herself. Trunks cross his arms with a confident smirk adorning his features, chuckling at his foe.

"Is that it? A big mangy mismatched cat?"

"IT LOOKS LIKE TRUNKS KNOWS NO FEAR TOWARD ONE OF THE DEADLIEST PREDATORS OF THE EVER FREE FOREST! HOW WILL OCELLUS RESPOND?"

Ocellus snorts as she morphs again. The form she chose was much smaller than it barely came up to Trunks' chest. Trunks blink at the creature. "Is that a hedgehog?"



"ACTUALLY. THAT LITTLE MENACE IS THE PUKWUDGIET! THEY LIVE IN HERDS WITHIN THE EVER FREE FOREST. THEY DON'T TAKE KINDLY TO INTRUDERS ON THEIR TRUFF!"

Trunks threw his head back in a chuckle. "So what's that little fluffball suppose to do?"

The orange quills started to glow intensely with Ki energy. It turned around and fired its quills at alarming speeds. Trunks stop his laugh and dodge to the left. The needle-like projectiles pierce the wall behind him. A beat of sweet ran down Trunks neck at sight. He looks back at CC, as he explains. "THE PUKWUDGIET MAIN METHOD OF ATTACK IS SHOOTING QUILS TO DISABLE ITS PREY. SOME CASEs HAVE SHOWN THAT THE QUIL TIP CARRY A POTENT PARALIZING AGENT THAT LEAVE YOU UNABLE TO MOVE FOR A WEEK. AND OCELLUS SEEMS TO HAVE MADE THEM MORE DEADLY!!!"

Ocellus fires again, but Trunks glares at her, ready to counter. As the needles came closer, Trunks thrust his arm forward. A shockwave erupted from his fist and blew away the attack. In response, Ocellus morphs into a diamond dog and borrowing into the ground. Trunks patiently waited while staring at the earth. The ground beneath him rumbled, and two blue hands burst from the ground. The young Saiyan vanishes to the air as a new creature emerges from the earth. Trunks took the time to study it as he hovers in the air. This creature was much more extensive and resembled a blue mole.



Trunks flare his aura as he charges his next attack. Ki orbs gathered in his palms as he brought his two index fingers together. "Big Tree Cannon!!!" The golden beam struck on top of the best head as it roars. "Ha! I'm an ace at whack - O - mole!" Trunks didn't have time to celebrate further as four tendrils shot from the smoke, wrapping his arms and legs. "What!?" As Trunks struggles, he comes face to face with another predator of this world that looked like a giant worm.



"FROM THE MENACING MAULWULF TO THE TERRIFYING TATZLWURM, THERE SEEM TO BE NO END TO THE ASSORTMENT OF CREATURES OCELLUS CAN BECOME!!!"

"THAT THING BEATS THE WORST CASE OF TAPEWORMS AT ANY GIVEN DAY!!!"

Trunks continue to struggle as Ocellus changes again. The young Saiyan now found himself constricted by a green, scaley appendage leading back to a body with a chicken for its head. It's red eyes gazed into Trunks' as the boy felt his body stiffen. "Oh, no! That's not good!" Gohan stated.

"Huh? You know what that thing is?" Krillin asked.

"One of the lessons for Earth transfer students was wildlife studies. Fluttershy wanted to stress the importance of awareness for the more dangerous animals here. That's a Cockatrice! It can turn its victims into solid stone!"

"What!?" Vegeta exclaimed. "You mean that absurd abomination against nature can turn people to stone! Don't be ridiculous!"

"Take a look!" Vegeta huffed and did just that, only for his eyes to widen at what he was witnessing.

It was confirmed as Ocellus unwraps her tail to reveal Trunks' lower body already encased in stone. It quickly worked its way past his midsection and arms until the petrification process reached his neck. "TRUNKS! YOU GOT TO DO SOMETHING!!!" Bulma exclaimed.

"Ah! I-I can't I--" The process completed itself, and Trunks was left entirely petrified.

"IF I DIDN'T SEE IT, I WOULD'VE SAID OCELLUS HAS A CARRER IN SCULPTING! BUT, IS SUCH A THING ALLOWED?"

Ocellus reverts to her original form as she spoke. "It's alright. I'll undo the petrification after you start the count, please,"

The announcer looks up at the royal booth for confirmation. After a moment of deliberation, the world leaders agreed. "IT SEEMS WE HAVE A CONSENSUS. I WILL START THE COUNT! ONE TWO..."

"Is this fair?" Goku asked.

"I would say it is, given who that girl is fighting," 18 stated.

"I don't know about that, 18. Can you imagine not being able to move like that? He's completely vulnerable!" Krillin stated. Vegeta crosses his arms and frowns.

"THREE, FOUR..."

"It certainly is a dangerous technique. I'm glad we won't have to contend with it," Piccolo said.

"I guess changelings are more formidable than we thought, huh," Gohan noted.

"And you do well to remember that, cetin!" Crystal spat, but there was an air of pride in her tone. Vegeta's frown slowly turns into a sneer.

Up in the royal booth, Thorax takes a sigh of relief. "Thank goodness. I didn't think she could win against such an opponent,"

"Don't believe the hype around these Saiyans, brother. Any opponent can fall with the right strategy. That boy was overconfident in his power," Pharynx said.

"FIVE, SIX..."

"Oh, man! That kid's a garden nom now!"

"Is he even breathing!?"

"I wouldn't want to fight that kid next!"

"Grr!" Vegeta growls at the irritating comments from the audience.

"SEVEN, EIGHT...!"

Vegeta was now openly glaring at everything at this point. He turns his head to the sound of laughter. "Oh, drake! I can't believe Trunks lost like this! It looks like this generation of Saiyans is a joke," Spike mocks.

"ENOUGH!!!" Vegeta's voice was so loud that it silences all chatter within the stadium. "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING DOWN THERE, TRUNKS! ARE YOU HONESTLY GOING TO TELL ME THAT A MEASELY TECHNIQUE AS THAT BESTED YOU?! YOU ARE MAKING A MOCKERY OF YOUR HERITAGE! THE BLOOD OF THE STRONGEST WARRIOR LINEAGE FLOWS WITHIN YOU! FOR YOU ARE THE SON OF THE PRINCE OF SAIYANS! NOW SHOW ME YOUR PRIDE!!!"

Despite Vegeta's outburst, the count continued. "NINE-- WAIT! A CRACK IS FORMING AROUND CRACKS STONEY PRISON!"

Sure enough, several spider web cracks formed down from Trunks' face. Sensing the match was taking a wrong turn, Pharnyx shouted. "FINISH THE COUNT, YOU FOOL!!!"

"HMM? OH YES! TE--"

The announcer never got the chance to finish as Super Saiyan Trunks explodes out of his prison. "HAAAAA!!!"

"Hmph!" Vegeta smirks.

"TURN INTO SOMETHING ELSE! QUICKLY LITTLE NYMPH!!!" Crystal said with a surprising amount of concern.

Ocellus was about to do just that but stops in her tracks. She watches Trunks' aura with a mixture of curiosity and awe. It dances around like a campfire - wild and unruly - yet entirely contained. Her blue eyes sparkled from the light her enemy was producing as she unconsciously took a step forward. "...The light; it's beautiful...!" She whispers. Trunks smile at this as he raises his right hand. As Ocellus takes another step, Trunks vanishes behind, much to Ocellus' confusion.

"Like a moth to a flame..." Trunks gently bring his hand down in a chopping motion against the changeling nymph's neck. Ocellus' eyes briefly shot up with alarm before she passes out.

"OCELLUS IS DOWN! TIME FOR THE COUNT! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! AGAINST ALL ODDS, LITTLE TRUNKS HERE HAS PULLED OFF AN MAJOR UPSET! I DOUBT ANY YOUNGSTER CAN MATCH THIS BOY IN COURAGE! TRUNKS ADVANCES TO THE SEMI-FINALS!!!"

Trunks kneel and shake Ocellus awake. The little nymph began to stir and met Trunks' eyes. "You ok?" Trunks ask.

"..." Ocellus couldn't respond as she reaches out for Trunks' aura. She slowly swipes her hand through it, as if she could grasp the shimmering light within her hands.

"Um, hello, did you hear what I said?" Trunks still didn't receive an answer. however, it was around this time that he saw many of the changelings in the audience staring the same way. "Maybe, I should power down..."

The moment Trunks did so, Ocellus blinks before shaking her head. "What happened?"

Trunks give her a cheeky smile in response. "I won," Ocellus looks away from Trunks in disappointment. "Hey, don't feel bad. I had fun fighting all those crazy monsters. We should do it again sometime!"

Ocellus dips her head in a bashful manner. The two walked back to the waiting area as Ocellus spoke softly. "...I wouldn't mind as long as I can see your light again..."

"Huh? My light?"

"Nothing!"


"Now that's more like it!" Vegeta said in a smug tone.

"Wipe that swarm from your face, Vegeta!" Crystal spat.

"Oh, I'm sorry. You're looking upset at such a stunning defeat.

"He would've lost if not for your interference. I thought the rule was no Super Saiyan transformations!"

"I didn't say a word about transforming. I was merely offering words of encouragement,"

"I'm surprised a cold-hearted barbarian is capable of caring for anything," Crystal sneer turns into a coy smile as she continued. "Or perhaps you've gone soft!"

Vegeta growls at that. "What was that?!"

"It makes sense that you would lose your edge when surround by the flesh sack and their ideals. I mean, look at you with a new loving family. It won't be long before you're bouncing a new infant on your knee while reading the sports section!"

Crystal breaks out in mocking laughter as Vegeta raises his hand to threaten her. "Say another word, and you'll experience death for a second time!!!" Thankfully, Goku, Gohan, and Krillin intervened.

"Whoa, there, cool it. You can's start a fight up here!" Krillin said.

"I think it's best to save all the threats and insults for the ring, so no one gets hurt," Gohan said.

Vegeta scoffs as he lowers his hand. "The only that will get hurt will be her!"

"I'm waiting with bated breath," Crystal taunted again.


"NOW FOR THE LAST MATCH OF THE QUARTER FINALS! GALLUS OF GRIFFONSTONE VS SMOLDER OF THE DRAGONLANDS!!!"

Gallus cracks his knuckles in anticipation. "I hope you're ready to pay for what you did to Silverstream!"

Smolder was far from impressed. "Gallus, give up, that's the only way you won't get hurt!"

Gallus flexed his claws in response. "I should be telling you that!"

"FIGHTER'S READY? COMMENCE!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdub_jTL2cg&t=80s

Gallus vanished from sight, much like he did against Tigra, as clanging sounds in the area. Smolder scoffs as she spun around and caught two talons inches from her face. Gallus eyes went wide while Smolder's narrows. She launches a hick right to his jaw, sending him skyward. Flicking above his position, Smolder brought the same leg down upon the griffon's head. Gallus crashed into the ground with the force of a piston as Smolder landed. Gallus was motionless in the crater as Smolder gazed upon him. She stared for a few seconds before letting out a sigh. Turning to the announcers, she spoke. "Hey! Start the count!"

"IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE ANOTHER QUICK MATCH, FOLKF--"

"HURRY UP!!!"

"YESH! NO NEED TO YELL. ANYWAY, 1--" Gallus' wings shot up and flap in smolder's direction. The gust of wind knocks the little drakina off balance. A second flap went off as Gallus goes airborne. A nasty glare, coupled by a streak of blood from his beak, bore into Smolder. "WHAT AN AMAZING RECOVERY! NOW GALLUS IS OUT FOR BLOOD!!!"

Smolder growl's at the announcer's incompetence while Gallus saw an opening. The air around him swirled around his paws and feet. He throws two hooks and three roundhouse kicks as the attacks turned into wind blades. Smoler's eyes narrowed into slits as she jumps back, dodging each blow as they cut the ground. Smolder flips back while extending her leg to counterattack. A wave of heat cuts through Gallus attack like a knife through butter. Gallus cries out in shock as he manages to dodge it, but burning his feathers in the process. His training allowed him to stay airborne, but he took his eyes off of Smolder to inspect the damage. The little Drakina was on him instantly as she shot off the ground. She made a swiping past behind him, ripping into his shirt from his waist, and drawing some more blood. Gallus hisses in pain but responded in kind. The two exchanged blows in the air. But, Smolder had the advantage. Every punch, swipe, and kick Gallus threw, Smolder gave back two-fold. Gallus had cuts on his legs, shoulders, and chest as blood drips from his wounds.

"Stop making this harder than it needs to be and give up!" Smolder shouts.

"I won't stop until I won and make you sorry for hurting Silver!"

Gallus swung wildly with a kick, but Smolder slams her elbow and knee on his joint. Gallus squawks in pain before Smolder plants her fist into his stomach. As Gallus lurched forward, Smolder grips his face and toss the griffon back down to earth. But Smolder was far from done as Gallus bounced off the ground, Smolder drives her fist into his stomach. At this point, Gallus coughs up blood. She throws a series of rapid-fire punches for good measure before finishing with a stiff jab to his face again. Smolder was left panting from her efforts, but it seemed like Gallus was down for good. She didn't gaze too long at her fallen friend as she walks away.

The two announcers ran past her to check on Gallus, but Smolder's attention was all over the place. It landed on the crowd who were dead silent with shock all over their faces. It lands over to her other opponents, and it was the same look as before; disappointment from some and fear from her friends. Smolder didn't know why she looked at Spike and Ember. Spike was happy, downright pleased, in fact, but Ember had a crestfallen look on her features. However, her features turned to one of shock as the dragonlord focused behind her. Smolder sucks her teeth. She turns around, stops in her tracks. Gallus was standing as the announcers backed away from him. His head hung low while his injured leg trembled from his weight. His arms tried to form a sluggish stance, but the griffon was having trouble keeping his arms up. The worst part was the blood. All the slash wounds, though shallow, was bleeding profusely. Gallus took a shaky step forward as Smolder took one back.

"What's wrong with you?!" Smolder shouted in frustration. "Why are you still trying to fight?! It's over! I won!!!"

"..." Gallus had no reply, instead, taking another shaky step forward.

Smolder took another step back. "You think this is funny?! Look at yourself! Just lay down and get some help!!!!"

"...S-S-Silver s-stream..." Gallus stumbled a bit. His voice was low and strained. "I have to w-win for S-Silverstream. I-I have to pay you back! I-I have to win f-for gramps...!" The dead glazed-over look in Gallus' eyes made Smolder's heart sink. Again, she tried to retreat.

'Hey, what's the holdup?' Another telepathic message from Spike made Smolder stop in her tracks. 'A gentle breeze could knock Gallus over, and you're backing away? Let's move on already!'

Smolder began to sweat as she turns to the announcers. "Hey! Call the match already! He's in no shape to fight!!!"

"WE, UH..."

"A-AS LONG AS GALLUS IS STILL STANDING THEN THE MATCH CAN CONTINUE!"

"Oh, I get it..." Smolder cinched her fist so hard that it drew blood. "You're all doing this on purpose-- to make me the big bad dragon, huh?" She brought up her hand and gathered her Ki. The orb obscured her feature enough to hid her forming tears. "...Just remember: this was you, not me!" Despite the danger, Gallus continues in his advance. Smolder fires, and the attack explodes on impact. Gallus flies out of the smoke and into the lower bleachers.

"GALLUS IS OUT OF BOUNDS!!!"

"SMOLDER ADVANCES!!!"

Smolder let her arm fall limply to her side as the paramedics came to tend to her fallen friend. Although, Smolder knew that her chance of reconciliation with her former friends went up in smoke. She had won, and she was going to the finals. But, the question she kept asking herself, as she returns to the waiting and ignoring the judgemental stares, kept replaying in her head.

"Why does winning hurt so much?"

episode 19: The Junior Division, finale!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - Infirmary - Third Person POV]


"Come on; I think it's this way!"

"Calm your keister there, Rainbow. There isn't any place those kids can be right now," Applejack stated.

"It shouldn't be too hard to find them. I saw Grandpa Gruff storm his way in here earlier," Starlight said.

"Oh! He must be as worried s we are about what happened," Fluttershy stated.

"Possibly, but I would wager--

"WHAT KIND OF A SCAM YOU'RE RUNNING HERE?!"

"...We'll hear him squawking up a storm..." Starlight finished.

"Trixie wonders how the whole colosseum wouldn't be able to him that old buzzard,"

The girls followed the sound of the grumpy griffon into the medical bay. Inside, the cranky griffon gave the staff an earful while Gallus and Silverstream lay on their stretchers. Grandpa Gruff was glaring down everyone present as he spoke. "Why are you feeding them beans instead of giving the real medical treatment?!"

"The bean you are quick to reject is not one of neglect," A familiar zebra mare walks in, much to the surprise of the elements and company.

"Zecora!" Pinkie rushes in for a hug that Zecora gladly returns. "It's so good that you get some screentime too!!!"

"While I do not know your meaning, your presence here is gleaming,"

"It's good to see you, Zecora. But I would've thought you'd be with the adult competitors," Rarity said, also engaging in a hug.

"A fair assumption to make, but my entry would be a mistake. With so many powers coming into play - my victory - there is no way. A reflection on my talents was a must; mending the sick is more just,"

"I suppose that makes sense. All of the fighters would be hard enough to wrestle on their own. Then, add Goku and his kinfolk into the mix is plain unfair," Applejack said.

"Psst. That's quitter talk. We've been training hard with that Ki energy stuff. And I got to be the one to knock Scoots off her title reign," Rainbow boasted.

"STOP SPOUTING OUT NONSENSE AND PERFORM YOUR DUTY!!!" Grandpa Gruff hollered.

Crossing her arms, Trixie was hardly impressed. "Trixie does not understand why you are here? You hardly cared for Gallus during his time in school!"

An angry vein appeared on the elder griffon's forehead as he was about to reply. However, he stopped when Zecora approached Gallus with a bean in hand. He opens his beak and gently rubs his throat, causing him to be sallow. Moments later, Gallus pops back up, completely healed of his injuries. Gallus blinks in confusion as he inspects himself. He looks around the room to find his teachers and grandpa Gruff. The latter was shying away from the show mare counselor who was giving him a smug grin. Before the young griffon could utter a word, Pinkie Pie and Silverstream brought him into a hug.

"Gallus! You're ok. I mean, when you came in, you were asleep with all those wounds. But now, you good as new. Those beans are amazing, and they are not that bad," Silverstream said.

"I can't breathe..." Gallus said, but Pinkie and Sliverstream's combined hug muffled it.

"Hmm? What was that?" Pinkie asked.

Gallus manages to slip free as he yells out. "I can't breathe!" He turns to Silverstream, who looks back at him sheepishly. the young griffon scratches his head as he mutters. "So, yeah, I'm glad you're ok,"

"Is that all you have to say?" Grandpa Gruff's voice causes the griffon to stiffen up. "Because you went and got careless out there! Those scrolls didn't come cheap, and the raven blood won't like--"

"Ahem!!!" Trixie cleared her throat rather forcefully. The old griffon turns around to find several reproachful glares aim at him.

He looks back at gallus, who crossed his arms, but held his head down in shame. "I suppose it wasn't your fault. Pairing you up with the homicidal dragon was the problem. We ought to complain to the administration and demand a rematch!!!"

"Don't sweat it, gramps. I lost because I wasn't as vicious as Smolder was in the fight,"

"I guess she wanted to win more than we did, huh..." Silverstream stated.

"Don't let your losses discourage you. You both did very well," Fluttershy comforted.

"And you shouldn't take Smolder's actions at face value. Her methods are not the path of success," Starlight stated firmly.

"But she still won, and probably in the finals right now!" Gallus countered.

"That may be true, darlings, but I assure you both that she will not be the new champion by abandoning her friendships," Rarity said. "But, I will be certain to give her a piece of my mind for employing such brutish tactics!"

"I don't think it's that simple, Rares. Smolder didn't look like she was enjoying herself. What she said after Gallus got back up from his beating was telling enough-- uh, no offense sugarcube,"

"...It's fine..." Gallus grumbles.

"But, I reckon she wanted to settle things real quick-like to spare herself the trouble of hurting her friends,"

"So, somepony, or, more accurately, some dragon is pushing to this violence," Starlight summarized.

Rarity let out a gasp as she spoke. "Surely, you're not suggesting that either Ember or Spike had a hand in this behavior?!"

"Of course those two dragons filthy claws are responsible1 I always said those overgrown fire spitters were nothing but trouble. It was only a matter of time before they hurt other creatures beneath them. And you crazy mares wanted to bring them to a school together!" Grand Gruff chided.

All the girls took offense to this remark. "That is completely unfounded. Smolder is an absolute delight in our school. Yes, she took a while to warm up to friendship, but so have the various other creatures!" Rarity stated.

"You're right, Rarity. Dragons shares many qualities I've seen in Griffons, Humans, and Yaks. Even ponies are capable of aggressive instincts. Our school helps our students understand that their differences make their bonds stronger!" Starlight added.

"Then, can you all explain why a horde of those dragons invaded the human's world?" The girls winced at that and took on an air of confusion. "Don't give me those fish-lip looks. It all over those human gizmos. The land they went to looks like the inside of a volcano. And your model student was there with the dragon leaders!"

"That only happens because those meanies at the Red Ribbon stole their eggs. If I was a parent, then no one was going to mess with mama Pinkie's foals!" Pinkie Pie said, wielding a spanking bat.

Grandpa Gruff had enough of the nonsense and started to leave. "You coming, Gallus?"

"I want to watch the results of the tournament, gramps," Gallus said.

Grandpa Gruff let out a squawk as he left the room. Turning back to Gallus, Silverstream spoke. "maybe we should talk to Smolder and let her know we're still friends?"

"I think I might need more time before we can talk, Sliver, but let's go see how things are going,"

The girls watch their students leave as they gathered their thoughts. To be honest," Pinkie began. "Spike been getting more distant lately. He doesn't respond to my letters anymore,"

"Probably because you send like a hundred letters through dragon fire every day," Starlight deadpans.

"You never know what could happen in the next few seconds. My Pinkie sense keeps telling me that something big involving one of our friends is going to happen soon,"

"I think its quite clear that an intervention needs to happen, for all our sakes," Rarity states.


[Sometime later - Arena floor.]


"WELCOME BACK FIGHT FANS!!!" The crowd erupts with newfound vigor and cheering. "THANKS WE MISSED YOU TOO!!!"

"WE MISSED YOU SO MUCH THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE SURPRISE. THERE WILL BE NO SEMI-FINAL ROUND!!!" The audience began muttering in confusion at this announcement. "INSTEAD, THE TOURNAMENT EXECUTIVES HAS SIGNED OFF ON A NEW PROPOSAL! IT SHALL BE SMOLDER VS PRINCESS FLURRY HEART VS TRUNKS IN A WINNER TAKE ALL TRIPLE THREAT FACE OFF!!!"

Trunks, Flurry Heart, and Smolder all walked out to the center of the stadium. They stood apart from one another in a triangle formation as they eyed each other. The sudden change in the match card threw all three of them for a loop. However, Smolder had a good guess. She looked back up to Spike, who smiled down with a knowing grin. With her suspicions confirmed, smolder scoffs and prepared for another impromptu test. The only plus side was that Smolder didn't personally know her enemies. So, she won't feel bad about hurting them. Trunks arched a brow and looked to where his opponent was looking, only spying the spectators and shrugs it off. Meanwhile, Flurry looked concerned about fighting two opponents at once.

"FIGHTERS! ARE YOU READY?"

"Good to the both of you," Flurry Heart said politely, taking her stance.

"My dad always says luck is for those with no pride in themselves!" Trunks said, taking his stance too.

"...Let's get this over with already!" Smolder said impatiently.

"LET THE FINAL ROUND OF THE JUNIOR DIVISION BEGIN!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ezhI9m4eQ&list=PLmuX-LlB3pEiLa7E7bTjyvEJCMDOudVfd&index=19

"RAAAWWWH!!!" Smolder's roar instantly got Trunks and Flurry's attention. A white aura with dark orange wisps engulfs her as she opens her maw. A red beam shoots forth as Flurry Heart leaps into the air. Trunks powers up as he stops the beam with his hands. However, the force of the attack was pushing the young Saiyan back. A few feet was between him and an instant ring out. However, Trunks' muscles strained from exertion as he tosses the beam in the air. He received no reprieve as Smolder was instantly upon him. She drives her fist into his stomach before following up with a chain punches to his face. Smolder connects with an uppercut that lifts Trunks off the ground before thrusting both arms forward. Trunks' eyes widen as Smolder sent him sailing through the air. At that moment, Flurry Heart rejoins the battle. She reappears in front of Smolder with her right hand, holding a ball of magic. Slamming it into Smolder's chest, the little Drakina flew to the opposite end of the arena, much like Trunks.

"UH OH! BOTH TRUNKS AND SMOLDER ARE ON THE VERGE OF A RING OUT! IS THIS THE END?"

Smolder snarls at the annoying play-by-plays. The drakina pants both feet and squeezes the offensive magic against her chest. A moment later, Smolder crushes the magic with her bare claws. At the same time, Trunks frees himself by kicking the energy blast high into the sky. He looks down at his opponents before powering up to his Super Saiyan form. Flurry Heart, now feeling exposed, looks between Trunks and Smolder as her horn glows. Both dragon and Sayian dashes forward as Flurry Heart summons a shield. Spiderweb cracks formed on the protection and ground below. Flurry shut her eyes tight and gritted her teeth from the strain. Trunks and Smolder cocks back their free hands, but Flurry teleports away at the last moment. However, both fighters fist collided in a violent shockwave, echoing throughout the arena. Although, despite Smolder's efforts, Trunks won out. Smolder felt herself skidding across the earth before coming to a stop. Flurry Heart appears to the dragons' right as they both eyed Trunks warily. Trunks smirk and gestures both of them to attack.

"LOOK AT THIS, FIGHT FANS! TRUNKS IS ASKING BOTH HIS OPPONENTS TO ENGAGE AT THE SAME TIME! ONE HAS TO ADMIRE SUCH CONFIDENCE, HOWEVER, WILL THIS BACKFIRE ON THE YOUNG FIGHTER FROM EARTH?"

Flurry Heart nods at Smolder, who, reluctantly, bounces back. Although, before standing up, Smolder notices several needles near her feet. She picks up a handful as she and Flurry Heart faced Trunks. The alicorn Princess summons two magic orbs and thrusts them forward as Smolder takes a large intake of air before spewing her fire breath. The flames concealed Flurry's attack, leaving Trunks to contend with the fire. He sent out a shockwave that dispelled the fire, but not the magic orbs. Trunks quickly brace himself; however, the spheres stop short of contact and burst into a blinding light. The next instant, Trunks felt a stabbing pain in his left arm. Trunks move away from the drakina as his vision returns. Protruding out of his shoulder, Trunks find the same needles Ocellus used against him. The pain soon gave way to numbness as his arm went limp. Looking back at the dragon in angry, Smolder returned the same cocky smile Trunks had earlier. Her smile faltered when Trunks smiled back at her.

"What's so funny?!" Smolder asked.

"I was about to suggest I fight using one arm since this is so easy," Trunks stated.

Flurry came charging in with a roundhouse that Trunks was able to block. "Wow, that's so generous of you, thanks!"

"Really! You're too kind!" Smolder stated, throwing a punch that Trunks blocks with his knee.

The pressure began anew as Smolder and Flurry attack simultaneously. Despite their combined assault, Trunks held his own. as Flurry came in with a straight jab, Trunks hooks his arm around her wrist, thus trapping her for the moment. Smolder came in from his left side, but Trunks drags Flurry Heart into her path and slams the filly into the drakina. He quickly follows up with a roundhouse kick to their sides before firing a Ki blast. Flurry Heart winces as her horn glows, summoning that hexagon barrier like before. The shot redirects back toward Trunks, who knocks it away, allowing Smolder and Flurry to reposition themselves. Flurry Heart places two fingers to her forehead beneath her glowing horn.

"Keep him busy and wait for an opening!!!" Flurry stated.

"Tch!" Smolder sucks her teeth in response but complies.

"Amazing. Trunks' holding them both off with one good arm!" Krillin said.

"But, it looks Flurry has a plan in the works," Gohan said, pointing to the filly charging her attack.

"Hmph. That tired old technique again? As if she'll be able to hit my son with such a straight forward attack!" Vegeta said smugly.

"Don't be too sure about that," Piccolo grunted. 'Come on, kid,'

Flurry Heart pulls her hand away and aims it at Trunks and Smolder. "Special Beam Cannon!!!" The spiral beam launched toward both fighters with intense speed. However, she alerted both parties of her intentions. Smolder flickers away to safety while Trunks choose to bat the attack away.

"Ha. That was weak. If that was your best plan, then you might as well lay down for the ten counts!" Trunks gloated. However, unbeknownst to him was that Flurry Heart knew Trunks would dodge, which is why her hand was still glowing. Flurry fires three more beams at the Saiyan. Who quickly escapes, but remains unaware of the crystal princess true intentions. 'Come on, this is starting to get--" Trunks eyes slammed open as he narrowly throws his head back from a beam passing his sight. He followed its path to see it reflect off the barrier Flurry summoned earlier. All four attacks were redirecting around him while gaining alarming amounts of speed. Trunks had nowhere to go as the attacks set upon him. For every beam he managed to dodge or swat away, the barrier would send it back at the young Saiyan with twice the momentum. Trunks glare down at Flurry, who sends a smirk in return as her hands controlled the barriers. Trunks tried to retaliate with a blast, but the Special beam cannon rips right through it. Flurry signals to Smolder that now was the time.

"How do you like my special cage barrage?" Flurry taunted. "You're like a little bird stuck in a cage, but this next bit is my favorite..."

Flury tightens her fist as the hexagon began to close in on Trunks while reflecting her attack at an even greater rate. Trunks found it harder to avoid the beams unscathed, leaving burn marks on his left cheek, right shoulder, and upper thighs. At the same time, Smolder hovers above him, channeling her Ki into the space between her palms. A green org pulsed with electric discharges that lit up the area. Trunks became distracted by this for a moment, which cost him dearly. One of the four beams struck his midsection, knocking the wind out of him while propelling the young Super Saiyan backward. Another beam hit is back, sending forward again before the last two beams drove him into the ground. Smolder raises her hands down toward Trunks as he tried to get up. The discharges reached their zenith point as she bellows.

"Emerald Thunder Flash!!"

A sphere of green energy engulfs everything around it as lightning bolts shoot out from the edges. All the spectators shielded their eyes as the attack died down. "What the heck!? That was way too intense!" Krillin stated.

"Any more power and she could've broken through the shields protecting the audience!" Gohan said.

"Forget the audience! What of the Saiyan? Is he dead?" Crystal asked. Everyone shot her a flat stare.

The attack faded away, and everyone reeled in at the wake of the results. Trunks were lying face down in a crater. The impact had seemingly knocked him unconscious and out of his Super Saiyan form. Half of his Gi clung to his right shoulder while the left side exposes the charred arm. There were small amounts of electrical currents running through the boy's body, causing him to flinch and twitch. Smolder touched down a few feet away, panting heavily. She had put everything into that attack to ensure that Trunks would stay down. But, there was still one more obstacle she had to overcome. Flurry drops her shield and marching up to the drakina. She grabs her by the collar and bares her teeth in anger.

"ARE YOU CRAZY!?"

"..."

"That attack was too strong. I can barely feel Trunks' energy!"

"...You gave me an opening, and I took it," The calm tone from Smolder angered the crystal princess even more. "I have to say thanks because you gave me two openings..."

"FLURRY! GETAWAY FROM HER, NOW!!!" Piccolo warned, but it was too late.

"Wha-- Oof?!" In her anger, Flurry Heart forgot the match was still going on, and she felt a stinging sensation in her stomach. She looks down to see the remaining Pukwudgiet quills sticking out of her from her lower abdomen. The effect was much more potent against a native Equian than it was on an Earthling. Smolder gently freed herself from Flurry's hold and gave her a push. Flurry fell backward with her body still locked in position. The only sign that she was always conscious of was her shifting, tear-stained eyes.

After another moment, both announcers ran onto the scene. "OH MY! IT WAS DIFFICULT TO TELL BEFORE, BUT IT WOULD APPEAR THAT BOTH PRINCESS FLURRY HEART AND TRUNKS ARE DOWN!"

"THAT LAST ATTACK MIGHT'VE BEEN EXCESSIVE BUT--" A low growl from Smolder told CC to cut to the chase. "ERR, YES, TIME FOR THE COUNT. ONE..."

Smolder drowns out the count as she took a sigh of relief. She had won. The ordeal was finally over. She looks up to her mentor, who was smiling ear to ear. 'Nice work, but your execution is lacking. I was expecting an even coating of soot. I hate medium-rare meat,'

'...Don't you care?'

'About Trunks? He's fine. He's a Saiyan. Plus, we have Senzu beans that make disembowelment look like a papercut. Which is why your hesitation earlier was pointless,'

'...My friends aren't pointless...'

'No, what's pointless is thinking they still see you as their friend. But, hey, it's their fault for not taking this seriously. Now, you're the champ, and they're a bunch of losers,'

Smolder allows a lump down her throat for what she was about to do next. "I-If this is what being a winner is like, then I'm done! After this, find some other dragon to kick around!'

'Eh, your loss,'

'...What...?'

'Hey, I tried to make you best, but you want out. So, it no scales off my hide. But, I bet other dragons will jump at the chance to have the power I can offer. If I feel like teaching them, that is, especially if they turn out ungrateful like you,' Smolder bit back a harsh response as she stood there trembling. There were thirty meters and five floors between them, yet it felt as though Spike was right in front of her. If she were paying attention, she would have noticed that the announcers haven't declared her the winner yet. Or that there was a presence behind her. Spike did, however. 'Oh, and despite your attitude, I have some free advice for you,'

Smolder couldn't keep herself from snarling in her response. 'What?!'

'Crushing your enemies is a good way to make sure they don't get up as Trunks did,'

It was at that moment that Smolder catches a light shining behind her. Her eyes widen in horror as Trunks was up again, in his Super Saiyan form, while charging a Ki blast. Smolder had enough time to catch that winning smile adorning Trunks partially bloodstained face as she felt herself flung to the far end of the arena, crashing headlong into the earth. She clutches in pain before she realizes where she landed. The look on Trunks' face said it all; a clean ring out. After a moment of silence, the crowd erupted into a standing ovation. Trunks began hopping and hollering while running along the arena floor, waving his right arm at his friends and family. Everyone had forgotten about her and her woes. It was all about winning and losing. In the end, that what mattered. In the end, despite all her concerns and sacrifices, she still lost. Spike was right. Smolder was glad the for shadows as she sat down against the wall and the crowd's cheering. It made it easier to let her emotions out.


"HOW ABOUT ANOTHER STANDING OVATION FOR ALL THE JUNIOR FIGHTERS TODAY. THEY CERTAINLY GAVE IT THEIR ALL, AND GAVE US A SPECTACULAR SHOW!"

"AND ANOTHER BIG HAD FOR YOUR NEW JUNIOR DIVISION CHAMPION, TRUNKS OF PLANET EARTH!!!"

"WAY TO GO TRUNKS! THAT'S MY BOY!!!" Bulma hollers.

"Man, that was awesome!" Gohan exclaimed.

"No, kidding. I thought Trunks was done for with that last attack," Krillin stated.

Vegeta chuckles at this remark. "You need to stop entering absurd notions. Trunks' victory was never in doubt," Vegeta turns to Piccolo with a smug expression. "It's a shame about his other opponents. Oh well, better luck next year, huh green man?"

"The brat got lucky!" Crystal stated.

"I will admit that dragon kid had the match won, but she got distracted at the end," Piccolo said.

"Shouldn't we be heading down now?" Android 18 said in an impatient tone.

"We should go congratulate Trunks first," Scootaloo suggests.

Goku was silent for a time as he stared into the shadows of the lower levels. He turns his head to his former pupil before speaking. "You guys go without me. I need to check something out," Goku said. Without another word, Goku vanishes from sight, leaving his friends bewildered.

On their side of the highrise, Spike drops his empty bowl of popcorn as he let out a belch. He cracks his hands together before performing some light stretching. "Finally! I thought I was going to die from boredom. Now, we can have some fun around here," He turns to Ember, who hadn't taken her eyes off where Smolder was sulking. Spike snaps his fingers near her head to get her attention. "Hey, we got to head down to the arena for the prelims,"

"...I'm going to check on Smolder..."

Spike gave her an incredulous look. "Why?"

Ember whips around stiffly as she glared at her mate. "Why? You're asking why? Smolder lost!"

"I know. We were watching the same match,"

"Spike!"

"What? Do you want to comfort her? What can you say that won't make her feel worse? 'Oh, I'm sorry you almost won after all that hard work and training. I am not mad, but very disappointed.' Is that how it will go? I thought dragons don't do those kinds of things?"

"I thought you were different from that way of thinking!"

Spike seems to recoil a bit as his mate, who, in turn, stayed firm on her stance. "Alright, but don't blame me if she bites our head off,"

episode 20: Melee at the Preliminaries, enter the Supreme Kai!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins that for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - Smolder's POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8qN8uC_byY&list=PLSS4tbOVsKLVf96IaAficT7blf-G_zYjb&index=68

"Stupid tournament - UH! - stupid master!" I wailed, punching this dumb wall in front of me. I stayed out of bounds to vent my frustrations. The wall was sturdy enough to handle my punches, and I was at it for a while. It was easy to lose track of time when I kept pretending the supports was that jerk of a master, Spike. I wish I could do this for feal, but I knew I couldn't, so this was the next best thing. I think some officials came to check up on me, but I scared them away. They probably saw me tenderizing this wall and felt better than to bug me. I bet they think I'm a sore loser right now. Well, forget them. Forget all of this stupid fighting. "Stupid. Stupid! STUPID!!!" I was so busy pummeling this wall that I didn't notice somebody behind me until they grab my wrist. I was about to bit their head off in more ways than one when I saw it was a bigger version of Goten. He was his dad or brother.

"Hey, there, that's a nice punch. But do you mind not destroying the support for the audience? That will cause a mess, trust me," I blinked as I watched this guy peering down at me. "Have you been crying?"

I snatched my hand away and moved backward. "You ever heard of personal space?"

"I just came to congratulate you. That fight had me on the edge of my seat,"

I crossed my arms and looked away from this guy. "Tch. Yeah, sure, I bet you're also want to say that I went too far, or I could've killed somebody,"

"It did get a little intense out there. But, I could tell you were in complete control. I didn't think I would see so many junior fighters display the level of skill I've seen today," I looked back at Goten's dad to see him smiling down at me.

"It doesn't matter anyway. I still lost..."

"There's no shame in losing. You could say losing is the greatest teacher of all time. It allows you to work on what you lack so that you can succeed the next time," I didn't say anything, but I did look back at him. It doesn't feel like he's talking down or scolding me at all.

"...I guess..."

"I bet Spike is proud of your performance,"

"Who cares what he thinks!" I growled out. "Everything about him is stupid! His attitude, the way he talks down to me, how he always got some tests that make hurt my friends!!!"

I felt a hand on my shoulder and saw Goten's dad had bent down to my level. "Is that why you've been crying?"

"..." I didn't say anything, but I felt myself nodding anyway.

"Has he mistreated you?"

"...He never physically hurt me. Well, he didn't do it himself. No, that's not right either-- Urgh!"

"Ok, let's take a step back. Now I know Spike isn't the type to harm people out of spite. But, I believe he's been instilling the wrong lesson onto you. I know a few bad masters like that. But, that also doesn't sound like Spike, especially when I taught him. What about Ember?'

"The dragon lord helps reign him back when he gets too crazy with his training methods. Lately, I think she has been getting worried about him. Wait, you taught how to fight?"

"Yeah. Spike came to me after the gauntlet of fire thing a few years back. We had a run-in with a few dragons that ruffed him up a bit.

"My brother kept saying some ponies and a hairless monkey thing cost him the specter. That was you!?" I saw him nod as I groaned. "So, in a way, you're to blame for all my problems!"

I growled at him as he put his hands up defensively. I pointed my finger at him while power flowed out of my body. "If you didn't teach that jerk anything, then I wouldn't be here!"

"I wasn't trying to mess with you or your brother. Besides, I had to fight that huge dragon because of it,"

I felt a pit form in my stomach at that. "Torch. You fought the former dragonlord..." I said blankly. I thought those were just some crazy rumors.

"Yep, but, back to Spike. He only wanted to learn martial arts to protect those precious to him and to surpass him himself as a person,'

I crossed my arms as I scoffed. "I guess some dragons do change after a while,"

"So, he wasn't always the way you described when he started training you?"

"...He was a lot like the ponies when we started..."

"I think this sudden change is more in-depth than either of us know. But don't worry about anything else. From here on out, I'll set Spike straight," At least that's one problem I don't have to worry about anymore. I felt myself getting sad again as I thought about the others.

"Are you thinking about your friends?"

"No!" I could see the doubt in Goten's dad's face as I sighed. There was no point in lying now. "...They're not my friends anymore..."

"I think that's up to them to decide, but you won't get an answer hiding here in the dark," He then looks behind me with a smirk. "But, it looks lie you won't have to go far,"

I followed his gaze as my heart skipped a beat. Yona and Ocellus were there. Ocellus gave me a shy wave while Yona had a big grin on her face. I didn't know what to do. How much did they hear? I got my answer when Yona smothers me in a hug. "Yona miss dragon friend. Yona is sorry she missed your fights. Yona was still dizzy from the fight with alicorn,"

"I - You - What?"

Ocellus came up and squeezed underneath Yona to hug me too. We broke off, and I stared at Ocellus. I know she could feel what I am feeling, but I still had to say. "I'm--"

"You should wait until everyone is together," Ocellus stated, cutting me off. "It's better than having to repeat yourself. Let's go,"

Yona came up behind us and hoisted us on her shoulder. "We got to hurry. We go to our friends, then watch adult fighters!" I shook my head at this, but I didn't bother fighting back. I looked around to Goten's dad, who smiles at me while giving me a thumbs up. It was stupid, but I sent gave him one back.


[Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJjtAzyH-ys

"See? I told you there was nothing to worry about, Ember,"

Goku turns around to see Spike and Ember walking up to him. "Is Smolder alright?" Ember asked.

"She's doing a lot better now. Some of her friends came and picked her up," Goku said.

Goku paid close attention to their reactions. Ember appeared relieved as she sighs. Spike, however, looked slightly annoyed. "Well, thanks for that. Now we can focus on more important--"

Spike started, but Ember cut him off. "I still want to talk with her,"

"Is there a point anymore?" Spike groaned. "We're going to be late!"

"Actually," Goku said, draping his arms over the two drakes and pulling them close. "There's going to be a brief intermission to repair the damage to the ring. So, the others and I was going to grab a quick bite to eat!" Both dragons wanted to protest for different reasons. However, despite Goku's cheerful demeanor, his grip on both of them said it all. They did not have a choice in the matter. A moment later, the trio vanished from their position and reappeared in front of the others. "Hey, everyone, look who I found,"

"Hey Goku, you're right on time. The mess hall got a nice spread waiting for us," Krillin stated.

"Spike," Scootaloo said curtly.

"Scoots," Spike replied with the same tone.

"Great. You brought the lizards..." Crystal quips.

"Excuse me?" Ember stated in a threatening tone.

"You're excused. Now go ahead and leave,"

"Huh, I guess you are like a roach, Chrysalis. No matter how many times we squash you, you pop up again," Spike stated, much to the surprise of everyone else. "What? Is that disguise supposed to fool anyone? Same eyes, same hair, and the halo floating above her head. Although, I thought succubi had little horns on their heads,"

Crystals' hand lit with magic as she approaches a smug-looking Spike. "You dare--"

"Whoa, there, save the fighting for the arena. Now's the time for eating," Goku said, defusing the tension.

"Gohan! There you are," Videl's voice rang out.

"Oh, hey, Videl. We missed you during the junior finals. Where were you?"

"I was with my father in the medical bay. He caught a sudden case of the flu shortly after the qualifiers. But, he seemed to be over it now,"

Scootaloo sends Videl a look as Krillin chuckles in his hands. "Oh yeah. I hear stomach flu is quite common when you travel between worlds,"

"Or maybe it's a case of stage fright after Smolder's qualifier," Scootaloo joked.

"and what's that suppose to mean?"

Scootaloo went to reply, but Spike's laughter cut her off. "Y-you mean that afro-mane disco reject is your father? I thought you were the help, not the offspring,"

"People often make the mistake of taking me lightly. It usually ends with the heads embedded into the ground," Videl stated with an edge in her tone.

Before Spike could respond, Ember goes up to her and offers a handshake. "If you're the daughter of the human champion, then I look forward to fighting you. Fair warning: I won't be going easy on you,"

Videl sent Ember a dubious look before shaking her hand. "Sure thing, same to you,"

Spike rolls his eyes and enters the room. Everyone soon joined in after him as they found a large table. The waiters were waiting at the table and took everyone's orders. Goku looks around the mess hall at the other fighters before smiling. "Yo, Shade, over here!" The rest of the Z warriors watch as one of the other competitors made their way over to them. The man wore a light frown aimed at Goku, who smiled in return. "Huh, I thought it would take more to bring you over,"

Shade took his seat and merely scoffed at the remark. "I am sure you would've caused a scene and bring unwanted attention to myself,"

"Oh yeah, this guy is the ex evil king you spoke with earlier," Krillin asked.

"A pleasure to meet you all," Shade looks around the table as most of the group was indifferent about his presence. However, three of the members were sending him death glares. "Scootaloo, Dragon, Chrysalis," Shade nods to each of them.

"Sup," Scootaloo said flatly.

"That's Spike: the brave and glorious to you!" Spike said.

"King Sombra. I see you're still wearing that horrid face," Crystal stated.

"And I see you are looking well for a corpse,"

"What I want to know is why you have Kakarot's energy within you?" Vegeta demanded.

Shade clears his throat as the food came. He had a rare look of embarrassment adorning his features. "I procured a sample of his blood and fused it to my genetic make-up,"

The rest of the Z warriors looked confused at the explanation. "Procured?" Android 18 inquired.

"Hmph, more like stolen, no doubt due to Kakarot's carelessness," Vegeta deduced.

"But, how did your body assimilate my father's blood without suffering from coagulation?" Gohan asked.

There was a brief silence as everyone stares at Gohan before Shade spoke. "My species is DNA is completely malleable. So the process had no ill effects. I must say that it's surprising your this astute, given your relations,"

"Yep, Gohan is our resident egghead. But, don't worry, he can still kick some flanks like my master," Scootaloo said, dropping an arm over her colt friend.

"Anyway, time to chow down!!!" Goku said, holding a bowl and a pair of chopsticks. All at once, the Saiyan and Shade dove into their meals, devouring anything within reach. Scootaloo did her best to emulate her master while Spike and Ember had no such issues.

Videl's eyes bulged out of her skull. "They ate a full course meal in under two minutes..." The chiefs worked overtime as they carried dish after dish to the kitchen and replaced them with more food.

"These dumplings are delish!" Gohan stated.

"Hey, you should try the fish!" Goku added.

"Hey! Bring me some more egg rolls!" Vegeta stated.

"I require more drumsticks!" Shade orders.

"Good grief! You Saiyans are pigs!" Krillin groaned.

"Saiyans? What are they?" Videl asked, snapping out of her stupor.

Gohan immediately slaps his hands over Krillin's mouth. "Haha, Saiyans? You got to stop making up things, Krillin!"

"Y-Yeah, just ignore me," Krillin said sheepishly.

Looking around the table, Videl noted 18, Crystal, and Piccolo weren't eating as well. "You three didn't order anything?"

"As if I could maintain an appetite watching these gluttons!" Crystal spat in disgust.

18 was resting her head on her hand, watching the scene with a bored expression. "I don't need nutrients anymore. Besides, they're eating enough for all of us,"

"Water is enough for me," Piccolo stated. Videl wanted to inquire but decided against it and ate her meal. As Piccolo went to take a sip, his eyes fell on a pair of fighter staring directly at them. Piccolo arches a brow at them as the shorter remember of the duo casts him a smile. The Namekian warrior didn't know why, but he was getting a deep sense of foreboding from them. Just as he about to stand up, the mysterious duo vanished as the chiefs passed by them.

"Are you alright, Piccolo?" Gohan asks.

"Yeah, you seem nervous," Scootaloo said.

"it's nothing," Piccolo said.


[Twenty minutes later.]


"Whew! That food was the best. If any of us get paired up in the matches, please don't hit me in the gut,"

"So, what strategy should we employ for the preliminaries?" Shade asks.

"Well, if I'm fighting Kakarot, then the first thing I'm going to do is punch him the gut," Vegeta said.

"Oh man, no mercy," Goku whined.

"We usually team up for the prelims because of the multiple fighters. We stick together, thin out the ranks, and meet each other in the finals. Easy," Scootaloo explained.

"If you want to do something so cowardly, then be my guest. I won't need any weaklings distracting me," Vegeta said.

"For once, we agree. Any excuse that allows me to distance myself from you riffraff is a blessing unlike any other!" Crystal stated.

As the group reenters the colosseum, Gohan makes not of something. "Hey, shouldn't Trunks be getting his wish?"

"Oh yeah, well, they decide to give both winners of each division at the same time at the end of the tournament. there was an incident involving the last junior division champion..." Scootaloo said sheepishly.

"How so?" Videl asks.

"Scoots here challenged Celestia to a match. Not only did she lose, but they destroyed most of the ring, and it took forever to repair, haha!" Spike laughed. "She's done this every time since her first win. Five years ago. She called out Twilight. Basically, it was a classic case of brains vs. brawn, and Scootaloo lacks a brain so..."

"S-shut up! The princesses were the only ones strong enough to give me a challenge. I would've fought you, but you ran away to the Dragonlands," At that remark, Spike snorts a plume of smoke.

"There you are!" A new voice said. Our heroes looked up to see Rainbow Dash landing between them. "Having a party without us?"

"Rainbow!" Scootaloo said. "Still trying to win?"

Rainbow puffs her chest out in pride. "You know it. And look who's with me!" Rainbow drapes her around Applejack and, surprisingly, Fluttershy.

"Fluttershy?" Gohan, Scootaloo, and Goku yelled out.

"And Pinkie Pie!!!" Pinkie shouted out, somehow sitting on top of Piccolo's shoulder pads. Piccolo's face held a myriad form of confusion at the pink mare's appearance.

"Professor Fluttershy, are you sure you want to compete?" Videl asks, aware of her teacher's aversion to fighting.

"It not like we have much choice. Rainbow here got us by the horns," Applejack stated.

"Yeah, we're on a dare after a sleepover we had last week," Pinkie said.

Goku approached Fluttershy while putting a hand on her shoulder. The poor mare eyes darted around nervously before she flinches at his touch. "You can stick by one of us if you are not feeling confident. We'll get you through the preliminaries, and you can quit after; sounds good?"

"Oh, that would be great, but I wouldn't want you to do all the work," Fluttershy said softly.

"Oh, come on, Fluttershy. After all the stuff we faced, fighting these bozos should be easy. After all, you faced down a dragon! And the strongest fighters are all right here," Rainbow gestures to the Z warriors. "So, its say to safe to say we're good,"

"Oh, um, I'll try my best," Fluttershy said.

"ALRIGHT FIGHT FANS! IT'S TIME FOR THE PRELIMINARY ROUND FOR THE ADULT DIVISION!" The erupts with newfound excitement. "WE'RE BREAKING RECORDS IN ATTENDANCE THIS TIME AROUND!"

"INDEED WE ARE, MY HUMAN COMPADRE. AND THESE NUMBERS COULD USE SOME THINNING OUT. THE LAST REMAINING THIRTY CONTESTANTS WILL MOVE ON TO THE QUARTERFINALS. WHO WILL CLAIM VICTORY TODAY? LET'S FIND OUT!"

Goku rolls shoulders as he performs some light stretching. "Alright, this should be good,"

"Hey, Spike, are you capable of showing restraint this time?" Scootaloo asks, cracking her knuckles.

"As if these weaklings are worth the effort. But, you should steer clear to prevent any accidents," Spike said.

"Let's form a circle to keep anyone from flanking our sides," Gohan suggests.

"I doubt anyone would be brave enough to attack us, given our scores," 18 said.

"Replace bravery with stupidity," Ember stated.

"Yeah, I saw a couple of people eyeing us beforehand. We might be contending with everyone at once," Krillin said with a small modicum of concern.

All the fighters in the arena got into position, wielding various weapons and magical prowess. The Z warriors their stances as well. However, Vegeta and Crystal made good on their promise and spit from the group. "FIGHTERS! ARE YOU READY?" Everyone roared approval. "BEGIN!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BrdkvrdvOE

The sound of battle cries went off as the fighters charged each other. The skies above quickly occupied the flies as they battled for aerial supremacy. Vegeta darts off into the highest populated section, and bodies are flung around moments later. Crystal casually strolls through the ensuing mayhem with a confident stride. From the corner of her eye, she saw Yamcha in the crowd. He was waving his hand and cheering loudly for her. His cheering turned frantic, however, as a large minotaur swung down at her with a broadsword. Crystal catches the blade with two fingers, much to her enemy's shock. The minotaur began sweating profusely at the wicked gleam in Crystal eyes. Spike flew into the skies, firing multiple blasts at any in his path. Ember covers his back with additional blasts before both dragons spew a torrent of flames from their maws. The skies were ablaze with blue and green flames as the other participates scattered to safety.

On the ground, Shade levitates several pieces of the arena in a circle. Shade waves his hand around as the improvised defense deflected any attacks to his person. Krillin faces off against three opponents. He jumps up and kicks a day guard in the face. As he landed, Krillin dries his elbow into the body of a griffon. Finally, he lands a fierce uppercut onto the night guard. All of his opponents hit the ground. Krillin smirks at a job well done. However, the strongest human missed a buffalo charging straight for him. The enemy never got close as a Ki blast intercepts him. Krillin flinches from the explosion as he looks back to a fallen buffalo and Android 18's smoking appendage. Krillin rubs his head sheepishly while 18 walks away to another approaching group. Goku couldn't keep the smile off his face as wave after wave of enemies challenged him. He looks around o find himself surrounded from every angle. The group of fighters lets out a yell and charge at their assailant. Goku crosses his arms against his chest before extending outward. A shockwave blows away all his foes as Goku wipes his brow. Taking another stance, Goku eagerly awaited the next wave.

"Hold it right there, you ruffians!" Gohan said to four kirin warriors. "You shall not prevail this day! For you are in the presence of the hero of both worlds! The one. The only Great Saiyaman!!!" Gohan finished his speech with his signature heroic pose. The kirin looked at each other for a moment before transforming into Niriks. They open their maws and spit out purple flames, engulfing his body. The Niriks stop their assault only to reel back in shock. Gohan was completely unscathed by their attack. He still held his pose, but his cape was reduced to ashes. "Well now, that was hardly neighborly. Justice Flash Stike!!!" Before the Nirik could react, Gohan flickers behind them, clapping his hands together. There was a moment of silence before the Nirik revert back to Kirin and fall to the ground. Gohan stood straight while bending his left arm around his forehead and his other on his cheek, giving a peace sign.

A sudden rumble beneath Gohan's feet made him look around. He leaps out of as a giant crocodile made of rock came barreling past him with Applejack riding atop of it. "COMIN" THROUGH, PARTNER! YEEHAW!!!" The farm mare held on like a true bull rider as she wrapped her lasso around the beast's mouth and pulled. The crocodile fell to its side as Applejack got to work, binding its legs and tail. The beast morphs back into a changeling as Applejack wipes her brow. "Whew. You were an ornery little critter, but I'm the hogtie champion of Applelossa for nothing," As Applejack says this, the sound of yelling came from her left. She turns to see a group of changelings barreling towards her, only for a blast of confetti to knock them away. Applejack tips her hat to the pink mare sporting a blue cannon. "Much obliged, Pinkie,"

The party pony gave the farm mare a salute while wearing a bright smile. "No problem, Jackie. Now then..." She twirls the party cannon in a circle before it stopped onto another group of fighters. "I can here to give party favors and eat cupcakes. And guess what..." Pinkie pulls out two cupcakes, eating one, and loading the other in her party cannon. "I like to share both!!!" The sound of a wet splat of the cupcake only matched the horrified screams of the contests.

Fluttershy wasn't as cheerful as her friends were in this situation. The timid mare clung to the back of Piccolo's cape as if her life depended on it. Piccolo glances back at the mare, shaking like a leaf on his cape, and sighed. "...Honestly, when did I become a babysitter...?" At that moment, an Abyssian lea[t at the duo, causing Fluttershy to clutch Piccolo tighter and Piccolo to frown at the result. His antenna twitched before two electric bolts shot out. The Abyssian warrior's body spasmed from the current before crumbling to the ground.

"Oh my..." Fluttershy said in concern.

"Don't worry about it," Piccolo dismissed.

"Hey, look, this guy's trying to protect his girlfriend. He won't be able to fight us!" An enemy said. Piccolo let out an annoyed sigh as five dragons approached them.

Fluttershy poked her head out from the Namekian warrior and spoke. "Oh, um, we're not a couple..."

Piccolo groans again as their foes missed a word she said from how softly she spoke. "Didn't that rainbow one said you fought a dragon before?"

"Oh no, it wasn't a fight. I politely and firmly asked him to have some consideration for everyone and take his nap somewhere else," Fluttershy stated.

"Ha. This scared little pony was the one that sent Flare running back to us!"

"As I said, it wasn't exactly like--" Fluttershy started, but the dragon on the left cut her off.

"I always knew he was a loser!" The one second from the left said.

"That isn't very nice--"

"We should visit him after this. He always has the best hoard!" The middle dragon said.

"Yeah, and we can take it for ourselves since he's a pushover," The last dragon on the right said.

"No!" Fluttershy had enough. "You all will do no such thing!" Piccolo arches a brow at the formerly timid mare as she steps in front of the dragons. "Our encounter Flare does not give you the right to steal from him. I'm sure he worked hard for that hoard. How would you feel if somebody stole from you? Being polite and considerate is not a form of weakness! You should all feel shame for even suggesting something so mean and despicable. Now I want you all to apologize and promise you won't hurt Flare in any way!!!"

The dragons were silent for a moment before bursting into laughter. "Oh, my sides hurt!!!" Their laughter continues even as Fluttershy took a step forward. Four of the laughter died down the closer Fluttershy got, leaving one dragon still hunched over.

"Yeah, like we're going to listen to some wimpy little pony..." The last dragon stooped, laughing when he felt a presence barring down on him. All the dragons looked back at Fluttershy and allowed down a lump in their throats. Even Piccolo had to suppress a shudder when he caught the corner of her eyes. The once timid pegasus had managed to cow five dragons with nothing but a stare.

'No, it's not just that. I can feel her Ki surging around them, making her presence far more imposing than usual. This planet's inhabitants sure are interesting," Piccolo thought.

"I want you to promise me that will behave yourselves! Right now!!!" The dragons all nodded ruefully. "Good, now go wait in a corner until the tournament is over!"

Piccolo could only laugh at the absurdity of the whole situation as the dragons retreated to the corner. However, that corner was set squarely out of bounds, and thus the dragons eliminated themselves. "Nicely done," Piccolo stated.

"Indeed, one would not expect such fierceness from a gentle soul," Instantly, Piccolo wiped around to see the mysterious duo standing behind them. They wore similar outfits, but with a different color scheme. The mystery fighter on the left was as tall as Piccolo but appeared to be much older. His wrinkles emphasized his frowning features as he bore a hole into the Namekian and pegasus. The shorter fighter was the complete opposite of his counterpart and wore a soft smile. Piccolo felt that same sense of foreboding coming off the fighter to the right, which told him he was the bigger threat.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH7I5Xg9WK8

The mysterious stranger puts his hand across his belly as he bows. "A pleasure to make you acquaintances. I've been searching for people like you for a while now,"

Piccolo visibly tensed up, whereas Fluttershy relaxed. "Oh, it's nice to meet you too. you're not here to fight us, are you?"

"Well..." The stranger began, folding his arms behind his back. "That is the rules of this tournament, but for the duration of our conversation, there will be no distractions such as fighting,"

It was at that remark that Piccolo notices no one was attacking anymore. Several fights were happening all around them, yet the other contestants seem oblivious to what they were doing. A beat a sweat started to fall from his brow as Fluttershy continues. "Oh, that's a relief. My name is--"

"Fluttershy. Born in Cloudsdale, bearer of the element of kindness, and the only pony to tame a being of chaos,"

The stranger said. Fluttershy recoils as if the stranger dealt her a fatal blow. While her status of being an element was well known, intimate details such as her birthplace and befriending discord was not privy to everyone. "How did you--"

Before Fluttershy could finish, Discord appears in a poof of smoke, conjuring a police barricade, while wearing a royal guard uniform. Despite the comical entrance, the spirit of chaos was a glaring hole into the duo. "That's far enough!" His tone was dark and carried the edge of a thousand knives.

"Discord!?" Fluttershy exclaimed.

"This creature is the chaos spirit?" The tall stranger asked. "He is more unsightly up close,"

"It took longer than I expect for you to find us, Discord," The short fighter said.

Discord merely snarls as his hand alit with chaos magic. "Only because there's been a lot of interference in the mana wavelengths. Something malevolent has entered this plane. But I have a funny inkling that you two could've stayed hidden for as long as you wanted. That tells me you wanted to be found," The short fighter said nothing, but his smile grew ever so slightly.

"Stop!!!" Discord prepared to snap his finger before Piccolo grips his arm. The Namekian warrior's eyes never left the pair. "Tell me; are you the Grand kai?"

"Very perspective. There are only a select few among the mortal realm that knows of the Grand kai's existence. I'd expect nothing less from you, Piccolo," Piccolo let out a grunt of nervousness at that. "However, you are wrong in your assumption. I am not the Grand Kai. I am the Supreme kai, and he is my assistant, Kibito,"

"B-but, why are you here?" Piccolo managed to say through his shock.

"The Supreme Kai's business is his own. He has no reason to explain himself to the likes of mortals," Kibito stated.

"Well, this 'mortal' is to seconds from turning your insides to the outsides!" Discord threatened.

"Enough! You don't know what you're dealing with right now!!!" Piccolo shouted.

Supreme Kai held up his hands to quell the growing tension. "Peace, my friends. As I said before, there will be no fighting. However, Discord, you are correct about one thing. A malevolent force has entered Equestria, and they have been gathering their forces for this very moment," Supreme Kai raises a hand toward two particular fighters across from. "Observe, and please do not interfere,"


Up in the skies, Rainbow shakes her head at Pinkie's randomness. Scootaloo and Videl were on her side as more flyers trailed behind them. "Looks like we have some company on our six, Dash," Scootaloo said.

"You remember that maneuver I showed you before last month's wonder bolt derby?" Rainbow asked.

"The Windy Twister?" Scootaloo asks. Rainbow gives her a sly smile. "Haha, hey Videl, veer off and watch this!"

Videl scoffs at Scootaloo's request. "Just because we're helping each other doesn't mean I take orders from you,"

Scootaloo just shrugs at this. "Alright, just try not to get caught in it,"

With that, Rainbow and Scootaloo began to pick up speed, flying along with the colosseum's opening. Some of the fliers tried to keep pace, but the wind and g force the two pegasi were producing was too great. As a march cone begins to form, Rainbow and Scootaloo exit the momentum and steer it to the other competitors. The maneuver acted like a vacuum, sucking in any that got too close it. After one lap around the airspace, most flyers were all trapped in the wind tunnel. The two pegasi flew up before throwing their attack toward the ground. The wind had dispersed throughout the arena floor and blew away any that was within the blast zone. Our heroes and a few other contestants were able to brace themselves from the furious gust of wind. When it was all over, almost half of the fighters were on the ground groaning from the attack. Rainbow and Scootaloo hovered in the air as they high five each other.

"I'd say we knocked the wind out of them," Rainbow said.

"Yeah, who knew we were such blowhards!" Scootaloo joking as the two laughed. Scootaloo notices Videl hovering toward them with a look of awe on her face. "Hey, Videl, so was that a hundred percent awesome or what?"

Videl shook her head and scoffed as she went to respond. However, she caught sight of a shady figure rapidly approaching them from behind. "Watch out!!!" Reacting quickly, Videl pushes Rainbow and Scootaloo out of the way, only for the brute to tackle her instead.

They hit the ground hard as Videl grunted from the pain and the massive hands against her throat. The compact drew up a dust cloud that obscured their vision, but Videl could hear her assailant shout out. "NOW!!!" There was the sound of rushing clipping and a loud humming sound as the dust cleared away. "I've waited a long time for this-- What?!" The assailant looks down at Videl and looks back up to the sky. His intended targets were batting against the shield his partner created. Videl could now see it was the burly pegasus from the qualifier. "No! Put the shield down!"

"I can't now. You know that!"

"Oh, come on!!!"

That moment of distraction gave Videl some breathing room as she kicks her leg out, connecting with the underside of his muzzle, and freed herself. Videl rolls out of the way while taking her stance. "You're that meathead from earlier. You know it's rude to butt in on other people's conversation!"

"You stupid furless freak! You just had to get in the way!" Rotten Core arose to his full height as he looks back to Scootaloo. The mare was pounding insistently at the barrier between them. "Ha, look at that. She seems to care about you. Maybe this isn't a total botch,"

"Just take her power, and let's go. We gather more than enough energy already!"

Rotten snarls at Spoiled. "Shut up! We had a deal, and if I can't hurt Dodloo one way, this is a good substitute. Besides..." Rotten Core flexed his muscles as he cracks his knuckles. "Some pony's got to teach these uppity apes their place!"

"So you're holding a grudge, and you're specist? I was going to take you down quick you on the champs behalf, but now I might take my time teaching you some manners,"

"Feisty. I like that. Let's beat it out of you!"

episode 21: A Perilous Turn of Events!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - A few minutes earlier - Smolder's POV.]


"Yona! I can walk on my own! You don't have to lug me along like a newborn hatchling," I mean, seriously, I don't want any other dragons seeing me like this.

"She has to hang on. Otherwise, you'll let your nerves get the better of you," Ocellus said.

"...Stupid feeling sensing ability..." It didn't take much longer to find the others. They were all watching the adult file in for their battles now. As we got closer, I could hear Goten talking.

"Are you really going to do it?" Goten said.

"I don't why you're so surprised. You would've done the same thing if you won, that is," Trunks said smugly.

"Golly, fighting both Earth's and Equis champion seems impossible," Cozy Glow uttered.

"Can all the losers don't worrying about the junior division champ?"

"You wouldn't have won if some dragon didn't front stabbed me!" Flurry Heart said while turning to me.

I didn't realize I was standing behind Yona the whole time. As I looked at everyone, Gallus turns away from me as I thought he would. I wouldn't want to be near myself either. I rubbed my arm as every creature was staring at me. I hate being the center of attention. But, I figured saying sorry was easier than pulling scales, so here goes something. "I..." Come on, say it. "I w-wanted to say..." What's wrong with me?! It's just two little words! I open my mouth again; only this time, I felt a sharp pain in my tail. "I'm SORRY!!!"

"There, that wasn't so hard!" Ocellus said with an innocent smile.

"Thanks, Ocellus!" I growled at her. Turning back to everyone present, I knew I had to say more. "Look, I was wrong. I wasn't trying to hurt you - any of you - I tried to end my fights as quickly as possible. But, I still ended up going too far. I hurt my friends for a stupid reason, like winning. But, it's not worth abandoning the friendships I made..." None of them said anything as Silverstream came up to me. I couldn't get a read on her; she just kept staring at me. This silence was annoying. I almost turned away, convinced they wanted nothing to do with me before Sliverpounce, and pulled me into a hug. "Wha-"

"I thought I was the only one! The only reason I kept fighting was that I didn't want to disappoint the hippogriffs. I didn't even consider that I would hurt my friends. I just cracked under pressure," Silverstream said.

"It's not the same thing..."

"Then, what was it?" I heard Gallus ask. At least he still wants to talk. "Feeling the pressure is hardly an excuse for the stuff you pulled!"

"What do you want from me? I said I was sorry!" I snapped, but I felt bad right after. Walking to the rail, we saw that the fighting had started. I was only focused on the Dragonlord and her consort. All anyone could see were flashes of blue and green fire. "Truth is that I did feel the pressure. You could say my teacher had certain tests for me that only a "true dragon" could do. I know dragons are standoffish toward other species. But, that's not what I want anymore,"

"Yona is confused. Smolder is sad because of her teacher? But, teachers help us,"

"Yeah, well, I think my teacher miss the memo on that,"

"I still don't get it," Goten said.

"I think those two dragons she was with turned out to be a jerk or something," Trunks said.

"That's not true! Uncle Spike wouldn't do that!" The princess said. Right as she said that, a roar got our attention. We looked toward the sky to see Spike and Ember clearing out the fighters in the skies. You could tell my master was more aggressive in his takedowns. We saw a griffin take a swipe at Spike. But he leans back and punches down on the wing joints. Pretty much everyone with wings winced at that. Instead of letting the sorry griffin fall, Spike's hand grips at the throat and tosses his enemy into an incoming flock. "Uncle Spike?"

"Yeah, you're seeing what I always see whenever I train with him,"

"I still don't see what's wrong. Isn't he just fighting?" Goten asks.

"It's the way he's fighting that supposed to be bad. It's hard to tell when his opponents are so weak," Trunks said.

"If he's the problem, then make like a canary and sing to the head mare," Gallus said.

I saw the princess slump at that suggestion. "Uncle Spike hasn't been answering any letters we sent him recently,"

"Golly, maybe Spike has changed more than we thought if he is ignoring everypony," Cozy glow stated.

"Well, let's ask him ourselves," Ocellus said.

"That parts already covered. Your dad met up with them," I said to Goten. Looking away from my jerk of a master, I looked at Goten's dad and his group. They all passed that dumb punching test, and they are crazy strong. All the other fighters might as well be hatchlings. Maybe, I don't have anything to worry about anymore. Turning back to Gallus, I saw him staring at me with his arms crossed. "So, are we good?"

He looks at me, then to the others. Everyone seems to be urging him on, but it didn't look like he was in the forgiving mood. "As long as you promise to remember our friendship, then yeah, we're good," He offers his fist, and I bumped mine into him as Silverstream squeaks out like how the ponies sometimes do. "And that you knock some sense into that teacher of yours,"

"Look at them! They make this stuff look easy!" Silverstream said. She wasn't wrong. Hay, even Professor Rainbow, was cracking scales.

"Hey, what are those two ponies doing?" Yona pointed out.

We all looked to the opposite side to see those two stallions from the test fighting. I didn't see the point until I saw them take out this weird weapon that looked like a turkey baser. "What is that thing?" Ocellus asked.

The big stallion slammed a kirin into the dirt, then stabs the weapon into their stomach. "A knife apparently," Trunks said.

"Is that allowed?" Goten asks.

"I don't know, but do you all feel that? Whenever they stab someone with those things, their energy drops," Flurry Heart stated.

"What are those idiots doing!?" Cozy Glow muttered.

"You know them?" I asked.

"N-no, I am saying they are idiots because they look like they are hurting others too much,"

"Oh, no...!" We heard the princess said. "I know what's going on! My dad told me to be on the lookout for some bad ponies! It must be them!"

"Golly! That sounds serious, but we shouldn't jump to conclusions because some ponies play too rough with others," Cozy said. Looking back at the stallons, the bigger one tackled that human girl with Professor Dash and the champ. The smaller than put some shield around them

We all looked unsure about what the heck to do when Flurry Heart shook her head. "We need to tell my aunts about this now!"

Flurry Heart vanished and reappeared in the royals both. I doubt anyone else could tell, but I saw the princesses look worried. "Does this mean the tournaments over?" Goten asked.

"I think it means things got a lot more interesting," Trunks said.


[EAT Arena - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8QAj0wxSW4

"So, what we are looking at, oh Supreme Kai of everything balanced and orderly wants?" Discord asks.

"You do well to show the Supreme Kai respect, Chimera!" Kibito warned. In response, Discord snaps a pale of water above his head and poured chocolate milk onto his person. Kibito's expression remained stone-faced as a shockwave dried him off. "Cute,"

"Discord!" Fluttershy reprimanded.

Ignoring the chaos spirit antics, Supreme Kai points over to where Scootaloo and the others were fighting. "There. Do you see the symbol? That letter is the insignia for Majin, meaning those stallions are under Babdi's thrall. And they are the ones responsible for the disappearances happening of late,"

"Oh, um, Mr. Sumpreme Kai--"

Fluttershy began, ut Supreme Kai politely cut her off. "Just Supreme Kai is fine, dear,"

"Well, it seems like you know a lot about what's been going on in Equis. Why wouldn't you help us if we have the same goal?"

Before Supreme Kai could answer, Discord spoke. "It's Supreme bore here is about as snobby as a Canterlot foal in a flank-kissing contest. He doesn't have time for little problems of mortals,"

"That is where you are wrong, Discord. It's the supreme kai's duty to govern over this entire universe. If he is here right now, it's only because there's a monumental threat to the universe. That includes all of us!" Piccolo stated.

"At least one of you understands the importance of our presence," Kibito said with something vaguely resembling a smile.

"Please, you're just the hired help. He's the big cheese around here," Discord said while eyeing the two. "Supposedly, of course, but you're missing something..." Discord snaps his talon again, and a large slice of cheese appeared on the Kaioshin's head. "There we are; it's perfect!"

This action spark more of a reaction out of Kibito. "Peturalent trickster!"

"It's quite fine, Kibito. I much prefer this magic than that of Babadi's," Supreme Kai removes the cheese and holds it in his hand until it turns into a dove. Fluttershy giggles as the bird hover over her while Discord frowns. "At any rate, Babadi's henchmen are about to act. Again I ask that you do not interfere until I tell you otherwise,"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXgVEUDBmkQ

(Skip to 1:10)


"Hold still!" Rotten Core shouted as he slammed his fist into the ground.

"WHAT A HARROWING PREDICAMENT WE HAVE HERE FOLKS! VIDEL HAS EFFECTIVELY BEEN ISOLATED FROM HER TEAMMATES, AND NOW MUST FACE THIS MONSTER OF A STALLION ALONE! CAN SHE OVERCOME THE ODDS?!"

Videl recovers from her flip as she rushes in, planting her knee against Rotten's face. Rotten stumbles back while shaking his head. Videl closes the distance while bringing her leg down against the stallions' neck. Rotten falls to one knee while gritting his teeth. He tries to grab Videl's extended leg, but she spins around and delivers an elbow in between his eyes. Now blinded, Videl presses her advantage. She struck Rotten's body in several places in rapid succession as Rotten found himself retreating. Throwing a wild punch prove fruitless as Videl ducks underneath and shoulder toss him. Rotten was able to roll through the momentum and stand back up. However, Videl leaps into the air and locks her legs around Rotten's head. She shifts her waist, causing the bulky stallion to flip, and slams his head into the ground. Videl jumps back as the dirt rustles from the impact. Rotten laid sprawled out on the ground as Videl turns and face Spoiled Brat while taking a stance.

"One down, one to go," Videl said confidently.

Spoiled merely smiles at the challenge. "Funny. You get a few lucky hits and think you've won. You're almost as bad as Dodoloo over there,"

"Why do you have to spoil the surprise?" Videl's eyes shot open as she sees rotten Core dusting himself off. All the damage she delt so far seems to have vanished. "I always wondered if you monkeys were tough. It turns out you're even weaker than a newborn foal. What a shocker,' Rotten said sarcastically.

Videl gritted her teeth and charged in again. Rotten snorts out of his nostrils while bringing up his arm. A vicious smack spun Videl on her heels, throwing off her momentum, and staggering her very core. Videl managed to stay upright, only for Rotten Core to plant his hoof into her stomach. Videl felt her arms and legs fold themselves around Rotten's leg before her body flew away from him. Her body rebounded off the barrier as the air left her lungs, causing her to gasp and fall to her knees. She stood back up with trembling legs before coughing up a spurt of blood and clutches her stomach. Rotten Core smile at the damage he inflicted as he stalks towards her. Videl snarls back in defiance as she gets into a runner's position and flies toward her opponent. Rotten smirks and meets her charge. He throws a roundhouse, but Videl flips over the attack and thrusts her leg forward. Rotten allows the kick to connect. Unlike before, He remained unfazed by the blow. Videl's eyes widen as Rotten grabs her leg and slam Videl two times on the ground before throwing her towards Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash. Videl tried to get up, but her breathing was labored, and she spat out blood again.

"Leave her alone, Rotten! This between you and me!!!" Scootaloo shouted.

"Yeah, why don't you drop this shield and fight like a stallion!!!" Rainbow Dash mocked.

"Oh, I'll get to you two. Count on that. But, right now, hurting your pet monkey while you two watch is more fun. I mean, can you blame me? Look at her! It almost hurts to watch. But, not as much as the idea that she can hang with me!" Rotten made a dramatic showing by draping his arm across his head. "I never felt so insulted!"

*WHAM*

A heavy thud from against the shield made Rotten flinch. He looks back to Spoiled, who was now gritting his teeth in concentration. Turning back to Scootaloo, the current EAT champ had a look that could melt a glacier. He also noted a small crack where her fist connected. "You're going to be feeling more than insulted when I'm done...!" Scootaloo promised.

"Hurry it up. We got plenty of energy now. And I'm sick of breathing the same air as that thing," Spoiled said.

"Yeah..." Rotten began, pulling out the Ki absorber. "But, one more wouldn't hurt, even if it is from a weak source,"

*COUGH* "...Shut up...!" video grunted out.

"Hmm? What's that? I can't hear you over how pathetic you sound," Rotten taunted.

"Videl. Stay down! We're coming!" Scootaloo said.

"I said, shut up!!!" In a last-ditch effort, Videl pushes herself off the ground while twisting her body. She threw her leg out and connected with the side of Rotten's head. There was a sickening crack that echoed throughout the arena. As Videl landed, she smiles at the sound of Rotten's body hitting the floor, assuring a knockout blow. "See? That's what you get for underestimating me-- Huh?" Videl took one look at Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash to realize something was wrong. She turned back to rotten Core and gasped at the sight.

"OH MY!!! ROTTEN CORE'S NECK HAS COMPLETELY DID A ONE-EIGHT DEGREE TURN! HE LYING ON THE GROUND MOTIONLESS WITH A PAINED EXPRESSION!"

"I-I NEVER THOUGHT SUCH A TRAGEDY WOULD TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE EAT TOURNAMENT! I AM AFRAID, AS PER THE RULES, THAT I MUST ANNOUNCE VIDEL'S DISQUALIFICATION FOR USING LETHAL FORCE..."

"Is that stallion really dead?"

"Do you even have to ask?! Look at him!"

"Can we really expect anything less from these humans with all the trouble they've caused,"

"Darn it, Videl! What did you do?!" Applebloom asked.

Sweetie Belle and Sliverspoon shielded themselves from the sight as Diamond spoke. "I know we hate them, but..."

"Oh, drake! I didn't know you had it in you, Videl," Spike stated. Ember frowns at Spike's words and the scene before her.

"Well, things just got more interesting," Crystal said, observing the scene while sitting on top of a pile of other fighters.

Videl drowned the audience out. All the noise drowned out as her heartbeat became louder and louder. '...I killed him...' She thought. Even against the worse criminals Hercule city offers, Videl never exerted this much force in her attacks. Why did she do so this time? Did all of Rotten's taunting push her too much? Or did she wanted to prove to herself that she could fight at their level? She didn't have time to ruminate on her internal struggle as a grunt got her attention. Slowly, she turned her head as her eyes grew wider and wider. Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash, along with the entire arena, wore the same expression. Rotten Core's seemingly lifeless body was standing upright once more. His movements were jerky and spastic. Agony racked his features as he grunted in pain, yet his arms slowly went towards his head and begun twisting it. He grunted the entire time as his eyes met with Videl's before stretching his head up to near obscene levels and snapping it back in place.

"Whoof. I got to admit that stings. At least you got rid of that kink in my neck. You should've been a chiropractor. At least that way, you would've had a future," Rotten core said in a deadly tone.

"WHAT A MIRCALOUS TURN OF EVENTS! ROTTEN CORE SET HIS BROKE NECK BACK INTO PLACE!!!"

"WHAT SORT OF BIZARRE TECHNIQUE ALWAYS SOMEONE TO DO SUCH A THING?!"

"No way! That's not possible! What did you do to yourself?! Nothing about this change of yours is natural! Answer me!!!" Scootaloo demanded, but Rotten merely smirks at her. "Videl! Stay away from him!!!"

"It doesn't matter! All this means is that I'm not out of the tournament!!!" Videl said, taking another stance.

"Haha! You honestly don't get it, huh? Tell you what; if you get on the floor and lick my hoof, I promise only to knock you out. Refuse, and I promise you to make you hurt in ways you'd never going to believe!"

"You took the words right out of my mouth!" Videl stated, charging in again despite Scootaloo's protests.

She thrust her right leg into Rotten's muzzle. Rotten stumbled briefly before Videl drove her elbow into his cranium. She landed on the ground and attacked his abdomen with a flurry of punches. Once again, Rotten barely moved, adding to Videl's frustration. Videl shifts her attack to his face again, alternating between punches and kicks, still to minimal effect. Rotten's smirk never left his features as her rears back headbutted his opponent. Videl was instantly thrown off as Rotten grabs her by the head and slammed her into the dirt face first. He picks her back as Videl tried to pry his handoff. However, a shift knee to her face stopped her attempts. Many of the spectators gasp as blood dripped from her nose and mouth. But Rotten wasn't satisfied with this. He cocks back his left arm and thrust it into Videl's stomach, knocking her back toward Scootaloo and Rainbow and forcing her to cough up more blood. Rotten broke into a sprint and kicked Videl into the shield. Following up, he pinned the Earth's champ daughter to with his hand, making sure Scootaloo could see the pain Videl was enduring. Videl weakly tried to free herself, but Roten applied more pressure against the shield, forcing her to scream out.

"AAAH!!!"

"She has a nice pair of lungs, isn't that right, Dodo?" Rotten said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMCttOPkoXo&list=PL3B9C0CBE7596009A&index=11

Amidst Videl's screaming, tears began to spill from her eyes as Scootaloo's aura erupted. "YOU'RE GOING TO PAY!!!" The force of her Ki was like the gale of a hurricane, blowing Rainbow Dash skyward as the prismatic mare tried to recover. Meanwhile, Scootaloo's KI forms around her hand as she cocks it back. At the same time, Rotten tosses Videl to the side and pulls out the Ki absorb again. Scootaloo's fist connects, and the dome separating them collapses instantly. Spoiled Brat falls to the ground while Rotten shields himself. Scootaloo stared daggers into Rotten's soul as the stallion felt a chill go up to his spine for a moment. Scootaloo didn't waste any more time and shot after Rotten like a cannonball. Rotten met her charge with the point of his Ki absorber aimed for the EAT champ's body.

In the background, the Supreme Kai raises his hands. "Here we go! HAAAA!!!"

Scootaloo suddenly froze mid-stride as her body locked up. "Wha-"

"I got you!!!" Rotten proclaimed, jabbing the point into Scootaloo's abdomen.

Pain shot through Scootaloo's being like millions of insects stinging at her body. She tried to struggle, but Spoiled Brat appears behind her and restrains her head. "Having fun, Dodo?"

A bright light emitted from the device as the pain intensified. "AAAH!!!"

Scootaloo's cries gained the attention of the other z warriors, especially Gohan's. "Scoots? Scootaloo!!!" However, before he could get closer, the same binding force stopped him in his tracks as well. "I can't move!!!"

"Gohan? What's happening?" Goku asked. However, Goku felt the same force restricting his movements. Looking around, he saw that most of his friends and the remaining competitors were struggling to move as well.

'I forbid you all from taking any actions!' Supreme Kai commanded telepathically.

'Are you crazy?! They're killing her!!!' Gohan shouted back.

'Who the heck are you anyway!?" Krillin asked.

'I am the Supreme Kai. I will explain more once the process is complete,"

"You can't just expect us to do nothing!!!" Fluttershy exclaimed. Before she could go further, Piccolo holds her back as well. "Piccolo. Let me go! Please!"

"...Sorry for this..." Piccolo said, much to Fluttershy's shock.

"Discord! Do something!!!"

Discord weighed his options as he served the scene before him. "Hang on, Scoots!!!" Everyone turned to see Scootaloo's herd mates and the elements rushing down into the arena floor. The four princesses were also present as they flew in with several royal guards in tow. In response to this, Supreme Kai glances over to Kibito, who nods in response. Raising his hand like his master, Kibito forms a transparent barrier around the arena. He looks over to Discord as if daring the spirit of chaos to defy them. With a sigh of defeat, Discord wraps Fluttershy in a comforting hug while taking over for Piccolo.

"AAAAARGH!!!!!!!" Scootaloo screams out again. Her aura evaporating as more of her energy is stolen away.

"SCOOTALOO!!!" Gohan hollers in dismay. Gohan watched as Scootaloo's screams died down.

The normally vibrant purple pupils started to dim and fade away. All the while, her two captors laugh. "Wow. That's some colt friend you got, Dodo. Too much of a chicken to save you!" Rotten taunted.

"A dodo and a chicken. They're made for each other!" Spoiled added.

"HAAA!!!!" Gohan ascends to his Super Saiyan form and fond his bindings loosened slightly. "...Need! More! Power! HAAAAAA!!!" Electricity danced around Gohan's form as he ascends again. However, despite this increase in power, Gohan was only able to take shaky steps at best. Sadly, it was all for naught as the Supreme Kai increased is hold on Gohan.

The light from the device increased to its zenith as a dome of light shrouded the area. The light faded away as the Ki absorber glowed like a night light. Scootaloo had passed out as Spoiled unceremoniously drops her. 'Well, well. We got enough power and then some," Rotten Core said.

To add insult to injury, Spoiled grinds his oof on Scootaloo's head. "Thanks for the donation, Dodo,"

"Let. Her. Go!!!" Both stallions turned their attention to Videl, who, despite her injuries, was standing on her feet. However, she hardly fit to continue fighting as she could barely hold herself up.

"Seriously? You, humans, are harder to squash than parasites. Luckily, I have an answer..." Rotten said, rearing back his leg and kick Scootaloo into Videl. In her weakened state, Videl could do little to stop Scootaloo's flight as they both skidded across the ground. "Wow, that was better than theory,"

"Yes, but it looks like we're surrounded by the princesses and their stooges," Spoiled stated.

"Who cares,"

Finally satisfied, Rotten and Spoiled take to the skies. However, the princesses were waiting for them. "That's far enough!" Twilight said sternly. Unbeknownst to either group, Kibito drops the shield.

"Uh, oh. The princess of friendship wants to give us a lecture," Rotten taunted.

"You both will get forty lashes and imprisonment for your transgressions!!" Luna threatened.

"Maybe, you'll give us a cozy cell in your old him," Spoiled said, causing Luna to cowl.

"You two have nowhere to go. Surrender peacefully!" Cadence stated, only for both Rotten and Spoiled to laugh in response.

"It's funny how you all think you got us in a bind. You don't even realize you're not on top anymore," Roten stated.

The princesses seem confused by that remark. "You both are rather confident in your abilities. Tell me; how do you plan on leaving unscathed?" Celestia inquired.

At that moment, Cozy Glow and the exchange students were hovering in the background, watching the events unfold. Rotten and Spoiled smiled at each other before vanishing from sight.

"Ah!!!" Coxy Glow screamed. Rotten Core held the filly in a headlock as they grinned evilly at the assembled crowd.

"No!" Celestia exclaimed.

"To answer your question, Princess Sunbutt, a hostage usually make others very cooperative," Spoiled said.

"Try and play the hero, and this filly gets it!" Rotten stated. With that said, they both flew off into the distance.

"AFTER THEM!!!" Luna commanded. However, Supreme Kai and Kibito appeared before them.

"Forgive the intrusion, but I must ask that you reframe from this action. We cannot waste this opportunity," Supreme Kai said.

episode 22: The Race is on, Find Babidi!!!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity is struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ASEuPwLlE

"You all must allow those stallions to gain some distance. This phase of my plan is very crucial, and the window for success is small," Supreme Kai said to the gathered crowd. Everyone was on guard as they stared down the supreme Kaioshin. Glancing over to the right, several medical officials were tending to Videl and Scootaloo. Videl was given a Senzu bean and was soon back to her feet, yet she wore a forlorn expression. She couldn't do anything as Scootaloo herd mates tried to rouse her.

"Scoots! Please wake Scoots!" Sweetie Belle pleaded, shaking her long time friend with no results.

"Can't Ya help her!?" Applebloom demanded.

"Videl will be fine. Scootaloo's case is a bizarre one. There is no physical damage, but it is like she had the life sucked out of her," A medical personnel said.

"Then maybe she needs a Ki transfusion. It can't be that much different from a magic transfusion," Starlight said.

"None of us has ever performed a Ki transfusion!" Twilight stated. "It's completely new territory. If we miscalculate, we could blow her up!"

"Oh, you mean she'll pop like a balloon, or is it more like confetti?" Pinkie asked.

"Now's ain't the time, Pinkie!" Applejack scolded.

Gohan stood there, feeling helpless at the current situation. Diamond Tiara and Silverspoon went comfort him, but Gohan barely acknowledged them. "This is my fault! I should've come sooner...!"

"It was obvious those two plot heads would try something. They knew that they couldn't take Scoots without cheating!" Diamond said.

"It's not your fault Gohan," Sliverspoon comforted.

Gohan casts a somber look at the two sugar lumps glancing over toward the Supreme Kai and Kibito. His anger flares anew as he marches over to them. "Maybe, But I have a good idea who is to blame! Hey!"

Supreme Kai and Kibito saw Gohan's approach as Kibito steps slightly forward. "That is far enough!" Kibito said.

"Then I strongly advise you to start talking! Was it you that stopped me from helping Scootaloo and Videl?!"

"It was," Supreme kai answered truthfully.

Gohan didn't know what made him angrier, the admission, or the nonchalant tone it carried. "You stupid flank head! You're working with them, aren't you!?" Rainbow stated, charging at the two. However, a giant fly strip appeared in her path and wrapped around the prismatic pegasus. "What the-- Discord!!!"

"Now, don't get me wrong, Rainbow. I love your brand of irrational brashiness as the next creature, but you won't help little Scootaloo by picking a fight with someone bigger than you,"

"You mean that shrimp!?" Rainbow said indignantly.

"Master. Are you sure we should involve these mortals? The blatant disrespect and ignorance have become grating," Kibito said, ignoring the scowls from the others.

"You speak as if you are our betters! Then please enlighten us as to why we should refrain from mounting your heads on a pike!" In threatened.

"Then, will a gesture of goodwill suffice? Kibito. Please heal young Scootaloo. We will need her help in this endeavor," Supreme Kai said.

Gohan took an aggressive step forward before Piccolo stops him. "Let him pass, Gohan. I promise nothing else is going to happen to her,"

"You appear to have Discord and Piccolo sufficiently cowed. That is no easy feat. Who are you?" Celestia asked.

"I am the Supreme Kai--"

"Supreme Kai! You mean you have the same standing as King Kai!?" Twilight exclaimed.

"The Supreme Kai stands above all other Kaioshins," Kibito said with his hand over Scootaloo's stomach. He began funneling his Ki into her body.

Everyone looked at the mystery fighter with new reverence. "Whoa. King Kai never told me that there was a Supreme Kai!" Goku said with surprise.

"For good reason, I assure you, but that explanation will have to wait. I need a small group of the strongest fighters to accompany me. Those two stallions will head straight to Babidi's lair. He is an evil wizard and the source of all the misfortune that has befallen your world,"

Goku folds his arms being his head. "So some guy named Babidi is up to no good, huh?" A smile slowly made its way on Goku's face. "Sounds like this day just got more exciting!"

"Now hold for one second!!!' Vegeta said, narrowing his eyes at Goku. "The whole reason I came back to his mudball of a planet was to face you in combat. You're only here for a day, and I won't suffer any distraction!!!"

"You won't suffer distractions?" Crystal said indignantly. "You think I want to waste my day chasing Equestria's new villain of the week!"

Goku waves off their concerns. "Come on, guys. It'll be fun. Besides, we'll be done a lot faster if the strongest of us goes after Babadi,"

"Welp, I'm sold. Anything besides standing here works for me," Spike shrugs.

"I will help you as well," Shade said, putting distance between himself and the princesses.

"I'll catch up once I know Scootaloo is alright," Gohan said. Goku gives his son a thumbs up.

"Good. However, the rest must stay behind. The people are getting restless. Please inform them that everything is fine and continue with the tournament as planned," Supreme Kai instructed.

Celestia narrows her eyes at the supreme Kia. "Twilight. I will need you and your friends to assist with the other contestants. I assume whatever those two stallions did to Scootaloo happen to the others here as well. Cadence, Luna, and I will do our best to calm the other rulers," Celestia looks back to the Supreme Kai. "You won't mind your assistant aiding in this endeavor?"

"Not at all, but only after Babidi's defeat is certain. For now, only Scootaloo needs immediate attention,"

"You can count on us, Princess Celestia. I need to check the spell work for our warning system and see why it didn't alert us," Twilight said.

"18, and I can stay behind. Just in case more of Babadi's goons are still hiding," Krillin stated.

"I'll stay behind until Scootaloo is ready to move," Piccolo said, earning a nod from Gohan.

"Then we shall take our leave," Supreme Kai He hovers in the air as Goku, Spike, and Ember joins him. Vegeta and Shade follow suit, with Crystal scoffing before taking to the sky as well. A moment later, they all shot off in the direction of Rotten and Spoiled.


[Cozy Glow POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8jX1Uvevz4

I was squirming and wiggling in this stupid stallion's grip, trying to get their attention. "HEY!!!" The stupid wind kept blowing my locks all over the place. It's hard to talk over the whooshing of the air. But then I had a good idea to make them stop.

"I opened my mouth and bit down hard. "OUCH!!!" That got them both to stop as I got loose and wiped the taste from my tongue. "You annoying little brat!!!" Rotten said.

"If I'm annoying, then you're both idiots! Do you know what you did!?" I said.

"We got the energy the master wanted and got some payback on the dodo!"

"It should be more than enough for whatever scheme the master wants to do," Spoiled added.

"Oh golly, I guess everything is hunky-dory. We got the stolen energy, and the master will be so grateful for all our hard work," I said sweetly. "It sure was a good thing I messed with the alert spell Princess Twilight set up. They would've never known you were there for other reasons. And with all the fighting, no pony would suspect any wrongdoings. We could've slipped away under every ponies snout. Oh, wait, that's exactly what didn't happen!!!"

"So? We got away, didn't we?" Rotten said. "We even made it so that your cover wasn't blown,"

"Yeah, I doubt they'll come after us with our 'hostage,'" Spoiled stated proudly.

"Then why are they creeping up behind us?" As I pointed out the obvious, these two mud trotters looked nervous. "You two dopes are leading them right to our secret base!"

"Oh. Come off it. Do you honestly think the princesses and their stooges can hang with us?" Rotten laughed.

I pinched my nose at how dumb these two were being. "Let's just head to the decoy point, and Master Babadi can explain it to you two dopes!" Honestly, why are the burly ones are always the meatheads?


[Supreme Kai's group - Third Person POV.]


"So, what can you tell us about this Babidi guy?" Goku asked.

"He is a plague that has found his way to this world. Arrogant, malicious, and wildly ambitious," Supreme Kai stated.

"So another run-of-the-mill villain of the week that wants power. He'll fit right in with all the Nightmare Moon's and Sombra's we beat down," Spike said, noticing the frown coming off Shade's face.

"You're assumption is far too small. Babidi will never be content with ruling a single planet. He seeks to bring the entire universe under his control. However, his desires were born from a previous life,"

"It sounds as if you tangled with him more than once," Ember inquires.

"Indeed, I have. You see, Babidi was once known as Bibidi, the terrible wizard. We met in open conflict millions of years ago when the universe was still young. I slew him back then; however, he managed to clone himself a body and has since laid low,"

"If you already dealt with him, then why do you need our help?" Shade asks.

"Babidi's strength lies, not with his physique, rather his magical prowess. He can reach into the souls of any person and draw out the wickedness in their hearts-- effectively, making them his slaves," At that remark, Crystal and shade stifled a shudder while the likes of Vegeta scoffs at the notion. However, Goku cast a sideways glance at his pupil and noted Ember was doing the same. "He has already done so with the likes of those two stallions and Dabura,"

"Dabura?" Goku asked.

"The ruler of the demon realm. But fear not, if you are pure of heart and strong of mind, his magic will have no sway over you,"

"If you face this wizard before, wouldn't he be aware of your presence here?" Crystal asked.

"Doubtful. Kibito and I hid our presence well. However, that doe not mean we can lower our guard,"

"So it is obvious that he is here to build a force strong enough for your next encounter," Shade summarized.

"In part, yes, this world's magical potential is unlike any I've encountered. It was supposed to remain a secret so that monsters like Babidi could not abuse it. However, a certain visitor from the stars disrupted the shielding around this planet,"

"Wait, you mean me?!" Goku asked. Supreme kai nodded. "I guess that's why King Kai seemed so secretive about Equis,"

Spike couldn't help but chuckle at the news. "So one visit from Goku and our whole world becomes an evil alien tourist trap? Haha, thanks, master,"

"I know a few individuals he would like to add to his ranks. Perhaps we should alert the princesses?" Shade asks.

"No, the princesses are not Babidi's target," Supreme said.

"You're referring to what they did to that little welp at the tournament? I must say what insidious little toys this Babadi commands~," Crytal commented.

"Yes, the key to Babidi's ultimate goal is using the stolen energy to revive Majin Buu!" Everyone took note of her dark Supreme Kai's tone became.

"And he's the big bad we have to stop?" Spike asks.

"No. Under no circumstances will any of you face this creature. Majin Buu is a creature of Bibidi's design. A heartless monster of unimaginable power. Destruction is all it knows as countless lives fell to him. It did not matter what was in Buu's path. Everything from cities, civilizations, and planets were annihilated!!!" Supreme Kai took a calming breath as he continued. "It took the aid of my master and the supreme Kai's of the south, west, east to seal that monster away finally. I was the only one to survive..."

The silence was palpable among the group of warriors. 'It sounds like this Buu character would've made a decent Saiyan,' Vegeta thought.

"I assure, Vegeta. Majin Buu would've destroyed the Saiyan race if they were around at the time,"

'Ah! Why didn't anyone tell me he could read minds?'

"Our only hope to spare the universe from Majin Buu is to prevent his resurrection!"

"And you thought the best way to do that was to let them suck the energy they needed to wake this monster up!?" Ember pressed.

"The energy they have now should be insufficient. We still have time to end Babadi's madness," As the chatter died down, Supreme lead the Z warriors into a chasm with tall rock pillars.



"They're here at Hill Top?" Spike asked. "It's the edge of Equestria. There's nothing but a big crevice that goes on for miles with stone pillars and boulders. Nothing comes through here,"

"Which makes it the ideal location for Babidi's ship. Look there," Supreme Kai point to the opening in the chasm as Rotten and Spoiled entered a cave.

The Z warriors laned at the cave entrance and walked inside. There, the two stallions were facing them with the filly still trapped in Rotten's arms. The stallions stood over a circular platform that had lines wrapping around a blue circle in the center. They leered at our heroes with wide grins as the fill watches on in panic. Supreme narrows his eyes as Goku steps forward. "Let her go now and surrender!" Goku said.

"..."

"Hey, uh, didn't you hear me?"

"No, this is all wrong," Supreme said in a surprised tone.

"They're illusions," Shade said, waving his hand to spell the images.

"But how? I can still feel their Ki," Ember said.

Supreme Kai clenched his fists tightly as he spoke with a growl. "We've been deceived! Babidi's magic has grown more powerful than I anticipated..."

Vegeta growled as he marched up to the Supreme Kai. "You mean to tell me that we've been sent on a wild goose chase? they ought to revoke your title! 'Supreme Kai,' more like a supreme joke!"

"Trust me; the whole universe is in that joke," A new voice echoed from within the cave. Suddenly, magic particles shifted above the platform to form a new image.

"Gah! What is that ghastly little thing?!" Crystal shrieks.

"It's like looking at one of my father's boils when he had a late shredding season," Ember said as Spike gagged.

"This is your 'terrible wizard?' From the way you spoke of him, I was expecting something taller—my how the standards have dropped since your time, Kai," Vegeta said.

Goku rubs the back of his head in confusion. "Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, Vegeta,"

"...Babidi...!" Supreme Kai seethed.

"Supreme Kai," Babidi answered tersely.

"I see you are up to your usual tricks and hiding away like a coward!"

"And I see you are still slow on the uptake. You don't realize I won this game between us a long time ago," Babidi laughs. "Honestly, what do you hope to accomplish with your little pawns here?"

Many of the Z fighters appeared offended at that remark, but the supreme Kaishin continued. "Taunt us all you wish, but your little ruse proves to me that you are afraid. As you should be because I will not relent until the universe is free from your disgusting existence!"

"Empty words and hollow threats don't scare me, kai! I am certain the forces I have now can crush you into oblivion. But I much rather see that smug look morph in abject terror when you gaze upon my deadliest creation! Until then, we will meet at my convenience,"

Just then, Spike pounces on the platform while digging his claws into it. "I hope you don't mind if I let myself in on my convenience!"

"Oh? What an assuming prospect. You certainly keep an interesting company, Supreme Kai. However, I grow bored of these antics, and I must deposit my recent acquisition to Majin Buu's revival..." Babidi levels both of his hands while fiddling his fingers. "A-BADABA-PAH!!!!"

An illuminating light erupts from the circle, blowing Spike back and blinding the others as they shielded themselves. Once the light died down, the platform was gone. "Well, I'd say that little imp has gotten the best of you," Crystal stated.

"Haven't you learned to curb that tongue of yours by now?' Shade scolded.

"Hardly, fanning the flames of ineptitude is a favored pastime,"

"I care not for you barbs," Supreme Kai said in a low tone.

"And I don't care for being thrown around like a ragdoll, but it looks like neither of us is getting what we want!" Spike said as he stood back up. "Are you sure you were the one that killed this guy before?"

"Spike, that's enough!" Ember order. Both dragons narrow their eyes at each other before Spike shrugs it off.

"I hate to say it, but Babadi got the leg up on all of us. Right now, we need to head back to Twilight and let her figure something out," Goku said.

"You want to involve that little welp!" Crystal hissed.

Goku merely smiles in response. "No one knows magic as she does. She's our best bet right now,"

"She does have an impressive track record if her bouts with us are anything to note," Shade added as Crystal grumbles.

"I had hoped to keep the inhabitants of this planet out of this. They are not ready for evil, such as Babadi's. But, we have little choice if w want to catch him," Supreme Kai supported.

"Hmph! That pony girl better deliver, Kakarot! I won't be made a fool of by some pint-sized wart!" Veget said tersely.


[Babidi's Ship.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6H-EQK7C1Y

Babidi moves away from his crystal ball with a frown upon his face. "...Blasted meddling Kai...!" Babidi walks out the room to find Dabura, Cozy Glow, Rotten, and Spoiled with the Ki absorber in hand. The sight of the glowing device sweetens Babadi's souring mood. "Wonderful, at least something good came out of this day," Babadi took the device and began walking through the halls.

"Did you like my idea to throw them off?" Cozy Glow asked sweetly.

"Yes, a rare stroke of genius from my minions. Especially when you make up the incompetence of their lackeys," Babidi narrows his eyes on the two stallions behind him. "Have either of you grasp how much you jeopardized our cause?"

"W-we got the energy you want from all the fighters at that stupid tournament," Rotten said.

"Y-yeah, we did as you asked. How did we mess up?!" Spoiled said.

"The fact that you'd ask such a question when the answer is obvious just prove you impotence," Dabura said. The group enters another chamber with a large fleshy ball at the center. It sat slightly elevated on a small bottom with a dial on it. Dr. Gera was present typing on a tablet as well as a new warrior.



"I instructed you both to participate in that tournament to steal all the energy from the fighters..." Babidi stabs the device into the ball as the process started. "From what I've seen, you both were more interested in that little pegasus and your petty revenge than my vision. You better hope the energy we have is sufficient," The dials' arrow instant came to life as it moves from its natural position. "That's it? A measly thirty percent from all those fighters? You morons dare risk my operation for such a meager turnout! It seems your usefulness has run out! Pui-Pui!!!"

"At once, Master Babidi," Pui-Pi said, leveling his hand toward the two panicking stallions.

"Wait, master!!!" Rotten pleaded.

"W-we can get more! We promise!!!" Spoiled pleaded as well.

"Hmm, who was it you got this energy from again?" Gera asks.

"What does it matter?" Babidi said in an irritated tone as he began to summon his magic.

"From what you told me, you've been stationed here for seven years with subpar results,"

"Is there a point to this inquiry?"

"You've been here for seven years, and yet these two were able to fill over a quarter of energy to Majin Buu's revival in one evening. If I had to guess, you got this energy from one of Gohan's party?"

"Y-yeah, it was Dodooloo! The current champion!" Rotten said quickly.

"Then the answer to your energy dilemma is simple; bring the Supreme Kai here, and he will bring the energy you need,"

Babidi rubs his grin before a smile slowly begins to grow. "Hmm, yes, yes! Why rummage the globe for scraps when the kai can hand deliver quality energy personally. It's brilliant!"

"Golly, Master Babidi, doesn't seem risky bringing them to the ship. They could ruin everything!" Cozy Glow said with a glare aimed at Gera.

"With the fighters at Master Babidi's disposal, there is no need to fear anything. However, there is an issue that might ruin all your careful planning," Gera said.

"And that is? I fail to see anything on this plant that can cause us an issue," Dabura stated.

"The Tree of Harmony. In the convinces of a cave within the Everfree forest lies the Tree of Harmony. Its purpose is to house the Elements of Harmony. Magical artifacts that can put more than a little damper on reviving Majin Buu,"

"You honestly believe those little trinkets pose a threat?" Pui-Pui laughed at the option.

"You came to this world because of its magical potency. The elements from my research have stopped some of the greatest threats to Equestria and Equis at large. Should we leave such weapons in enemy hands?" The room grew quiet as Gera finished. "Destroying them will most certainly draw their attention to us,"

"But, you can't just destroy the elements! Uh, can you?" Spoiled asked.

"You both will be the first to test that theory if you value your lives! Dabura will accompany you both to make sure things go smoothly. Now go!"

"As you command, Master Babidi," Dabura said with a bow before leaving the room. Rotten Core and Spoiled Brat quickly stumbled after him.

Babidi folds his arms behind his back as he turns back to Buu's ball. "You better be correct about this. Otherwise, you'll join those two in the afterlife,"

Instead of being cowed, Gera just smiles. "Trust me, Master, Majin Buu's revival is something I won't jeopardize,"


[Everfree Forest - Cavern of the Tree of Harmony.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFJdCIYeY4I

Rotten spits some leaves as Spoiled wipes away some pebbles from a Cragodile encounter. "I. Hate. This Forest!" Rotten said.

"Tell me about it. Killer vines, crocodiles, made of rocks! Who needs this place! I'd say we torch it!" Spoiled added.

"I am more amazed you two can accomplish anything with how much you complain. Now silence, we have work to do..." Dabura said. The trio stood before a large tree, far bigger than any they came across on the way over. However, this tree was unique. Where there was supposed to be bark, was only a crystalline structure. It was bare of any leaves and foliage. The only thing that rested on the branches was five gemstones with six at the trunk base. The entire cavern was kept lit by the humming glow of the tree itself. The magic in the air was making his skin crawl. The demon king suspected this wouldn't be an easy task. "You. Go and retrieve one of those gems!"

Rotten gaveDabura a puzzled looked before complying. "I thought we were here to destroy this tree, not-- Waah!!" The moment Rotten got within distance of the tree, it sent out a pulse that pushed the stallion backward. He lands harshly near the mouth of the cavern.

Dabura smirks, never taking his eyes off the tree. "So it does have defenses, as I expected. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. We have previously sent scouts once our scanners picked up on the tree's magical signature. But, between this deadly forest and the apparent safeguards the tree itself, we never saw those scouts return,"

"You do not belong here...!" A new voice said. Moments later, particles of light gathered in front of the star-shaped gemstone, taking the form of Princess Twilight.

"Interesting. Using the form of the element of magic as an avatar, how quaint," Dabura said with a measure of mirth. "As for our being here, master Babadi has ordered our destruction.

The transparent Twilight frowns. "You and your master are a blight upon all things peaceful and harmonic. Begone!!!"

Suddenly, the cavern became distorted. Dabura's eyes shifted back and forth while Rotten and Spoiler were on edge. Rotten's head was on a swivel until he felt something crawling on his legs. He looks down, and gasps in horror as hundreds of spiders began their ascent on his body. Spoiled notices his friend's plight and tries to help. However, vines sprouted from the ground and wrapped around his body. Dabura did nothing as the same afflictions befell him as well. The demon king chuckles as the vines and spiders encase his head. But, a simple flex of his power was enough to destroy all the threats. The room shifted back to normal as the two stallions got their barrings. The transparent Twilight frowns at Dabura's display of strength.

"Amusing little parlor tricks. They may work against the weak-mind, but not me," Dabura said.

"You speak of being strong of mind, yet even I can see that you are a slave,"

"Why waste my breath discussing finding a higher purpose to an entity that will cease to exist!"

"No matter what you do, peace and harmony will not end with my destruction!"

"Interesting. Let's test that theory!"

Dabura held out his left hand as a blade appears. He flickers to the element resembling an apple before slicing his sword through it. The transparent Twilight grunts as her image flicker briefly. She thrust her arms out as several crystal spikes launched from the tree. However, Spoiled and Rotten counter with a barrage of Ki blast, destroying the spikes instantly. Daburasmiles devilishly as he appears before the elements of kindness and generosity. With slick motions of his blade, the two gems shattered into pieces. The image of Twilight grunted in pain while falling to a knee. Dabura uses his free hand to destroy the elements of loyalty and laughter with two Ki blasts before landing in front of the last element. The element of magic.

"No!" T. Twilight said as the remaining branches lunged at the demon king like a cobra.

Dabura sends one last sadistic smirk at the construct mare before gathering his Ki in his free hand and unleashing it upon the element and the tree. A bright red beam shot out from the back of the cavern as the tree of harmony shattered like glass. The transparent Twilight image flicked wildly as it laid on the ground. The light of the shattered elements faded away as the illusion of Twilight disperse into specks that rained down the destroyed cave. To add insult to injury, Dabura made one last statement and stomped on the broken remains of the element of magic. Satisfied, he turns back to his two allies.

"Well, it seems you two weren't completely useless,"

"Obviously," Rotten said proudly.

"That tree didn't stand a chance. Uh, now what?" Spoiled asked.

"Now, we wait," Dabura said.

episode 23: In the Belly of the Beast!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity is struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - A few minutes earlier - Luna's POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kkcuDnPpmI&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=3

The one known as Kibito had finished his task healed young Scootaloo. Once she was up, my sister inquired more about this Babadi wizard. Naturally, we didn't like what we heard. How could such a malcontent figure breach our planet without our knowing? It speaks to this Babadi's skill in magic and inferiority in ours. But, I held a certain degree of skepticism, especially regarding this Supreme Kai's plan to find Babadi. Has he considered the risk? What good could from intentionally adding in Babadi's objective? And how can he so freely gamble with innocent lives? I speak for many of us here that the Supreme shall receive a tongue lashing he shan't soon forget! But that comes later. The tournament is in disarray. Thankfully, my sister claimed the audience, preventing any widespread confusion and panic. Cadence was discussing with the other world leaders, which task me to deal with the fighters and a certainly irritating champion of the Earth. Somehow, I feel cheated.

"Hey, what kind of tournament are you running here?! My baby girl was practically tortured out here! Where is your rule book?" Hercule stated.

"Rest assured, champion of Earth, the situation is being handled--"

"You call all this standing around handling the situation?!"

I paused for a moment and looked at the fool who had the audacity to curb my speech. My wings flared outward as I spoke. "Curb mine tongue again, and we shall test thine mettle against my own. Welp!" The champion of Earth was rightly cowed. While the old tongue has faded from modern times, it is good for striking fear in others. And the champion of Earth was delightfully cowed.

"Dad! I'm fine. You know this tournament has the best medicine. Internal bleeding is a thing of the past now," Young Videl said.

"Uh, yes, but that doesn't give the psychos a reason to act out their sick fantasy. Obviously, those group of fighters was up to no good," Hercule said, clearing his throat.

Loyalty leans into Genersoirty's ears. "This guy's worst than Blueblood..."

"He's a close second, darling," Rarity said.

"In case you weren't paying attention, the princess sent those group of fighters after those creeps," Scootaloo said.

"Hmph, you know, I expected more from you. But that performance was disappointing. You should've known that being the champ puts a target n your back. But you wanted to overcompensate and compete in the preliminaries. Treat this recent mishap as a lesson for the dangers of hubris. It's unbecoming of a champion," Hercule said, crossing his arms and nodding his head.

Young Scootaloo appeared frozen like a statue. Her only movement came from her eyes that twitch at a rapid pace. Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle thankfully pulled their friend away. "The Earth champion does raise a good point," Iron Hoof stated, only for Scootaloo to whirl back toward the minotaur king. "He is right about those two stallions. they were clearly not here for the tournament,"

"What do you suggest we do, father?" Cloven Hoof asks.

Iron Hoof hefted his big weapon on his shoulder. "Fear not, son. We saw the ambassador leave. I suspect the matter will end shortly,"

As soon as he said that, Goku and the others had returned in a blink of an eye. Truly, an amazing ability. However, the looks upon their features told the story. The mission bore sour fruit. Young Gohn was the first to react. "Dad! You're back. Is it over?"

"Eh, not exactly. Where's Twilight?" Sir Goku asked.

"I'm right here, Goku. But what do you mean 'not exactly?'" Young Twilight asks.

"Babidi managed to elude us. We've returned to enlist your expertise in magic, Twilight," Supreme Kai said.

"So you endangered the lives of my subject and the participates here for nothing!" I seethed. "From your actions, I scarcely believe you are worthy of your title,"

"The Supreme is more than worthy, and he doesn't have to explain himself to the likes of ignorant mortals!" Kibito stated.

"He does when he risks the life of my sister buster!" Rainbow exclaimed.

"Alright, let's all calm down," Young Twilight said. "Now, what do you need me to do?"

"Being the element of magic, can you sense magical signatures?" The Kai asked. It irked me that this being was so well-informed about us. Nevertheless, Twilight nodded. "We need you to try and find Babidi's. It might prove difficult since I've no doubt he shielded himself. But, if you can sense even the smallest amount of malicious magic, then that is where we'll find him,"

"Ok, but Princess Luna, could you assist me? With your magic boosting my own, this idea might work," Twilight asked of me, holding out her hands.

I walked over to the young mage and placed my hand upon hers. "At your discretion, Twilight,"

As out two horn alit with magic, I overheard honesty. "Ya don't have to worry none. The princess will find the varmint Babidi faster than a rodeo clown sprinting from a--"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ5VBdnL40g&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=7

The spell was interrupted as Honesty collapsed to the ground. It appeared difficult for the young mare to breathe. I, too, felt a wave of dizziness befell my person. But, the effects were worse for Honesty as she shivers on the ground."APPLEJACK!!!" Young Applebloom exclaim, coming to her sister's side. "What happen!? Say something!"

"Ah *panting* don't know...!"

Kindness leans down to measure Honesty's temperature. "She doesn't have a fever, but she looks pale. It's like a wave of fatigue--" Kindness couldn't finish her assessment as she fell to the ground as well. Discord was by her side in an instant.

A thud from behind and an exclamation from Young Sweetie told me that Genesority had fallen ill. "Rarity!!!"

The next to fall was Loyalty and Laughter. "Pinkie, Rainbow!!!" Scootaloo shouted.

The dizziness from earlier increased for me as well. I nearly stumbled on my hooves had our niece Cadance not steady my frame. "What's happening?" Cadence exclaimed in concern.

Finally, the last to all was the bearer of Magic. "Girls! What's--"

My sister came flying down from the booth. However, upon touching the ground, she trips and stumbles. A sight I'd never thought possible given Celestia's years in training for proper posture. Murmurs of concern rang out from the spectators. Sir Goku was there to aid her as we locked eyes. At that moment, we knew what was wrong. "...The elements...!" Sister stated, "Something is attacking the elements!"

"...No...!" Twilight's voice was barely above a whisper. "It's not just the elements; it's the tree itself!!!"

"It must be Babidi. I'm certain of it. Kibito! Takes us to this tree!" Supreme Kai said.

"We're coming too!" Young Twilight stated. She and the girls return to their hooves, albeit rather shakily.

"Are you girls sure?" Our niece asks. "You look like you need a rest,"

Young Twilight shook her head and hardened her resolve. "No. If worse comes to worst, then we might need the elements right then and there,"

"Come quickly; this may be our last chance," Supreme stated.

The elements and the rest of sir Goku's commodity vanished with The Kai and Kibito. I can only hope it is not too late. "Hello, excuse me!" The Earth champion asked. "Just what kind of trick did you pull with my daughter!?" I gave n response save for a simple flare of my wing. "Uh, if you don't mind my asking, your highness,"


[Tree of Harmony.]


Our heroes appear at the mouth of the cave, housing the Tree of Harmony. The girls took a few wary steps inside. Pinkie was the first to react as her mane and tail deflated. Applejack and Rainbow both were trembling in anger while Rarity and Fluttershy gasp and covered their mouths. Twilight's mane became upheaval and plagued with split ends. She took two steps forward before falling to her knees. Across from them stood Dabura, Rotten, and Spoiled, all of which were wearing self-satisfied grins at their reactions. The Z warriors went on guard as the demon king took a mocking bow to our heroes. "Aw, you came just as expected. So, is the new furnishing to your liking, princess?"

"W-what did you do?!" Twilight whispered out.

Dabura tilts his head to the side in a knowing manner. "Come now, you can see for yourself. Honestly, you should've expected this outcome when you leave such powerful relics unguarded. Then again, I suppose you thought this forest would be enough of a deterrent. I'm happy I proved you wrong,"

'B-but, without the tree, the Everfree forest will grow out of control into populated settlements!"

"Uh, duh, that's the point," Rotten stated.

"And she's the head mare of a whole school," Spoiled added.

"Why would you expose yourself like this so quickly, Dabura?" Supreme Kai asked.

"Simply put, the master has decided to make his claim on the universe. To do this, we had to see the best this planet had to offer. And I can tell you that so far, I am not impressed!"

"That makes two of us!" Spike exclaimed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVAR38b7kQk&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=2

In an instant, Spike launches at the demon king. Rotten and Spoiled rush in to head the dragon off. However, as they got closer, Scootaloo appears before Rotten while Gohan does the same for Spoiled. Scootaloo scores a backhand on the larger pegasus while Gohan thrust his leg out and connects with Spoiled's stomach. Both stallions are knocked back as Spike continues unimpeded. Dabura remains still as Spike brings up his claws. However, Dabura vanishes from his position. He reappears in front of Kibito with his right-hand inches away from his face. Kibito stared on in complete shock, unable to react as the Ki fires in Dabura's hand. Every gasp out in horror as Kibito was instantly vaporized. Vegeta was the first to recover as he throws a left hook. But Dabura leaps into the air and turns his sights on Fluttershy. The timid mare was still in shock as the demon king summons his blade and brings it down. Thankfully, Discord conjures a barrier made of bubblegum around her. The blade, much to Dabura's surprise, rebounds off his target. Annoyed, the demon king turns to the irate Spirit of chaos. Scoffing at his enemy, Dabura hacks a spit wad onto Discord's chest. The draconequus recoils in disgust.

"Urgh! You're completely detestable!!!" Discord said.

"Oh no! get it off quickly!!!" Supreme Kai exclaimed.

"While I share in your-- huh?' Discord suddenly felt his body stiffen as the wad of spit began to spread across his body. "...Petrification...!" Discord tried to snap his talon hand, but the process had already reached his neck.

"DISCORD!!!" Fluttershy exclaimed, rushing over to her friend, but it was too late. Discord had been turned to stone once again. And Fluttershy knew that without the elements, there was no reversing it. She had no time to lament as Dabura spat a wad upon her as well. "Ah!!!"

"FLUTTERSHY!!!" The girls exclaimed, but they too shared her fate as Dabura spat upon them in rapid succession.

The Z fighters watched in horror as all the girls shared Discord's fate. Piccolo attacked next as he stretches his arms toward the demon king. However, Dabura shifts to the side as his blade reappears and slices the arm clean off. Piccolo howls in pain as Dabura took advantage and spits on him as well. "Piccolo!!!" Gohan exclaimed, rushing in to help the Nameikan warrior. Sadly, Spoiled recovers and launches a ki blast the size of a beach ball at him.

"Gohan! Watch out!" Videl called out.

Gohan turns around in time to catch the attack between his palms. However, he was pushed back against the wall. He gritted his teeth in frustration as he pushes the blast upwards to the roof of the cave. The cavern's roof was blown to pieces as several bits of debris began to fall. The remaining Z warriors were forced to dodge the rocks while protecting the statutes of their friends. Scootaloo jumps back from her grapple lock with Rotten as both stallions regroup with the demon king. Dabura smiles down at our heroes as they hovered in the air. "If this is the best resistance you can muster, then taking the universe will be a simple matter. Follow us if you dare to face the true horrors that await you!" and with that final taunt, Dabura and the two stallions flew off into the distance.

A somber air of defeat filled the now destroyed cave. "That's two for two. Any more supreme blunders you would like to commit?" Crystal asked sarcastically.

"...Forgive me. I should've warned you about Dabura's abilities..." Supreme hung his head in shame.

Spike was on him in an instant. Appearing in his face and hoisting up by his shirt. Pure rage sparkling in the drake's eyes as he spoke. "You've been making a lot of calls that we're paying for instead. Now my friends are stuck as garden gnomes with no way to change them back!!!" Every word spoke had a wisp of emerald flame behind it.

"Spike. Spike! Relax, we can take them back to the princesses. I'm sure they have a way to free them," Ember said, putting a placating hand on his shoulder, but Spie shrugs her off.

"The only thing that can free besides the elements is sitting right there!" Spike said, pointing to the entombed Discord.

"Perhaps hope isn't lost," Shade stated. "Spells such as this require a focal point. Either from an object or the caster themselves, to maintain it,"

"That is correct. In this case, we must end Dabura's life. Now I would appreciate it if you release me so that we may find them," Supreme kai said. Spike snorts out a plume of smoke before complying and taking off. Ember sends the supreme Kai an apologetic look before following him. Vegeta, crystal, and Shade follow soon after.

"I'm sorry about your friend," Goku said.

"...Kibito knew the risk, but thank you. we won't let his death be in vain!" Supreme Kai said, taking off with the others.

"Are we really going to leave them here?" Gohan asks.

"Don't worry, I'll inform the princesses of what happened," Videl said.

Scootaloo arches a brow at this. "You're not coming with us?"

Videl sighs as she looks at the statues. "Let's be honest; I'm useless against these guys. I'll only be slowing you all down," Videl walks up to Gohan and bumps her fist against his chest. "But I have faith you, Gohan. You did beat Cell, after all. So go and be a hero again,"

Gohan smirks and gives her a thumbs up. "look after them, Videl. We'll be back before you know it,"

Gohan joins his father in the air, leaving cScootaloo and Videl behind. Videl noted that the orange pegasus was smiling at her in a particular fashion. "What?" Videl asks.

"Nothing," Scootaloo responded quickly. "Just considering some things," With that said, Scootaloo flies off as well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbN2-9rSU-U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1D1EgviXas&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=14

The flight went far toward the frozen North, where large mountains peak resides. The snowfall was heavy, and the wind made visibility difficult. Thankfully, or intentionally, Dabura's group stay in the line of sight while maintaining a good distance ahead. They flew down into an opening in the peak as our heroes followed. It was there that Shade shudders, not from the chill, but the ambient amount of dark magic. "This place. Dark magic lingers here. It's old, a relic of a bygone era that deals with death,"

"Then I'd say Babidi chose the perfect location for his grave," Vegeta stated.

"No, he has chosen the lair of Grogar,"

"Save you superstitious prattling. Grogar's be gone for centuries. He might as well be a myth," Crystal stated.

"Any more than the legends and rumors surrounding us? Or, maybe you still doubt that visitors among the stars exist?" Shade gestures to Goku and the others.

"You would be surprised how often myth and legends hold truths to them. Be on guard! Babidi may yet still hold the advantage if he's brought us to this location," Supreme Kai said. Our heroes ventured further into the cave of the mountain. There was a path that leads to a sharp dropoff deeper inside. Floating down into the darkness seemed to stretch on for miles until our heroes reached the bottom. There, a glint from metallic protrusion caught everyone's eye. The symbol for Majin was displayed prominently on the face of the cone. "Here it is, Babidi's ship,"

"It took long enough," Vegeta said in annoyance.

"Let's get this over with and destroy this thing," Spike said, charging his ki.

"No, you mustn't! A shock such as that could inadvertently free Majin Buu," As the Supreme kai spoke, the door to the ship opens with a loud hiss. The familiar sight of Gera stepping out made Gohan and Scootaloo bristle with anger.

"Good evening, and welcome to Babidi's ship. I will be your hostess-- Dr. Gera, at your service. Although..." Gera smirks at Goku, Gohan, and Scootaloo while giving them a wave. "I am already acquainted with some of you,"

"What are you doing here?!" Scootaloo demanded.

Gera tilts her head in confusion. "Did you not hear what I just said?"

"You two know her?" Goku asked.

"Yeah, I suppose it's no surprise you wound her up and under Babidi's control!" Gohan seethed. "She apart of the red ribbon army and tried to kill us with some androids back on Earth!"

"You mean there were more of those pathetic tin cans," Vegeta stated.

"Well, there were, but Gohan and Scootaloo here handled them admirably. You would be proud, Son Goku. And I see you got rid of the dead weight,"

Scootaloo knew who she was referring to and went to rush her, but Goku stops her. "So, you join up with Babidi to fulfill your old master's wish. It's a shame you can't seem to break free of being a puppet to someone else's will,"

"Rest assured, that for all of Doctor Gero's brilliance, he couldn't see past his obsession. Thus, making him a fool. As for my new role, I will become clear later, but the choice to join was my own," Gera claps her hand and put on an exciting smile. "Now, shall we?"

Our heroes didn't know what to make of the woman in from of them until Supreme Kai spoke. "We will have to abide by Babidi's rules for the moment,"

"Well, it would seem rude not to accept his offer since he's rolling out the red carpet for us," Goku said, taking the first steps inside as Gera lead the way. He was quickly followed by his son and Scootaloo and the rest. The halls of the ship were tinted in an eerie blue color. Our heroes began walking through the cylinder hallways that were barren of any personnel.

"This ship isn't much to behold. I've seen rock formations in the Dragonlands look better," Ember said.

"Maybe Babidi doesn't have the funds for an interior decorator?" Scootaloo said. "Hey, look, there's another door,"

"While not aesthetically pleasing, this ship is a technological marvel. Look at this," Gera commented as she stops in front of another door.



"Here are the schematics of the ship. As you can see, it is massive in size, taking up most of the subterranean space of the mountain without compromising its structural integrity. It's quite the feat in terms of magic. The entire ship just blended into blended seamlessly with the mountain. You wouldn't be able to tell unless you'd come inside. And-- Hey!!"

The z warriors stepped around Gera and inside to a large dome-like room. The same platform from earlier sat in the middle of the room. Once they were all inside, the door behind them sealed shut. "Do you all notice anything?" Crystal asked. "Such as the lack of windows and an airtight sealed door behind us, making this the perfect room for poison death trap!"

"Wow, I didn't think you cared about us, Crystal," Gohan said.

"Oh, I don't. Poison gases don't affect changeling biology. I'm just noting it's something I would do in a room like this,"

"An excellent idea, my dear, but a bit counterproductive to my current plans..." Babidi's voice said. "You see, you and that bothersome Kai have accepted my invitation to my humble abode. So, as the gracious host that I am, I will tell you what's going to happen. You are here on level one of my space ship. And to progress, you must defeat each fighter I have at my disposal. But keep in mind, every blow you receive transfers your energy to Majin Buu. It's so deliciously ironic! In your attempt to stop me, you will aid in my plans. Now you may be familiar with two of these fighters,"

The panel opens, and Scootaloo instantly snarls. Rotten and Spoiled stepped off the platform with a third fighter. They regarded with a smug indifference as they spoke. "Well, well, we meet again, Dodo," Rotten stated.

"It's so nice of you to donate to our cause again," Spoiled added.

"Hmm, I was hoping Dabur was wrong when he said this was the force the Supreme Kai was meager. But, it seems I was destined for disappointment,"

"Pui-Pui!" Supreme Kai said darkly. "It seems Babidi is sparing no expense if they are resulting in you already.

"Surely, you must be joking. These buffoons are some of Babidi's prizefighter?" Vegeta laughed.

"Yeah, I was expecting something fiercer," Ember said.

"You guys wouldn't happen to have some dragons in there, would you?" Spike asked.

"Why you!!!" Rotten grunted out.

"Rotten and Spoiled are mine. You all decide what to do with the chump in the spandex!" Scootaloo said, stepping forward.

"How about a game of rock paper scissors to decide who goes next?" Goku suggests.

Following his suggestion, our heroes formed a circle, leaving the Supreme Kai bewildered at the impromptu game. The game didn't last as it had three turns with everyone tieing with the first two turns. However, Vegeta won on the last turn with scissors as everyone else chose rock. "Wonderful, now maybe things won't be so dull,"

"You all can't be serious! You want to take turns fighting?" Supreme kai stated in disbelief.

"Yeah, what's the problem?" Goku said.

"This is not a game. Pui-Pui is one of Babidi's finest warriors. We will need no less than our combine might to win!!!"

Pui-Pui chuckles in amusement at the situation. "I do believe I am being underestimated. That kind of arrogance will get you killed..." Pui-Pui vanished from sight and began jumping across the room. "If you are foolhardy enough to do that, then you are in for quite a shock..." Jumping again, he made several poses before landing back in front of the group. "Releasing our goal will be that much easier thanks to your hubris. After, when you fight with Pui-Pui, death is a certainty!!!"

"Babidi didn't investigate either planet very well, did he? If he did, then he'd know the strongest fighter alive is right before him," Vegeta said confidently.

"Ha. Check out the mouth on that ape!" Rotten mocked. "You as deluded as the Dodoo here if you believe that!"

"I'd be less worried about Vegeta and more worried about me!" Scootaloo said.

"Hurry up and clear out the trash so that I can end this moron's life!" Vegeta said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgenI22prrc&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=4

Scootaloo said nothing as she remained perfectly still. Rotten and Spoiled smirked as they took a step forward. In that instant, Scootaloo was standing over Rotten's frame with her fist still in a striking position. Rotten laid sprawled out on the grunting in pain from her sudden attack. Spoiled blinks in surprise before he throws a punch at her head. Scootaloo tilts back and pulls his arm past her to bring her knee into his stomach. Scootaloo backs off as both stallions struggle to their hooves. They both sneered at the orange mare before charging at her. Scootaloo met their charge and clothesline Spoiled by his neck, causing his head to whip harshly to the ground. Rotten looks confused before Scooaloo flips behind him and kicks the side of his head. The force was enough to send the large stallions spinning back toward his partner. Scootaloo broke into a sprint while shouting out a warcry.

She rained down a flurry of punches and kicks that both stallions struggled to defend against. In fact, despite the two-on-one advantage they had, Scootaloo was pushing them back. She slams her knee into Rotten's jaw, flinging the stallion's head to the ground once more. Spoiled Brat switched tactic at the moment and fires a continuous beam at Scootaloo. Scootaloo catches the beam with her hands, but Spoiled was pouring everything he had into his attack. Rotten quickly joins him and fires a beam of his own. For a moment, Scotaloo was pushed back as Rotten stood back up. However, she plants her hooves and first a beam as well. Her attack quickly overtook the combined efforts of Spoiled and Rotten and exploded in their faces. A cloud of thick smog blanketed the room as Scootaloo waited. Scootaloo saw a blur of movement and felt a presence behind her before two massive arms wrapped around her form. Rotten suffered some damage from her last attack as he grins down at her.

"Feeling a case of deja vu?" Rotten asked.

"You're about to in a second!!!" Spoiled finished, bursting from the smoke with the same device they used on her earlier.

Scootaloo merely rolled her eyes as her aura flares out. Her movements weren't restricted this time, and she was ready to finish this fight. As Spoiled came close, Scootaloo throws out a scissor kick. The first kick knocks the device away while the second one connects with Spoiled's muzzle. Spoiled was sent flying back to the opposite side of the room while crashing hard enough into the wall to leave an indention. Rotten tried increasing the pressure on his grapple, but Scootaloo bends her knees and jumps straight up. Rotten's head collides with the ceiling, which breaks his hold. Taking advantage, Scootaloo flies behind Rooten and kicks him in his spine, sending him crashing into Spoiled, as she crushed the device under her hoof. Rotten was slow to free himself from the wall while Spoiled fell to his knees. Both stallions were panting heavily and bleeding from their muzzle. Scootaloo regarded them both with cold indifference as she crossed her arms.

"Is that it?" Scootaloo said in disappointment. "This is all you two have to show for selling your souls?"

"Shut up!" Spoiled said.

"You're not better than us!!" Rotten said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfd1aXqHTPU&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=5

Scootaloo merely shakes her head. "You don't get it. I've been better than you way before I became champion. All you two ever did was bully ponies so that you would feel superior to everyone else. You never worked for anything, and you never bothered to change your attitudes. It was a joke to think you were a threat. Honestly, I feel sorry for you both. Fighting you is leaving a bad taste in my mouth, so why don't you give up and save yourselves more embarrassment!"

"You think a couple of lucky hits means you're superior!?" Spoiled said in a strained voice.

"We've always been better! No creature can compete with us! Not you, not all those hicks in Ponyville, or even those freaks behind you. We're stronger than every stupid single creature on this planet! And-- Urgh!?!?" Roten stops in his tirade as an intense pain grips his head. The insignia on his head started to flash red as his body bulged out irregularly.

"What's happening?!" Gohan exclaimed.

"it's Babidi's magic," Gera noted, gaining everyone's attention. "Someone said something they shouldn't have,"

Pui-Pui folds his arms and huckles at this development. "Indeed. It would seem you two forgot who it is that's in charge,"

Rotten's body continues to morph as he groaned out in pain. The sinister chuckle of Babidi went off in the room as the stallion implodes. spoiled fell on his back in pure horror before shifting in a beggar's position. "Uh-uh-uh, please forgive me, master. I was caught in the moment. No one is better than you,"

"I'm afraid it's far too late for that. After that abysmal display, I cannot allow you to bring shame to me anymore. Then again, I was planning on doing this somewhere down the road," Babidi said.

"Please, I can-- AA-ARGH-UUUUH!!!" The same process happened to Spoiled Brat as well. The stallion tried to fight it, but he could do little more than reach out to Scootaloo for help.

"No!!!" Scootaloo shouted, running toward Spoiled in vain. She barely made three steps before Spoiled explode where he stood as well. Scootaloo and the Z warrior stood in abject horror at the actions of Babidi against his pawns.

episode 24: Deeper Through the Shadows!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia was enjoying a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. At the carousel boutique, Rarity is struggling on a new line featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Babidi's Ship - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI1Rq3iB8ao&list=PL836DDC1A20726279&index=37

"And so ends the hired help. I'm afraid I'll be leaving a poor score their annual review," Babidi cackles.

Scootaloo was the first to recover from her shock and rembled with furry. "What's wrong with you!? How could you do that!? They were on your side!!!!"

"Oh? Compassion for your enemy? From the way you spoke to them, I got the impression you hated those two. So why should you care if they live or perish?"

"They didn't deserve to die!!! It doesn't matter what I felt about them; you had no right to kill them!"

"My dear, I have every right to do with my pawns as I please. You will learn very soon that there are two types of people in the universe; those with power and those without it. Those with power rule over those without it. And those without power try and claim it by any means. They came to me out of a desire for power, and I graciously gave that to them. The only caveat was that they must never fail me. Look at yourself, for example. Those stallions told me how you got power from your teacher over there and how you were weak before. But now, you were able to completely dominant them with nary a scratch on your person. I bet it must've felt good lording you strength over them and making them feel helpless!"

"Shut up! It's not the same! We don't kill for the heck of it or because we can! We--"

"You do it for the greater good?" Babidi's response was met with no reply from Scootaloo. "You can look back at the Kai and ask him how many times he's killed for that very same reason. Do you honestly believe he will let me live because of some high standard of morality? No. He's out to kill me because I am his enemy as you are all mine!!!"

Scootaloo looks back at the Supreme Kai, who, in turn, sends her a stoic. "It is a harsh necessity, but the likes of Babidi must be stopped to ensure the universe safety,"

"Haha, you see? There's your proof straight from the horse mouth, and not a hint of hesitation or remorse," Babidi laughs.

Scootaloo's eyes widen before she vehemently shakes her head in defiance. "No! We're better than that!!!"

"Give it a rest, Scoots," Spike said. "It's clear a friendship lesson isn't going to work this time. Just look at what happen to Tirek and Chrysalis," Crystal hissed at the dragon for that remark. "And I'm pretty sure Sombra went through a lot get the power he has now," Shade turned his head in shame at that.

Scootaloo was almost beside herself at what she was hearing. She tried looking around the room for support but found none. Gohan and Ember were both conflicted. Shade gave her a look of resignation as his past action came to the forefront of his mind. Spike and Crystal's stance was already clear, whereas Vegeta couldn't care less about the conversation. However, when she got to her mentor, Goku gave her a reassuring smile. "You talk about having power and how we're the same. But that's wrong. Taking a life means you failed in another aspect. You couldn't see past yourself and try to understand others. The only thing you've proven is how black your soul has become,"

Babidi appears to have gone silent as Scootaloo smiles gratefully at her master. However, a chuckle from Vegeta got everyone's attention. "I see that your death has taught you nothing, Kakarot. You still preach those worthless sentiments. What you fail to understand is that morality and sensibilities only distract from a fundamental fact,"

"And what's that?"

"The ugly little imp is right; power is the driving factor behind everything. What's the point in clinging to your ideology if you don't have the strength to back them up?" Vegeta looks at Scootaloo as he says this. "Even your princess understands that much. Would you respect them or trust your wellbeing to them if they were weak? The only difference I can see is that they don't want to admit it. Compassion and bleeding hearts have no place with warriors!"

"And yet, it was that same compassion that spared your life all those years ago," Goku countered, earning a scoff from the Saiyan prince. "By your logic, you should be dead right now,"

"If you are quite done with your philosophy and feelings, I'd like to get back to killing you all," Pui-Pui said in a mildly irritated tone.

"Hmph, you should cherish your lost remaining moments being alive!" Vegeta flickers to Pui Pui's position as he took his stance. "Welcome to the end of your life. And I promise you it's going to hurt,"

"Hmm," Pui-Pui grunted as he smiles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRU9irEutKY

The two warriors remained still until Pui-Pui raised one leg and leaped into the air. He does three spins before launching a roundhouse a Vegeta. The Saiyan prince remained unfazed as he merely brings up his forearm to block it. A look of shock adorns Pui-Pui's features. However, he pulls back and throws a left straight. But Vegeta blocks it with his hand this time. Slightly frustrated, Pui-Pui gains some space before charging again. He launches a barrage of rapid-fire punches that Vegeta easily dodges with expert head movement. Pui-Pui tries to throw in several kicks, but Vegeta dodges them all the same. Pui-Pui commits to another roundhouse, but Vegeta grabs him by the ankle and kicks him in the stomach. The impact launches his opponent to the upper wall before he collapses to the ground. Pui-Pui slowly picks himself up as Vegeta looked down on him with an unimpressed glare. The Saiyan prince throws out his leg and kicks Pui-Pui skyward and then vanishing. Appearing behind Pui-Pui as he recovers, Vegeta punches him back down to the ground. Pui-Pui bounces off of the floor with a heavy thud.

"Vegeta's skill is amazing," Shade complements.

"Or Babidi's fighter is weaker than we thought," Spike suggests.

"He is making it seem that way," Ember noted.

"Naw, Vegeta's definitely improved," Gohan said.

"That's what happens when you train nonstop," Goku said with a smirk. In the back, Supreme Kai watches in awe at how easily Vegeta is winning.

"Have you had enough?" Vegeta aks.

"...No!!!" Pui-Pui growls. He tries to throw another punch, but Vegeta leaps upon his head and throws him off balance. Pui-Pui turns around only to find a kick waiting for him. Vegeta then connects with a series of punches to Pui-Pui's face and torso before ending the combo with a swift kick, knock Babidi's warrior down once more.

As Vegeta approaches him, the entire room shifts into a barren landscape, shocking our heroes. "What the?" Goku exclaims.

"We've been teleported!" Shade stated.

"To where?! The moon!?" Crystal asked.

"Why does it feel like the ground is pulling us down?" Ember strained out.

"It's that Babidi!" Supreme said distastefully. "He used his magic to change the room, most likely to give his fighter the advantage!"

"Ah, should be interesting," Goku said with a smile.

"I don't Vegeta will share that sentiment," Shade said.

"I wouldn't worry about it,"

As Vegeta looks around, Pui-Pui returns to his feet with a rock in his hand. "Welcome to my home! I've won many great battles here, and by now, You will find that it is much different than yours..." He proceeds to drop the rock as it leaves an impression on the ground. "It's the gravity; ten times stronger than the Earth's and Equis. Your hopes of winning are falling faster than that stone! You won't leave here alive. Haha!!!!:

"That's it?" Spike asks. "That all he did? Talk about lame,"

"What are you talking about, fool?!"

"It does seem like a lot of effort for zero results," Scootaloo added.

By now, Pui-Pui saw that our heroes were mostly unaffected by the change. "Wha--"

Vegeta could only chuckle at the development. "Maybe, if this five hundred times the normal gravity, you might have an advantage. But ten? I don't even feel it,"

A beat of sweat began to fall from Pui-Pui's brow. "You're all bluffing. I know you are!!!"

"Maybe I am? It's hard to tell,"

"Enough!" Pui-Pui charges at Vegeta again with a flurry of punches, but like before, Vegeta dodges them with no issues. The Saiyan prince counters with an uppercut to Pui-Pui's stomach that knock the air of Babidi's warrior. The prince sends him flying with another kick, that Pui-Pui crashes against a boulder. He slowly gets up to a sight that rocks him to the core. "Impossible!?"

Vegeta was bouncing on his toes with a boxer's stance as if he was weightless. "So, do you still think I'm bluffing?" Pui-Pui snarls as he breaks into a mad dash toward Vegeta. Vegeta returns the favor in kind and cuts Pui-Pui off. He places both of his hands on Pui-Pui armor. The two lock eyes with one another one last before Vegeta vaporizes him into space dust. Both the Supreme Kai and Babidi watched on in astonished horror as Pui-Pui fell in battle. The room shifts back to normal as Vegeta spoke. "I am amazed Babidi would send us such a weakling,"

"Yeah, he was all talk and no bite," Spike laughs.

"...Amazing...!" Supreme Kai stated in wonder.

"Well, that was a disappointing outcome," Gera noted from the sidelines. She turns back to our heroes and claps her hands. "Congratulations. you beat level one and can now proceed,"

"Tsk! How can you be so calm? You're guy lost, and your so-called master doesn't care!" The response Scootaloo got was a shrug from her. "You know, Babidi can get rid of you just like he did Rotten and Spoiled!"

"Hmm, I suppose the possibility is there, but I believe I am far more useful than they were, and my plan is still in effect. Now come along," Gera stands before the fall panel opens, and she jumps inside.

"I. Do not. Like her!" Scootaloo growls out.

Gohan places a comforting hand on her shoulder as he spoke. The other Z warriors began to follow after her. "Don't worry about her. We'll stop whatever she is cooking up. And don't let what Babidi said get to you. A wise warrior once said this; 'It is not a sin to fight for the right cause.' Some people can't change with words. Frieza and Cell were like that, and Babidi is the same way. But that doesn't mean we're bad like they are. Our strength comes from things we cherish. That's why we must fight to protect it!"

Scootaloo smiles at that and kisses Gohan on the cheek. "Thanks, I'm glad I can always count on our resident egghead to figure stuff out,"

"Aw, young love is the sweetest candy," Crystal said, causing Scootaloo and Gohan to jump. "Don't stop on my account,"

"Let's go!" Scootaloo said with a blush, dragging Gohan past the changeling.


[Level 2]


"Wow. This room is the same as the last one," Goku noted.

"I guess Babidi isn't big on interior decoration," Gohan said.

"We should still keep on our guard," Shade said. "The room could change the location at any moment,"

"I just hope they have someone stronger than the last guy," Goku said.

"I can name an assortment of enemies that Babidi has at his disposal. We must tread carefully," Supreme Kai warned.

"No offense, but after that last fight, I wouldn't say that," Ember said.

"Honestly. You've exaggerated every threat we've faced so far, starting with that Dabura. So why should this one be any different?" Vegeta asked.

"What?" Supreme Kai asked.

"Judging by Dabura's movements and the level of his attacks, as long as we avoid his dangerous loogies, then he's nothing we can't handle."

Crystal shudders at remember Dabura's method of certification. "What sort of creatures biology allows for such a dangerous result with a ridiculous method?"

"A changeling arguing against odd biology? Are we sure Discord got stoned?" Spike asks.

"Hold on, you all share this opinion about Dabura?" Supreme Kai asks.

"Well, yeah, I'd put him on the same level as Cell, but we are all a lot stronger now," Goku said nonchalantly. "Hey! What's the hold-up? Let's get this fight started!"

The door in front of open to reveal an imposing figure hiding in the shadows. It took a step forward, the light shining on a green hindleg as the rest of the body followed. It was two times taller than even Princess Celestia with green amphibian-like skin. It had three claws on each hand with a hidden stinger resting above it. On its back were four spines similar to the ones on its arms and a retractable tail with a spear tip at the end. The head protruded from a hunchback as it opened its mouth, showcasing razor-sharp teeth. Two yellow eyes with red pupils contracted with anticipation. The creature's mouth started salivating at the prospect of a new meal. In the middle of it' body was the symbol for Majin as the beast moved its arms in a threatening manner.

Another being walks out after the first. It's the same height as the green creature. However, its features are less distinctive. It was in the shape of a quadrupedal pony of the earth. However, it seemed to be made entirely out of shadows. The barrel of its body, from the legs to the head, was jet black. Grayish flames were coming from each of its heels and long flowing tail. Its wings morphed onto the chest petrol. The equine's eyes glowed a ghoulish white as it bared its fangs. The Majin symbol laid etched upon each flank.




"What the hay is that thing?!" Scootaloo exclaims.

The monsters step closer and loom over the Z warriors. "Who is it?" Its voice was deep and gravely. "Who do I get to eat at first?"

Goku walks up to the monster with a confused expression. "Uh, can I get a different opponent?"

"That's Yakon! The dreaded space beast! One f the most feared monsters in the universe! This will not be an easy fight!" Supreme Kai stated.

The shadow stallion gaze stayed fixated on Shade's position. "...Sombra..." It said in a ghastly, hissing voice.

"...The Pony of Shadows!" Shade whispered.

"How do you know that?" Spike asked.

"In the earlier stages of my reign, I had many projects. One of which was separating part of my essence to create the perfect minion. I thought it would help me establish a foothold in Equestria. But the experiment needed a host to maintain a physical form. None of my volunteers work because the shadow gained sentience and fed off of negative emotions. However, the ponies I used was devoid of any emotions. Worse still was that the entity grew rebellious and wanted to plunge the world into internal darkness. I deemed it a failure and discarded it,"

"Aw, so it is you I have to thank for this find. Well done. It's a shame you are a poor wizard. On the other hand, I grounded this essence and gave it a physical form with my magic. Now you will all suffer,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6BsUXpF14k&list=PLchxCA8Gdh5pNjnNJ9tYzy-l6OkesT8Nv&index=7

Shade teleported away as dark tendrils shot from the on of shadows. He reappears behind and summons a whip made of dark magic. He cracks the whip against his creation's back. The living shadow howls in pain but grew in size as two more tendrils sprouted out from its sides. Shade's eyes widen at this as he began to dodge. His eyes shimmer with magic as Shade launched several offensive spells at the shadow pony. However, his spells were either swatted away or absorb into their being. Realizing magic was useless, Shade fires a Ki blast next. The attack had the desired effect as the pony of shadows crashed to the opposite end of the room. Meanwhile, Yakon raises its left hand and swipes down at Goku. The Saiyan warrior swiftly leaps out of the way, but Yakon quickly follows. The monster tries its best to land a blow, but Goku easily evades. Yakon rebounds off the ceiling and extends its hidden claws. There was a flash of light as both fighters land back on the floor. A moment later, part of Goku's orange Gi rips from the cut Yakon landed.

"Eh!?" Goku gasps.

"You see! I warned you this would happen! Goku's completely outmatched!!!" Supreme kai said in warrior. "And this other creature is somehow getting stronger!"

"From that little scratch?" Spike laughs. "Maybe if his goal is to ruin our clothes than, yeah, we're in serious trouble,"

"Yeah, Master Goku got this," Scootaloo said with the utmost confidence.

"Bah, I can only wish that monster would win off a fluke, but so far, that is a pipe dream," Crystal said in a bored tone. "I could care less about that other oaf though,"

"Wow! Those are some wicked claws. It looks like I got to be more careful," Goku said. Suddenly, the room shifts again. This time, the landscape was a dark and moist cavern. There was an eerie black mist that hovers a few inches off the floor. "Man, it pitched back out. I wonder where we are?"

Shade returns to Goku's side as the shadow pony dissolved into the floor. "This place might prove to be an issue,"

"We're on planet Onkoku. A world totally devoid of light and Yakon's home!" Supreme Kai stated.

"Yes, none of my prey has ever escaped the darkness," Yakon said as his body blended seamlessly into the dark.

Yakon primed his claws again and charged with blinding speed at the duo. However, Goku jumps out of the way while Shade shifts into his Umbrum form and allows the space beast to pass through him. However, several tendrils shot out from every direction. Goku dodges in the air while Shade was able to maneuver around them. However, one tendril was able to scrape the side of his form. Shade reverts to normal, clutching his shoulder. A small gash was bleeding profusely as more tendrils barrel down on him. Each appendage grips at Shade's limb as he grunted in discomfort. The pony of shadows revealed itself again with a look of wicked glee as it pulls Shade into its body.

"...Bond with me, Sombra! Become one with me again as it always should've been!"

Goku noticed Shade's dilemma and went to help. Although Yakon makes another attempt at him, Goku was ready. As the space beast drew closer, Goku extends his leg and connects with Yakon's lower jaw. As the best sailed into a stalagmite, Goku turns around and fires rapid Ki blast at the tendrils. The shadow pony howls in pain, but it did not release Shade as Goku prepared more attacks, Yakon cam blitzing toward him. He threw several swipes at Goku, but none of them could land much like their first exchange. Yakon tries thrusting both claws down on his opponent. But Goku flickers behind the space beast and releases a shockwave, blasting the monster toward the Pony of Shadows. The shadow pony snarls at Goku as Yakon got up.

"How!?" Yakon demanded. "How can you see me in the dark!?"

"I can't, but then again, I don't need to see to sense your energy," Goku replied.

"It doesn't matter. You will fall eventually like your friend,"

Goku's unwavering smile ave Yako and the pony of shadows pause. "You sure about that?"

Just then, a golden light terminated from the center of the shadow pony's barrel. Yakon watches on in confusion as the light grew brighter. The howls of the pony of shadows grew louder as its body shifted and spasmed. Several rays of golden light punched out of the shadow pony's body. The light evaporated the Pony of Shadow's as Shade form was engulf in a golden aura with green wisps of energy. His hair was somewhat spike but flowed in the wind like the alicorn princesses. A light purple haze formed around his eyes while his striking brown pupils bared down on Yakon. Shade flickers and appears at Goku's sides, which surprise yakon, while the Saiyan warrior smile grew wider. The rest of the Z warriors were as shocked as Yakon.

"What the?!" Vegeta exclaimed.

"What is that light?" Yakon asked in a mesmerized tone.

Ignoring them, Goku spoke. "Looking good; I think you wear Super Saiyan well,"

Shade chuckles at his ally. "I suppose I should've expected this reaction from you. Have you always known I was capable of this?" Shade gestures to himself.

"I had a feeling. You got to tell me the story," Goku said, turning back to Yakon. "As you can see, we don't fear the darkness..." In an instant, Goku becomes a Super Saiyan as well. The combined golden aura fully illuminated the area. "The light follows us wherever we go,"

"Whoa. That's amazing!" Gohan stated.

"But is that a good thing?" Spike said with a frown. "Do we want Sombra to walk around with that kind of power?"

"Well, he is reformed now, right?" Scootaloo reminded but was uncertain herself.

"Yes. delicious light, come to me!!!" Yakon stated. He opened his jaw and began inhaling the air in front of him. The section was so great that both Shade's and Goku's aura went into the space monster's maw as well. Yakon continued to devour their aura until both Goku and Shade powered down.

"They returned to normal?" Ember asked.

"Yeah, what gives?" Scootaloo asked.

"Hmm, it doesn't seem like that was entirely on purpose," Vegeta noted.

"Yakon is a creature that lives in total darkness. That is because its species possess the ability to consume light itself. Their Super Saiyan auras must be like a delicacy to him," Supreme Kai said.

Yakon pats its stomach as it let out a belch. "Yes. Yes! Delicious light. Give me more!!!"

"What are you doing, you fool! That energy belongs to Majin Buu, not trapped inside your gullet!!!" Babidi's voiceover said.

"That is an irksome trait," Shade said cautiously. "I am opened to suggestions,"

"Not to worry, just follow my lead. Hey, Yakon!" Goku shouts before transforming again. "I hope you saved room for a second helping," Shade arches a brow at this course of action but transformed along with Goku.

"Yes. More! Feed me more!!!" Yakon bellows as he starts sucking up their auras again. The suction was stronger this time as both Super Saiyan was pulled toward the space beast. In the midst of the consumption, Yakon's belly began to distend and bloat. Soon the rest of his body followed until Yakon was the size of an overinflated beach ball. Yet, the monster refused to stop. Vegeta's eyes went wide when he saw Goku smile before his features flashed brightly. A surge of Ki energy flew into Yakon's mouth. As a result, Yakon's body couldn't hold onto the energy he swallowed any longer and burst into a fiery explosion.

"Unbelievable! They defeated Yakon!" Supreme Kai said in awe.

"Maybe to the untrained eye..." Vegeta mutters in a low tone. "...Curse you, Kakarot,"

"Whew, talk about eating to you burst," Goku said, powering down.

"Ingenius. Using his appetite against him like that. I never pegged you for the stagiest type," Shade praised. Goku chuckles in response.

The room returns to normal as gear walks up and applaud Goku and Shade's victory. "Congratulations once again. You can now advance to level three,"

As the floor panel opens and Gera went to descends, Scootaoo stops her. "Hold up! Rotten and Spoiled took a little filly with them. Where is she?!"

"Hmm, does she has cutesy locks, a light shade of pink fur, and an overbearing sense of adorableness tacked on her?" Scootaloo nods. "Who knows? Master Babidi might have, or she could be a stone ornament right now. Although, my personal wish is that she was fed to Yakon. In any case, you have to advance if you want to find out," With that said, Gera descends to level three.

Scootaloo growls intently at the opening before Supreme Kai spoke. "I would not worry about that child's wellbeing. She is still alive. However, my concern rest in why Babidi would take her in the first place when there was no need to at all,"

"I guess it doesn't make much sense why they would take her. But, at this rate, we'll save her and stop Babidi's plans," Gohan said optimistically as he and the other Z warriors went through to level three.

"With the mediocre fighters they have? That's no surprise. Hopefully, the next one will put up some fight," Spike said.

"You may yet have you wish, spike, if the fighter I suspect shows up," Supreme Kai says grimly.

episode 25: Prelude to Majin!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a cup of tea on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the portal in the background. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity is struggling on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Babidi's Ship - Level 3 - Third Person POV.]


Spike falls into the room with a heavy thud as he marches toward the center of the room. He cracks his knuckles while smirking at the door. "Alright, give me something good!"

Gohan walks up to his left while Ember takes his right. "I hope whoever next is worth the wait,"

"Yeah, it will be great to see how strong you got while I was gone," Goku said, sitting on the floor.

" I wonder if you can handle it?" Spike asks.

"What do you mean?"

Spike shakes his head as he shrugs. "I mean, you were stronger as a kid is all I am saying,"

"Hey! Gohan hasn't lost a step!" Scootaloo stated.

"Really?" Vegeta asks with a smirk. "Looking at the boy now, it obvious to tell he's been neglecting his training. Too busy with books and kissing up the equine females,"

"Hey!" Scootaloo shouted, blushing up a storm.

"Or perhaps you've been sneaking in training sessions at P.E?"

Gohan rubs the back of his head nervously. "Uh, yeah, something like that..."

"From the performance he displayed, I was expecting him to defeat much sooner than he did. Perhaps his struggle because of the concern of his loved ones being present," Gera stated.

As Scootaloo berated Gera again, Supreme Kai looks at his group in astonishment. 'It's almost unfathomable. How could we miss such individuals? They are treating the most fear monsters in the universe like they are jokes. Scootaloo is far stronger than an equine should be, yet she handled two fighters enhanced by Babidi's magic with ease. And while the dragon is boastful, I have the inclination that Spike can back them up. Then there are these Saiyans; why are they so calm about everything? Are there still greater depths to their power than what Gohan displayed at the tournament? As a matter of fact, I could barely contain him when he transformed. But I dismissed it. Perhaps I should count my fortune that Babidi hadn't calm any of these warriors,'

The sound of a door hissing drew everyone's attention. A small fog entered the room as the new warrior steps inside. Everyone's expression hardens at who stood before them. With a sinister smirk, Dabura spoke. "The fact that you have defeated Yakon and made it to the third stage is commendable despite it being unexpected,"

"It can't be!!!" Supreme exclaimed.

"Good to see you again, Lord Dabura," Gera said with a small bow.

"I have to say that this little plan of yours has yet to bear any fruit. So far, it has cost us precious resources,"

"I wouldn't say that. Were Spoiled and Rotten useful? And since Yakon and Pui-Pui failed, are they not worthless as well? I believe they are an acceptable loss in the grand scheme of things. Besides, you are here now,"

"Oh yes, it would seem that Babid must be getting desperate if he sent his very best solder out now," Crystal said in an amused tone.

Dabura scoffs but ignored Crystal's comment. "Return with the master now. He will decide if keeping you is still beneficial to our cause. I will salvage this mess,"

Gera gave another bow as she walks to the door. She turned back around and smiled at our heroes. "It has been my pleasure being you hostess for the evening,"

"Hey, hold on, where's Cozy Glow!?" Scootaloo demanded, but Gera ignores her as the door closes.

"The child is with Master Babidi right now, but she is far from where your concerns should be at the moment," Dabura answers.

"The only I'm concerned about is ripping you to pieces," Spike growled.

"Aw, such ferocity, I'd expect nothing less from a savage beast. So, wants the honor of dying first?"

"Ember, get back!"

"Wha-- I'm not waiting on the sidelines!" Ember protested. However, Spike sent her a sideways glance that made her flinch. She didn't know why his irises had changed from green to scarlet. But, it was primal and somewhat familiar. Regardless, Ember backed off.

"It's for the best, Ember. This guy is no pushover. Well, come on, change the location. We don't want to fight in a sardine can," Gohan said.

"Arrogance against the demon king is ill-advised, but I will humor you. Master, let's give them home-field advantage. Take us to Earth," The landscape quickly shifts to a rocky terrain where a large spire of stone pillars decorated the area. Dabura holds out his arms as he gestures to the land. "What do you think? A familiar setting for your graves,"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV0OuvXYAew&list=PLSSqwuuD4fmvYuCeSKCk8B_BHfDs1E8YI&index=30

Spike flexed his claws as he leveled them toward Dabura. "I'll be sure to crave something on your tombstone..." With a snarl, Spike threw his arms outward while creating a shockwave of emerald blades. Dabura leaps out of the way as Spike's attack shreds the landscape and the pillars around them. Dabura decides to mimic the dark and sends two shockwaves of his own. Gohan jumps towards the demon king while Spike rolls to safety. The drake recovers to see Gohan and Dabura in a furious exchange of blows. Opening his maw, Spike spews fire at them both. Gohan kicks Dabura away as he dodges the flames.

"Ah. Hey, tone down to pyrotechnics! I'm still out here!" Gohan shouted.

"Then you better move faster!!" Spike said, tilting his head up in a gesture.

Dabura returns, hitting Gohan with an overhand strike and sending the half Saiyan flying into the landscape. Spike saw an opening and flickers to Dabura's position. Dabura looks at the drake in surprise as he evades an outstretched claw. The two stare each other down as Spike smirks and shows off his left claw. Each one had a droplet of blood hanging off the edge. Dabura seems surprised before noticing three fresh cuts on his left cheek. Dabura lets out a smile chuckle before seemingly unhinging his jaw. And, much like how Spike did earlier, spews out a torrent of flames. Spike immediately responded with flames of his own. However, to the drake's surprise, Dabura easily overpowered him. Spike ceases his flame and evades to the right, with Dabura's fire grazing his arm. Spike hisses in pain as he saw a large striped burn mark on his shoulder.

"Hm-hm, hellfire; the hottest flames in the demon realm. Even dragons are not immune to their scorching touch," Dabura chuckles.

"...I noticed...!" Spike grunted in pain.

"Do not concern yourself with that little injury. Soon, you'll die like your friend,"

Now, it was Spike's turn to laugh. "About that, you need to work on your execution," Dabura looked confused until the ground began to shake before an explosion of golden Ki sent debris flying everywhere. Gohan emerges from his crater, his Super Saiyan form shining brightly, as he glares down at Dabura. The demon king sucks his teeth; however, Spike grabs his arm. "But wait, it gets better; Dragon Soul Mode!"

"Dragon Soul what?"

Spike's aura erupts out of him as he tightens his grip. Dabura shields his face from the intensity of the drake's power. Grinning wildly, Spike clenches his free hand into a fist and imbue it with Ki. He thrust his arm forward and bashes the demon king in the face. Dabura is sent flying into the air as Goan appears in the demon king's pathway. He grips his hands together and slams Dabura down with a hammer strike. Dabura was quickly submerged underwater. Gohan hovers over the demon's position as he fires a rapid series of Ki blast into the water. Spike flies up to Gohan with a small orb in his hand before he tosses it down at the water. The waves settled for a moment before exploding moments later. As the Saiyan and dragon cease their assault, the other Z warriors continue to watch.

"Amazing. That's the king of the demon realm. Yet, Spike and Gohan are holding their own," Supreme Kai said in amazement.

"Are we looking at the same battle here?" Crystal asks. "The fact that they had to transform this earlier shows how desperate the situation is right now,"

"I hate to say it, but they haven't done any damage," Shade stated.

As Shade finished, Dabura came rocketing out of the water. He stops right in front of Spike and Gohan with no visible damage save for Spike's initial attack. "All of that for a few droplets of blood. I dare say you two are turning out to be a disappointment,"

"We'll start fighting when you start taking this seriously yourself!" Gohan stated.

"Yeah, quit wasting all our time and power up already!" Spike added.

Dabura shales his head as he chuckles. "Would humans use their full strength to crush a pair of flies? I doubt it. But, given I am seldom a chance to battle, I will indulge your requests..." Dabura thrusts out both arms as electricity dances around him. "HAAAAAA!!!!!" The area around him began to quake as ripples flowed violently in the water below. Dabura lets his arm down, and an eerie calmness swept the vicinity. "So, are you both ready to die?"


[Everfree Forest - A few moments earlier - Tree of Harmony Cavern.]


"Hey, this is the place," Silverstream said.

"Um, are you sure?" Goten asks.

"They said they were going to the tree and that the tree was under attack," Gallus stated.

"Ok, so, where is this tree?" Trunks asked.

"Tree is gone," Yona said solemnly, holding a fragment of the tree.

A harp gasp got everyone's attention as the group turns to Ocellus. "It's head mare Twilight!!!"

The rest of the young students swarmed around the statues. "What happened to them?" Smolder asks.

"Are there any Cockatrice around?" Gallus asks with his head on a swivel.

"Can you change them back?" Smolder asked the changeling.

"I'll try..." Ocellus said, morphing into the poultry-lizard. Her eyes flashed red for a long time, but the effects of the elements remained unchanged. Dejected. Ocellus turns back to normal. "I-I can't break the spell..."

"Maybe, these are regular statues," Goten said, approaching the statue of Piccolo. "I mean, look, they didn't finish Piccolo's statue. The arm is missing," Goten gave the statue a few pats too many as it tips over and breaks against the floor. "Ah!!!"

"Smooth move, Goten! Whoever made that is going to be mad!" Trunks scolded.

The other student all paled at the implications of a shattered statue could mean. However, they all felt a sudden surge of Ki energy. "Hey, that's my brother!"

"And that's Spike too," Smolder said, albeit with less enthusiasm.

"And my dad, but something feels different," Trunks noted.

"Why are they so far out? It'll take forever to get there, and the fighting might be done by then," Trunks said.

"Well, if we want to save Cozy and find out what happens, we have to hurry," Gallus said. The young students and Saiyans nodded as they took off toward the battle.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu1iP7K59aY&list=PLSSqwuuD4fmvYuCeSKCk8B_BHfDs1E8YI&index=39

[Back on Earth]


"HAAA!!!" Dabura a red Ki blast with electricity dancing around it. Gohan brings up his guard, but the impact pushes him into the water. Spike charges in after him whilst Dabura prepared to do the same to him as well. However, Spike uses an afterimage to evade. Spike appears to his left and swipes his claws against Dabura's waist, seemingly cutting the demon king in half. It was merely a ruse as the two halves disappeared like Spike's afterimage. Spike grunts in annoyance connect with a sucker punch from the right. Spike spins with the momentum of Dabura's blow and slaps his tail against Dabura's cheeks. Before he could recover, Spike spews more flames upon Dabura. After a full minute of dosing the demon king in the fire, Spike ceases his attack. Unfortunately, he gave Dabura an opening as another Ki blast shot from the flames and slammed into Spike. Dabura disperses the flames to reveal himself unharmed. "I told once, lizard, you flames mean nothing to the Demon King!"

Instead of responding, Spike throws his forward in a mighty roar fueled with Ki energy. The shockwave shatters many of the stone pillars as Dabura shields himself. In the midst of Spike's attack, Gohan watches the ripples from under the water. 'Spike's keeping him busy. That frees me up for a surprise of my own...' Summoning two Ki orbs, Gohan fires them at Dabura while emerging from another position. The demon saw the incoming attacks and batted them away. However, he failed to stop Gohan from plunging his fist into Dabura's stomach. Spike came back into the fray and landed a right hook before he and Gohan rained down a series of punches and kicks. Despite being mildly disorientated, Dabura held his own. The three of them began flickering from several locations as the furious exchange continued, with Dabura steadily gaining the upper hand.

"Come on, Gohan. Vary it up a little more. You're falling into a predictable pattern!" Goku mutters.

"Look at him out there. Your boy's a disgrace!" Vegeta berated.

"Hey, Gohan is handling himself just fine!" Scootaloo defended.

"Oh, yes, because we can count on Gohan's mare friend to give unbiased insight toward the obvious. Just keep being a good little mare and defend her stallion shortcomings," Crystal chimed in, earning a scornful glare from Scootaloo. "Honesty, Gohan wield more power when he went berserk as a foal,"

"He does seem to be struggling more than the dragon is at the moment," Shade begrudgingly admitted.

Ember visibly winced as she spoke. "That might be true, but Spike is overly aggressive,"

"Their opponent is the demon king. Yakon and Pui-Pui were insects compared to him. He will not go down easily," Supreme Kai stated.

"I will admit that this Dabura guy is a lot better than we thought," Goku noted.

"Perhaps, but he's not invincible. Pathetic, It's as if the boy never fought a day in his life!" Vegeta added, growing more and more irritated.

Dabura thrust his arm forward and sent out a pulse that pushes both Gohan and Spike off of him. They quickly recovered and charged Dabura again. Dabura stops Spike with his hand and blocks Gohan's kick with a knee before the three vanished. Reappearing elsewhere, Dabura socks Gohan in the cheek while Spike lands a knee to his stomach. They vanished again only to appear with Dabura punching Spike against his snout as he blocks Gohan's fist with a free hand. They flickered again to create some separation as Spike and Gohan hover in the air while Dabura stands on the ground. Turning his back to them, Dabura waves them both on to the attack. Spike took the bait first, charging in with a growl, as Gohan follows. Dabura immediately turns around and spits two wads at them. The first landed on Spike's chest armor while the second wad fell on Gohan's glove.

"No! You mustn't let it touch your bare bodies!" Supreme Kai exclaimed.

Spike quickly breaks off his armor while Gohan slides off his glove. Both articles of clothing succumb to the petrification and break it apart. "Really? You tried that same trick again," Spike said.

"It worked well on the group in the cave, didn't?" Dabura reminded with a smirk. Spike snarls ad flickers to Dabura's position. The demon king was unprepared as Spike sends him flying with a right hook. Giving chase, Dabura grunted as he holds out his hands before summoning two blades. "Goodbye!" He brought his swords up in a cross pattern as Spike braces himself. There was a flash of white light as Dabura appears behind the drake. Spike looks on in confusion before his armbraces break off, revealing two grizzly slashes on his forearms.

"AAH!!!" Spike screams out.

"SPIKE!!!" Scootaloo and Ember shouted in concern.

"Oh, no!!!" Gohan stated before charging to Spike's aid.

"You didn't think I wouldn't pay you back for that scratch to made on me earlier, did you?" Dabura taunted.

"Tch!!!" Spike grunted out, clutching his arms.

"Don't worry; that pain is only the beginning!!!" Dabura whips around as Gohan came closer and slashes at the Saiyans head. He chuckles at the blow, but Gohan slowly raises his head with a stern glare.

"I got to say, you're a lousy barber," Gohan chuckles.

"Really? because I think you require a trim,"

"Then allow me to take more off the top!!!" Spike shouted, entering the battle again despite his injuries.

The three re-engaged again, but Dabura was holding a distinct advantage with his swords. Spike relied on his claws to deflect the blades' sting, while Gohan focused more on dodging. Every swing of his blade results in the landscape gaining a new scar. Stone pillars were sliced like butter while the ground found new trenches dug into it. Dabura was relentless as all Spike and Gohan could do was evade. Finally, the demon king appears above both of them with both blades primed to end the battle. In response, both Gohan and Spike flared their auras. Gohan manages to catch the blade between his hands. However, Spike surprises everyone and bites down on the other blade with his maw. The trio struggles to gain the advantage, even Dabura'a aura flowed from him in waves, but something had to give. Gohan shifts his weight and snaps the blade in half while Spike bites down harder and shatters the other sword into pieces. Dabura growls in frustration at the loss of both his weapons and stares down his opponents.

down with the rest of the Z fighters, Vegeta's aggregation finally boils over. "How long am I expected to watch this?! Alright! That's enough. Kakarot, call them back. I am taking over this fight!"

"What? Hold on, Vegeta. It's still their turn," Goku tried to reason, but Vegeta held firm.

"I don't care. I didn't cross the barrier between two worlds to watch this farce. You are my only concern. Did you think I cared at all about some tournament prizes or evil dwarfs!?" As Vegeta's rant continues, Dabura takes notice. "That's right; you are why I am here. This nonsense has dragged on long enough. Those two have had their chance!!!"

'Master Babidi. Return us to the ship. I discovered a golden opportunity,"

'Oh? A golden opportunity, you say?' Babidi replied curiously.

'Yes, with this information, Majin Buu's revival will go much faster,'

'Very well, you piqued my interest. A-BADA-PUH!!!'

Suddenly, they shift back to the ships' interior. The Z warriors went on alert as Dabura lands and steps through the door. "Where do you think you're going!?" Spike demanded.

Dabura laughs as he turns around. "Oh, don't worry. You are all far from done. There is simply no need for me to fight, not with a far better contender at our disposal," With one final laugh, Dabura walks through the door as it closes.

"Wait! Hold on!!!" Gohan exclaims.

"I don't believe this..." Supreme Kai utters in shock. "Dabura, King of the demon world, stepped away from a challenge!"

"But why?" Scootaloo asks.

"He said they have more contenders at their disposal," Shade recalled.

"Or perhaps the great demon king couldn't handle the pressure and ran off," Crystal stated.

"Spike, are you alright?" Ember asks, coming to his aid with a Senzu bean. "Here, you should eat this,"

"Tsk! Stupid bean," Spike snatches the bean from Ember's hand and eats it as his wound heals. The bean did nothing for his mood as he marches up and punches the door. "Get back out here, you coward!!!"

"Cool it, Spike, breaking the door won't help," Goku said.

"Then, what will?! Do we stand here with our fingers in our plots while those two throw everything under the sun at us? How does that help Twilight?!" Spike hollered.

"Hey, we'll help the girls and Piccolo. But, we can't do that if we let emotions get the better of us," spike huffs, but he takes his mentor's advice. "Now, I want to know why they pulled out of the fight?"

"It simply doesn't make sense. Dabura is Babidi's best fighter. There is no one else after him!" Supreme Kai asserted. "There's no conceivable way that a new fighter of that caliber would just drop into their laps at this stage!"

"Yeah, it doesn't feel right," Gohan added.

"Nothing feels right about this!" Vegeta said as he approaches Gohan. "I hope you're proud of yourself!"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, every time you throw down the gauntlet, you represent the Saiyan race. And you disgraced us with that pitiful performance!" Vegeta annotated his point by shoving Gohan backward. "Standing with the self-righteous look on your face, wondering what's going when the fight should already be finished! A warrior like Dabura should be dead. It is brute strength that determined a battle's outcome, not bleeding hearts that shy away from landing the decisive blow. Survival of the fittest! The dragon understands that much. You don't see him making a mockery of his species!" Spike couldn't hide the smirk adorning his features at that remark.

"That's enough, Vegeta. Gohan didn't--"

Vegeta's glare made Scootaloo stop in her tracks. "Your friend's lives were on balance, but you crumbled! They got turned to stone because they were weak. Is that the kind of fate you want for yourselves?" A shocking look spread across Gohan's features at that reminder. "Garden statues! They'll be lucky if someone turns them into a birdbath!"

"Calm down! No one could've predicted this outcome," Shade said.

"As if I listen to a pretender that was such an embarrassment that he had to steal Saiyan blood to even stand with us today! And still somehow manages to be dead weight!" Vegeta turns to Crystal, who stiffens slightly. "What about you, parasite? Do you have any excuse you wish to make?" Crystal wisely remained silent but turned her head in a scoff. "Every one of you is too soft. And I am tired of playing these games!!!" Vegeta holds out his hand and gathers his Ki, aiming down toward the ship's floor panel.

"What are you doing?" Ember asks in a panic!

"No more weak-hearted excuses! I'm taking over this operation - and for starters - I'm blowing this ship to kingdom come!!!"

"No, you hurt our cause more!" Scootaloo exclaims.

"She's right; you can't! The shock could free Majin Buu, making all of this effort for nothing!" Supreme Kai said urgently.

"Shut up!" Vegeta commanded.

"Maybe, we should scrap the ship. Why should we keep playing by Babidi's rules?" Spike asks.

Supreme Kai turns to the drake. "Because none of you understand the threat Buu presents. This world, Earth, the entire universe; all of it will be reduced to a barren wasteland at Buu's hands!!!"

Snarling, Vegeta points his attack at the Supreme Kai. "Enough! Now you listen to me; what happens to the universe is none of my concern. The strongest will find a way to survive, and the weaklings shall perish!!!"

Supreme Kai takes several steps back in horror. "...What kind of person are you...?"

Goku instantly flickers in front of Vegeta and grabs his hand. "Hye, cut it out; this has gone far enough!"

"How dare you!? You better let me go, Kakarot!"

"Come on, let's put what happened behind us and move forward from here!"

Vegeta pulls his and away and crosses his arms, turning away in a huff. "Fine, whatever you say, Kakarot!"

Supreme takes a breath of relief. "Now, we must figure out what Babidi is scheming! He needs your energy to revive Buu. I cannot fathom what fighter would be capable..." Supreme Kai lost his train of thought as his feature slowly morphed into horror. His gaze was resting solely on Vegeta. "...No, he is the one!!!"

At that moment, the room pulsed again, and two familiar faces appeared n the room. "Princess Celestia, Princess Luna?" Scootaloo asks in bewilderment.

episode 26: Slaves of Majin!!!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Babidi's Ship - A few moments earlier - Cozy Glow POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhmaHgocZoM

That Gera lady came as Lord Dabura said and sat in the corner. Even after Lord Dabura pointed out that her plan cost us good meatheads and muscle power, she still had that stupid smile on her face. I flew up to her face and let her know. "I hope you're proud of yourself. I lost my best meatheads because of you!"

"Your 'meatheads?'" Gera asked.

"I-I mean, Master Babidi's meatheads. But, I was in charge f those two. And your plan cost us Yakon and Pui-Pui. We were going to do friendship exercise!"

"As utterly ridiculous as that notion is, it is surprisingly good for moral. But that is beside the point," Babidi said, walking up to Gera in a threatening manner. "Next to Dabura, Yakon and Pui-Pui were my finest acquisitions, and your little plan has caused my harm than good!"

This was it. The master was going to pop her like a balloon. I hope he remembers to shield us. I don't want human bits in my mane. But, even as the master held up his hands, Gera wasn't shaking in fear. "I wouldn't say that. After all, these warrior's energy would undoubtedly revive Majin Buu. But that's only one part of it. You see, these warriors are worth far more than the ones we lost,"

"Is that right?" Master Babidi said.

I had to act fast so that she doesn't weasel her way out of trouble. "I don't know, master. She's obviously trying to stall to escape punishment. That's hardly fair for those that fought so hard for us," I gave the master my best cutesy face. Hopefully, he won't let this overgrown ape trick him.

"You do have a point, Cozy, but I am interested in what you mean," Master Babidi stated.

"Look at the battle, and you should see exactly what I mean," Gera said.

I blow my locks in frustration as we watched the fight. It was nothing special. Both of the Kai fighters weren't doing too good. I thought Gohan would be tougher, but I guess not. They went on and on until they were floating in the air. "I'm sorry, Master, but--"

"Master Babidi," Lord Dabura said inside our minds. It always feels weird when they do this. "I've made an interesting discovery. Take us back to the ship,"

"Bring you back? What is so important that you want to return?" Master Babidi asks.

"He probably found out that some of Kai's warriors are not like the others," Gera said. I could hear the smugness coming off her.

"Alright, then-- A-BADABA-PUH!!!" The master brought them all back as Dabura ignores their confusion and returns to us.

"You did great lord Dabura!" I reached into my pocket and put a red ribbon on his shirt. "You get the 'best effort' ribbon I made,"

Dabura looks at my ribbon with that stone face of his before he rips it up. "Cute,"

"Yes, it is very fetching. Gera has made a point for your reasoning for returning. Do you believe the fighters with the Kai can be swayed to our side? Or did you return to avoid getting pummeled?" Master Babidi asks.

"Fret not, master. Those two weren't anywhere closer to getting the drop on me. Back to the matter at hand, the Spiky-haired one dressed in blue. His heart is tainted in evil,"

"Vegeta is his name, and yes, he is far from what could be considered pure of heart. And he is not the only one," Gera said. "From my interactions, that purple dragon known as Spike has shown to be highly aggressive. Even toward his allies,"

"Yes, that dragon even went as far as attacking the boy to score a hit against me. Adding these two to the fold will be child's play,"

"Haha, well done, you two, well done. But why stop there? This planet has many malicious beings hiding under the surface," Master Babidi said, patting me on the head. "We'll save that bit fun for later, but I have been dying to see the results of my little side project. A-BADABA-PUH!!!" I hated that Gera still found a way to please the master. But, at least something good will happen in the next few moments.


[Leve 3 Room - Current time - Third Person POV.]


"Young Scootaloo? What has happened? Why are we here?" Princess Luna asked.

"How have we been brought here, and why?" Princess Celestia asked.

"This doesn't make sense. Why bring the princesses? Babidi has no sway over them--"

"AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!" Supreme Kai recoils as Celestia and Luna began screaming in agony while clutching their heads.

"Impossible!!!"

"RAAAA-AAAAAAARGH!!!" Spike hollerd out.

"SPIKE!!!" Ember calls out, rushing to her mate's side as he rolls against the floor. Ember tried to hold him, but Spike's thrashing grew more violent. She could feel their bond straining from an invading influence.

"AH-AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!" Vegeta quickly joins.

"What's happening?" Goku asked.

"Something's attacking me!!!" Vegeta grunted out.

"But where?" Scootaloo said while comforting the two princesses.

"INSIDE!!!"

"It's Babidi! He's trying to take over their minds and enslave them!" Supreme explains.

"Is there anything we can do?!" Shade asks in alarm, warily eyeing Princess Luna.

"No, they are struggling right now because of the evil in their hearts. They must expel his influence themselves!!!"

"But this is princess Celestia we're talking about-- she's the purest mare on the planet! And the elements cleaned Princess Luna! They don't have evil in their hearts!" Scootaloo argues, but the princess's screams intensified.

"Are we safe?" Shade asks in alarm. The last thing he wanted was to return to his wicked ways.

"Ha. Speak for yourself. Changelings invented mind probing and manipulation. Our minds are not so easily brought to heel," Crystal scoffs, but there was a tinge of nervousness in her voice.

"It is as I told you before. You must be strong in both mind and soul. Do you all understand!? Fight it! Fight him! Babidi has no claim on the innocent!" Supreme Kai urges.

Vegeta threw his arms out as he transforms before doubling over. "What are you talking about?! I am not innocent!"

"Come on, Princess Luna, you're not Nightmare Moon anymore! You've changed. You help ponies - no - every creature deal with their nightmares!" Scootaloo pleaded.

"A-A nightmare takes many forms, Scootaloo. It is not as simple as you believe...!," Luna said in a strained tone. Scootaloo's eyes widen as Luna's fur began to take a darker shade. Scootaloo rushes over to Celestia to try with her.

"Princess Celestia, please get up. Princess Luna needs you! We can't lose her again!!!"

"B-Banished her. My fault..." Celestia mumbled. Scootaloo was at a lot for words as her once aurora colored mane became a fiery orange. Her pupils resembled that of a dragon, and the whites of her eyes appear almost like scorched earth. "...No! It was their fault!"

Meanwhile, Ember was having similar trouble. Spike continued to thrash against the ground, letting out a pained series of grunts. "Spike. Fight it. You are the prince consort to the dragonlord! Dragons don't do slavery. We are the unyielding flame. You are my emerald flame!" Even appealing while trying to appeal to his pride as a dragon, Spike continued to writhe in pain. "...Please. Whatever is going on, we can fix it. I don't want to lose you..."

Just then, a rune appears on his chest as his scales flickered to a darker shade of purple and yellow. Ember's eyes shot open before she summons the bloodstone specter. Floating it over Spike, Ember breathes her breath into the gemstone. At the same time, Spike's emerald fire escapes his aw and flows into the specter. It was a ritual that reaffirms the soulbond they performed, hoping that Ember can beat back Babidi's magic by strengthening their bond. To Ember's horror, only her flame stayed a consistent, steady stream, whereas Spike's was barely a thin line growing weaker by the second. Spike's physical change started to increase, as well. Bone protrusion sprouted from his elbows and knees. Two large tusks grew out of his cheeks as Spike turned over. The skin above his deltoid pulse and push to the surface until two leathery wings burst out from his back. Upon the drake's forehead was the Majin insignia flicker on and off.

All four rose into the air as magic and ki radiated off of them. A sphere of yellow and indigo magic covered the royal sisters' forms while Spike and Vegeta's aura's flared out with electricity bouncing off of them. The sphere was the first to break as Celestia and Luna fell to the ground. Spike and Vegeta were more graceful. But Vegeta was hunched over while Spike collapses to his knees. Vegeta stood up slowly as his panting morphed into chuckling. To everyone's collective horror, the Majin symbol was prominently displayed upon his forehead. Ember ignores the turned prince and rushes to Spike's side but stops short, and Spike begins to raise his head. The prominent M alone filled the Dragoness with sadness, but it was who the drake before now that gripped her heart with dread. Her blood - the ancestry of Torch - screamed at her to get away. As the drake fully stood and the two eyes met, there was no longer any doubt.

"Spi-Roh!" Ember whispered.

"Who?" Goku asked cautiously. "Spike! Hey, come on, say something,"

"..." Spi-Roh didn't acknowledge him. Instead, he began sniffing the air. For a few seconds, this action went on before he stops and faces Ember with a wicked gleam in his eye. "It's been a while, Torch - or rather - Torche's hatchling,"

At the same time, Scootaloo was backing away from the visage of Nightmare Moon. that is until the supposed mare of the moon spoke. "Do not flee, Young Scootaloo. I am fine. The change is only physical," Nightmare Moon said.

"What?" Scootaloo asks in confusion. However, she maintained her distance. "But, why do you look like--"

"Well, that's surprising. I was under the impression that you're heart was once plagued by jealousy," Babidi chimed in, cutting Scootaloo off.

"I have had a thousand years to overcome such feelings, cretin!"

"Perhaps some alicorns are stronger than others," Scootaloo could practically see the smug smile on Babidi's face. "Isn't that right, dear?"

Scootaloo felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked up and placed at the sight. PrincessCelestia was smiling down at her, except it was the princess that she knew. Her teeth resembled that of a predator instead of a herbivore. Her mane and tails shimmered like wildfire. There was no feeling of kindness in her smile, only a malicious glee to cause harm. The main insignia rested upon a new crown that changed with her body and attire.



"Don't fret, my subject, I'll save you from this nightmare," Celestia giggled.

Scootaloo smacks her hand away as she jumps back. She looks between the two rulers and saw that Nightmare didn't have the letter M stamped on her forehead. "B-But, how could Princess Celestia turn into this!?"

"Oh, to be so young and naive. Suppose my 'dearest sister' can become Nightmare Moon. Then I can most certainly turn into this..." Celestia summons a miniature sun in her palm before crushing it with ease. "...Daybreaker!"

"Even if that's true, my sister wouldn't fall to such corruption!" Nightmare Moon stated firmly.

"Under normal circumstances, I suppose, but I've had quite some time fiddling with this one. No doubt that Kai has told you how I operate when I claim others for my usage and how I can manipulate the latent evil of their hearts. Too bad he didn't tell you that evilness is only one of many requirements. Sure, it makes it much easier, but I can turn you into my pawn with just the slither of doubt or the greatest of regrets. Luckily, your princess had those in spades! The shame in failing to protect her little sister. The doubt she has as a ruler. The paranoia she felt from everyone close to her at your betrayal. And all that glorious loneliness, anger, and anguish she's carried for a thousand years! All of that blended perfectly into the new pony you see before you now, thanks to my magic. Haven't wondered why she has gotten so many headaches?"

Nightmare Moon gritted her teeth. Knowing that some of the wizards' words are true and that she shares the blame for her jealousy, Luna's magic pulsed threateningly. "I'll flay you till your bones are exposed!!!"

As Nightmare took a step forward, a blast of solar magic zooms past her head. She turns back to Daybreaker, who smiles deviously back at her. "My, such anger issues. Are you still whining about not being the center of attention? You haven't changed,"

"Hey, you're scoffing up my ship! Let's give you all some breathing room. A-BADABA-PUH!!!"


[EAT Colosseum.]


The spectators all gasp at the sudden return of the princesses and a few others. Cadence and Shining Armor, as well as the other rulers, all approach them. "Princess Celestia, Princess Luna. We were worried about your sudden disappearance. Videl came ack and told Twilight, and the others were turned to stone!" Cadence said.

"Cadence! Stay back!!!!" Scootaloo commanded, stopping them in their tracks.

"You need to evacuate everyone right now!" Gohan stated.

"You all under some duress, but what has caused this stress?" Chief Zomboiyay asked.

"Where did you all go?" King Razor Claw asked.

"Why do the princesses appear different now?" Queen Cream Puff asks.

"And what the hay happen to Dash?" Gilda asks, scanning the crowd, but found no traces of her prismatic friend.

"What happened when you went to the tree," Shining asks.

"Ambassador!" King Iron Hoof addressed. "Perhaps an explanation is in order,"

Rain shine was the only one that stayed back as her eyes stay fixated on the lunar princess. The Kirin ruler's expression made Nightmare flinch as others began to take notice. Murmurs went off as a pit of worry grew on Nightmare's features. Daybreaker was quick to pick up on this too. "Beware, my little ponies, the Mare in the moon has returned!" This declaration got the desired effect as panic began to rise from the equestrians. Even the other rulers backed away in fright.

"Don't listen to her! Princess Celestia is not of sound mind!" Shade stated.

"Really?" Daybreaker said. Her horn alit with magic as she waves her hand. She dispels both Shade's and Crystal's disguise as even more shocks go off. "And she is not alone, my ponies, the person before you is King Sombra and Queen Chrysalis. They returned to enslave us all!"

"Cancerous cow!" Chrysalis spat.

"Thank Thorax for sharing the secret to expose rogue changeling,"

"Actually--"

Thorax began, but Pharynx spoke first. "No! That isn't true. Something has happened to the solar princess. Your emotion is twisted - gone is the soothing warmth you exude - replaced with a cruel and arrogant heart!"

"Well done, son," Chrysalis praised.

"Soothing warmth?" Thorax asked.

"Not now, and, you!" Pharynx pointed at his mother. "You will explain whatever black magic brought you back!"

Daybreaker pouted at this. "Spoilsport. You could've let the pleasant panic some more,"

"Auntie?" Cadence asked, sounding hurt.

"See? Princess Celestia would never call her subjects pleasant or exclude the other species. She's got turned into a nightmare version of herself. It's the same goons responsible for the disappearance too!" Scootaloo exclaimed.

It was at this time; Cadence notices the Majin symbol over Celestia's forehead. "Auntie, why do you have that letter on your forehead?"

"Come now, Cadenza, you're a smart mare. Figure it out," Daybreaker said with a gleefully smile. A slow realization donned on Cadence's features that made Daybreaker smile wider. "Aw, there it is, that stunning cognizance in full bloom. Go on, say something like 'no, it' not true' or 'this is impossible!'"

"...Celestia..."

"It's Queen Daybreaker now,"

Over with Ember, the dragonlord hasn't said a word; rather, she could not find the words. Here was a long time rival to her very bloodline standing in place of her mate. 'It can't be true. Spike isn't related to that monster. but, his scent, energy, everything has changed!' Spi-Roh smirks as he took a step forward, causing Ember to take a step back.

"Ember. Why are you running away from me? I'm your mate remember," Ember's wide-eyed expression never changed as she shook her head. "Do you mean to spur me? Are you sure that's a good idea?"

"Y-You're not my mate. You're not Spike! You're just a trick from that wizard-- A fake!!!"

Spi-Roh lets out a chuckle. "Something tells me you don't believe that. I bet your blood is screaming at you right now. I wonder if Torch feels the same. That unmistakable chill flowing through your body. We should go and visit dear old dad, shouldn't we?'

Ember continues to retreat until she stumbles to the ground. Her vision narrows on Spi-Roh as his hand gets closer. however, Goku appears in between the two as he glares down t his pupil. "I don't know what to make of all this, but I can tell she doesn't want to go off with you. You're stronger than this, Spike,"

"You got the wrong drake, Goku. I'm known as Spi-Roh," Goku arches a brow at the way Spi-Roh addressed him. "What? Was I suppose to say, master? We're past that little moment of weakness," Spi-Roh flexes his hand and tries to swipe at Goku. However, Vegeta appears and grabs his arm. "Hey, what-- Guh!?"

Spi-Roh hunches over as Vegeta buries his fist into the drakes stomach. "Foolish lizard. You should know not to mess with another's quarry!" Turning around, Vegeta aims his palm at Goku's chest. "It's time, Kakarot!"

"Vegeta, NO!" Goku exclaimed, but it was too late. Vegeta fires an intense Ki blast at Goku, who barely got his hard up in time. The blast pushed him to the edge of the colosseum until the force knocks Goku out of the way. The blast continued until it struck against the protective barrier. Atlas, it was no much for a Super Saiyan's powers and blew it, and a large portion of the spectators stand away.

"NOO!!!" Cadence screamed out in horror. The rest of the spectators went into a full-blown panic as they rushed out of the colosseum.

"He didn't..." Scootaloo mutters in disbelief. She began frantically looking for her friends when she found them in the fighter stands from when they first left their seats.

"You fiend!" Nightmare Moon spat.

"Tch. Show off," Spi-Roh grunted.

Goku floated in the air with his mouth agape before he landed. He set a hard glare at Vegeta, who appeared proud of his actions. "Shame on you! The Vegeta I know would never have done that!"

"Perhaps you don't know me as well as you think. One way or another, you will fight me, Kakarot!"

"Alright, this madness has gone on long enough!" Hercule stated, marching up to our heroes. "This entire tournament has been one sham. If you're doing all this for the publicity, then I can't wait to talk to your publicist! The moment you start to hurt my fans is the moment Hercule is going Mr. Satan on you!"

"Oh, joy. We get to hear the loudmouth fraud prattle his ignorance," Daybreaker said in a wry tone.

Hercule's expression quickly morphed into indignant anger. "Now you listen--"

"Silence!" Vegeta said curtly, shutting Hercule up. "So, how about it, Kakarot? Shall we begin? Or do you want to pile on more bodies onto your conscience?"

"Vegeta! Think about what you're saying, what you're doing!" Scootaloo pleaded, but Vegeta merely laughs.

Goku's eyes widen at that. "...You didn't!" Vegeta laughs some more with Daybreaker and Spi-Roh joining him. "How sad. I'm surprised and disappointed in you three. I didn't think you were all weak enough to be controlled,"

"Dad, don't!" Gohan said with concern.

"I do not think this is the course we should take!" Shade tensed, worried that more antagonization might lead to more deaths.

Sadly, Goku ignored them. "Well, answer me, all of you! Do you let yourselves be slaves?!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJVYGUjsgjw

Vegeta didn't say a word. With a smile on his face, he pointed his hand to the right and fires another blast. Scootlaoo was the first to react as she used the Kaioken to outpace the attack. She tried to stop with her bare hands, but the blast was too strong. Thankfully, Gohan powers up and kicks the blast away. Scootaloo gave him a grateful smile, but that turned to horror as another blast sailed right past them and destroyed more of the colosseum. More screams of pain and death went off as Vegeta sends Goku and the group a sinister smirk.

"Tell me, is it slavery when you get what you want?" Vegeta stated.

"Would you please stop incinerating my pleasants! How am I to rule over a kingdom of ash?" Daybreaker asked in an annoyed tone. She turns to the other rulers, who stood frozen in shock as she smiles. "Good thing there are more lands for the taking,"

Cadence fell to her knees at the actions taken and the words her aunt spoke. All the nation's rulers backed away. Shining Armor rallied some guard personnel as they took defensive positions around their charges. Cadence barely noticed this as tears began to fall. "...Auntie. You can't mean that..." She whimpered.

"I only want what's best for them, Cadey. They can't possibly handle the burden of ruling on their own,"

Nightmare Moon teleports herself in front of the rulers as she stared down at her sister. "You always knew how to tell sweet lies, sister!"

"You'll pay for this!!!" Pharynx shouted. He was bout to charge until Chrysalis teleported in his path. "What are you doing?!"

"Saving your foolish life. You cannot face them," Chrysalis hissed.

"Why do you care? You abandon the hive," Thorax reminded.

Chrysalis scoffs at this. "You all abandoned me to play nice with the ponies. You lost your edge, and this is the result," Despite her words, Chrysalis's hand was trembling in fury as she felt multiple changelings' link severed. Her command of the have may have ended poorly, but they were still her progeny.

Goku seethed with rage while surveying the damage. He slowly turns back to Vegeta with a disdainful frown. "Enough of this. Don't you realize what you've done!?" Sombra shouted, standing between Goku and Vegeta.

Vegeta growls in response and waves his hand, releasing a shockwave that knocks Sombra to his back. "Stay out of this, pretender! This is between that circus clown and me over there!"

"Circus clown? Well, that's a new one..." Goku said as he transforms.

Supreme Kai immediately jumps between them now. "Stop it, Goku. If you fight him here, you will be doing precisely what Babidi wishes. Every injury you sustain will be brought back to the ship, and Buu's revival will be assured,"

"Tell me Vegeta; with that stamp on your head, I can tell Babidi's been giving you orders. Is this one of them, or is it the same story between you and me, which is it!?"

"Does it matter anymore?" Spi-Roh asked in frustration.

"Maybe not to any of you, but for a warrior, it matters greatly," Vegeta responded. "And you know this as well as I do, Kakarot. In a day, you'll be back to the dead. And I will not miss this opportunity!"

Finally fed up, Supreme Kai spoke. "Who are you, people!? Don't you see that the universe mates more than your meaningless rivalry!"

"Meaningless, huh!?!" Vegeta's aura fares out that It blows back the Supreme Kai. "What do you know of meaningless!?!?! Spend most of your life ruled by another - watch your race dwindle to a handful - and then, tell me what has more meaning than your strength!? I have in me the blood of a Saiyan prince! He is nothing but a joke! Yet, I had to watch him surpass me in strength! My destiny has been thrown to the wayside. He-he's even saved my life as if I was a helpless child! He has stolen my honor, and that debt must be paid!!!!"

Everyone stood in stunned silence after Vegeta's proclamation. No one knew what to make of it. Goku hardens his glare until he threw his back and shouted. "BABIDI! TAKE US TO A PLACE AWAY FROM THE BYSTANDERS! IF YOU GIVE ME THAT, THEN, I WILL FIGHT VEGETA!!!"

"Awe!!!" Vegeta laughs in satisfaction.

episode 27: The Stage is Set!!!"

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[EAT Colosseum - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBRBxXKYXqI

"What the heck is going on down there!?" Krillin asked.

"Nothing good, I can tell you that much," Yamcha said with a frown. "Vegeta is totally off his rocker!!!"

"...I know that look!" 18 said with narrowed eyes.

"Whatever's going on, we need to hurry with the evacuation. Otherwise, more people are going to die!" Krillin stated.

"Shouldn't we head down there?" Yamcha asked. "N-not that I'm volunteering or anything like that. But, Crystal and the other world leaders are down there in the thick of it,"

Krillin shoots his friend a deadpan look. "And you say you're not still into her. In any case, we'll get in the way. Besides, Goku can handle this, and he's not alone,"

Back in the arena, the Supreme kai walks in between Goku and Vegeta. "...So be it..." He spreads his arms out and narrows his eyes at Goku. "If you believe that this is the best course of action, then you must go through me!"

Goku's features hadn't wavered since his declaration as he stares back at the kai. "Don't do this, Supreme kai,"

"Goku, I am afraid I have no choice!"

Goku let his arms fall to his side as he slowly brings up one hand. "...Neither do I..." Everyone, including Vegeta, was surprised to see Goku gather his Ki into his palm with the intent to harm.

"Dad?! You can't!!!" Gohan said in horror.

"Wait!" Scootaloo said, jumping to her master's side. "Goku, please, think about this!"

"..." Goku said nothing. "...Scootaloo, stand back!"

"Threatening creatures--"

"Now!"

The sharpness of Goku's tone was enough to make Scootaloo recoil. Her ears splayed across her head as she complied. "Nice work, 'master," Spi-Roh mocked. "Who knew you had such a mean streak?"

"Spike, be quiet!" Goku said.

Spi-Roh chuckles as he wags his fingers. "I already told, we're past that stage. And--"

Spi-Roh took one look at Goku's features and knew to remain silent. From his memories as Spike, he knew his usual fun-loving mentor was gone, and in his place was a warrior he couldn't hope to match. He knew this, as did everyone present, even the Supreme Kai. He lowers his arms in defeat and steps aside. "...Alright, you win..."

"...I'm sorry, Supreme Kai," Goku offers.

"As am I,"

The plane shifts again as the Z warriors, and Babidi's minions vanished as quickly as they came. Cadence didn't know to process anything. Her aunts had seemingly become nightmare versions of themselves, yet Luna was supposedly good, and Celestia evil. The world leaders were left in a stupor. And the colosseum lays in ruin with an unknown number of casualties from the wake of Vegeta's sudden attack. Cadence felt a hand on her shoulder as Shining Armor comforts her. Cadence stood firm as she faced the other rulers and spoke with authority.

"Shining. Go and coordinate the guards. Help escort the audience to safety,"

"We will also need a tally of the actual casualties we suffered..." Shining Armor says solemnly. As he left, the queen of prance steps up to Cadence.

"As well a good explanation of what just transpired!" Queen Cream Puff stated harshly.

"As Scootaloo said, the one behind the recent disappearance has made their move. We've discussed this beforehand. The tournament this year was a front to lure them out,"

"And one of the ambassadors' friends is in league with them, along with the return of several enemies of equestrian," King Iron Hoof noted.

"We don't know all the details--"

"What else is there to know?" King Razor Claw asked. "Are we going to ignore what we saw, what that man had done!?"

"The visage of two nightmares appeared here today. Something has happened that did not go the royal sister's way," Chief Zomboiyay said.

Cadence lets an irritated sigh. "I know how this looks, but the fact remains we are In the dark. The situation is beyond what we expected. It's bad enough that several villains - two of which were gone due to banishment and death - have returned. And the apparent return of Nightmare Moon and the corruption of Princess Celestia is startling..." Cadence hesitated for a moment. "But, are we in a position to do anything about if even half of what we saw is true?" The other leaders fell silent. "Twilight and the others have been turned to stone, and no de-petrification spell is working. The elements have been destroyed. And the one responsible for all of this s currently out of our reach. We can only hope Goku and Scootaloo can resolve this. Right now, our subjects need their rulers!"


[Dragonlands - Volcanic Planes.]


Our heroes reappear on rocky terrain—thick smoke billows from open lava pits as smog and soot-filled their lungs. A geyser of molten rock shot up high into the air while splashing embers against the ground in the background. "We're in the Dragonlands now," Ember noted.

Spi-Roh spreads his arms out wide as he inhaled. "I love the smell of burning sulfur. But, I think it's missing something," Spi-Roh flexed his claws as he turns to our heroes. "Oh, yeah, burning flesh adds a more pleasant aroma,"

"So what do you think, Kakarot? Is this place a better location for your grave?" Vegeta asks.

"The smell of sulfur, lava pits, rough terrain. Yeah, this spot is perfect," Goku replied.

"The stage is set!" Vegeta hunches over as he smiles at Goku with glee. "Now, let us begin,"

"Yes, let's begin..." Supreme Kai mutters. He looks back at Goku with a smile that surprised everyone else. "Since I can't prevent you from fighting, our only recourse is to reach the inner sanctum of the ship and confront Babidi. After all the time I spent tracking Majin Buu, I will finally advert him with my own hands!"

Supreme Kai motions to destroy the floor panel, but Babidi's voice chimed in again. "Getting ahead of yourself, aren't you, kai? Now, minions, destroy the kai!" Babidi commanded. The Majin symbol glowed on each of the enslaved foreheads as Spi-Ro and Daybreaker moved to intercept, save for Vegeta. Babdidi was quick to notice and increased the power of his command. The Saiyan prince clutches his head in agony as Babidi's voice boomed in his head. "You mustn't let the Kai live any longer! Kill him, Vegeta, KILL HIM!!!"

Vegeta fell to the ground as the stamp on his forehead flickered with intensity. However, to everyone's shock, Vegeta defied his master. "I refuse! Your business with the Kai means nothing to me! Kakarot is my only objective!"

"That's very amusing, Vegeta, but I am serious! By every fiber of your being, I command you to kill the Kai now!!!"

Vegeta clutches his head some more while everyone watches. "What's happening now?" Chrysalis asked.

"Babidi's entered his mind again!" Supreme Kai responded.

"AH! Get out of my head!"

"My, my, defying the master already? You are a stubborn one," Daybreaker tittered.

"Which is pointless. How can the puppet fight the strings attached?" Spi-Roh asked.

"Shut up! I won't be distracted from this anymore. You may lord over these weaklings. You may have invaded my mind and m body. But there's one a Saiyan always keeps; HIS PRIDEEEE!!!!!!" Vegeta's Ki flares intensely as wisps of energy shot out from his body. Hs discharged forced everyone to shield themselves as the ground shook.

Vegeta was left panting from his exertion as the Supreme Kai spoke. "What kind of strength allows someone to fight back and defy their possessed body?!"

"Say what you want, but Vegeta is hardcore!" Scootaloo praised.

"Tsk. Just a dog that doesn't know how to obey," Spi-Roh scoffs.

"You know what?" Scootaloo suddenly said, taking an aggressive stance. "I'm getting real sick of that maw of yours! I'll give you the fight you want so bad!"

"You? Seriously? You know that I've always been the strongest between the two of us. You're only the champion because I allowed it. I think it's time I remind you of that," Just then, Gohan and Ember moved to Scootaloo's side. Spi-Roh lets out an annoyed sigh. "Seriously?"

"No, Gohan, you step back," Goku suddenly said.

"Huh, why?" Gohan asked.

"You need to go with the Supreme Kai and stop Babidi,"

Gohan nods his head but then looks down in reluctance. "Are you sure I can do this? Dabura is going to be there, and I barely put a scratch on him..."

Goku walks up to his son and places a comforting hand on his shoulder. "You can't think that way. And you put up a decent fight," Gohan seemed to get more dejected as Goku sighs. "Listen, you can't doubt yourself. You already have all the power you need, like the time you faced Cell. All you have to do is remember what's at stake, and you'll do fine,"

Gohan felt a gentle velvet touch against his back. He looks back to see an orange wing caressing him. "You got this, Gohan. We'll be right behind you once I'm done beating some sense into Spike!"

"You won't be alone in this endeavor," Sombra said, walking to the Supreme Kai's side.

"Are you sure about this? You've seen Dabura in action," Supreme Kai said.

"True, but my skill set might be better suited against the wizard than right here,"

"Are you sure you don't want to stay, Sombra?" Daybreaker asks. "We haven't had time to catch up. And I want to rectify the mistake of letting you live!"

Daybreaker lunges forward as she summons her weapon. However, an emerald shield blocks her path as she jumps back. Turning to the caster, Daybreaker smirks as Chrysalis stands in her way. "I must say, 'Daybreaker,' this look suits you far better than that boring old facade of Princess Celestia. Had you taken this form when we battled at Canterlot during the wedding, then you might've been a decent challenge. Then again, seeing your fall is exactly why ponies are inferior in the first place,"

"This coming from the disgraced queen that lost to those very same inferior ponies time and again. You even had to leave the planet with your tail between your legs - only to be beaten again - so whose the real inferior one here?"

Luna lands beside Chrysalis with an outstretched arm, barring her from attacking. "If you wish to settle old debts with my sister, then you will assist me in stopping her,"

"Really? Nightmare Moon is asking for help? How utterly pathetic of you, sister,"

"You are hardly in a position to pass such judgment, sister!" Luna spat. "Never in my wildest nightmares would I believe you could fall to this extent!"

"Fall? This is my rise! Do you have any idea the elation I feel now that the master freed me from that boring image I had to maintain? Oh, wait, you can't. You spent that time on that fat hunk of rock. I see now that banishment is far too light punishment for those that threaten my rule. This time, your punishment shall be far steeper..."

The floor panel opens up again as Supreme Kai looks back. "...Another invitation from Babidi, it seems,"

"Could it be a trap?" Gohan asks.

"Oh, it's a trap," Spi-Roh stated from across the field.

"It's the last level so that it will be the most guarded. We should expect more opposition this time," Sombra said, all three of them promptly ignoring Spi-Roh's attempts to goad them.

"Alright, Dad, I guess we're off," Gohan said.

"Take care, Gohan. I don't have to tell you a lot is riding on this," Goku said with a smile. Goku starts to fish inside his sash and gives Gohan a Senzu bean. "Good luck, son,"

"Thanks, we'll do what we can,"

"Don't worry, son. Just remember to fight with your feelings. That's always been your greatest weapon,"

"Yeah, remember everyone we're fighting for, and show the power of friendship!" Scootaloo added.

"Urgh! I regret ever implying those ridiculous sentiments!" Daybreaker groaned.

"You'll come to regret a lot in the next few seconds," Chrysalis stated.

"I missed hearing from you, dad. It's a shame this one day you're back got so screwed up, but I'm glad that you're here," Gohan said gratefully. Goku sends a bright smile in response. The trio nods to each other and enters through the hole.

"Now that the peanut gallery is out of the way..." Vegeta trailed off as Goku grits his teeth.

"Yeah, I'm ready now!" Goku growls loudly as he threw his arms up above his head and to his sides as lightning danced around his form. His spiky hair became sharper and more defined, with only a single bang remaining in front of his face.

"Erk! What!?" Daybreaker exclaims as she and everyone else shield themselves from Goku's intense aura.

"Sir Goku! How?!" Luna said in awe.

"Tsk!" Spi-Roh said through gritter teeth.

Unlike his partners, Vegeta smirks at this development. "I see that being dead for so long hasn't made your body fragile. At least now you're stronger than your son was against Cell-- HAAAA-RAAAAH!!!!" Vegeta quickly mimics Goku as electricity dances around his form as well.

"Whoa, Vegeta too!!!" Sootaloo exclaimed.

"Why not? They're both freaks of nature!" Chrysalis commented.

Even Goku found himself shocked at Vegeta's progress. "Wow, Vegeta, this might take longer than I thought!"

"You see!!! This is our fate, our battle!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRnMzTtE95U

Vegeta lunges forward and begins throwing several punches aimed at Goku's head. The Saiyan from earth was startled at first but easily manages to dodge them. Vegeta's barrage continued until he slams his knee into Goku's stomach and drove his elbow into Goku's back. Goku fell to the ground near Scootaloo as she rushes to his aid. However, Spi-Roh charges forward with his claws primed as he swipes at the pegasus head. Scootaloo saw the glint from his claws and grabs him by the wrist. But, the dragons' momentum still pushes them over a riverine. Scootaloo means back and kicks Spi-Roh off of her. However, the drake recovers and infuses his claws with ki energy before sending several waves at her. Scootaloo jumps over the first one while weaving between two more. For the last one, Scootaloo chops the attack in two. Sadly, Spi-Roh vanished during the distraction. The drake in question reappears behind her and lands an overhead strike, sending Scootaloo careening into the lava below. Thankfully for the EAT champ, Ember erects a barrier around her, saving her from the molten rock. Ember stares back at her mate with the Bloodstone specter glowing intensely.

"You're intent of going against me, huh?" Spi-Roh asked. "Does the soulbond mean nothing now?"

"...My bond is with Spike. You are nothing but a puppet of that Babidi!" Ember said as she drops her shield around Scootaloo.

Spi-Roh wags his finger at her. "You see this?"



Spi-Roh gestures to the rune circle on his chest. "It's a sealing spell that's bound by an archaic rune. When I came to Equestria to gain a foothold against dear old dad, I ran into the pony sisters. Could you believe Torch tipped them off? Coward," Ember growled at this, but it went ignored. "Naturally, I was ready to raze Equestria to the ground, but that didn't happen. The ponies stood against me with their armies, princesses, and pillars - using those stupid trinkets on me - thus regressing my age till I was an egg again. But that indignity wasn't enough, no, no, no. They went the extra mile and put this rune on my egg, suppressing my consciousness to their whims! I was aware of everything behind this seal. I almost wished they smash me because what they did next was a fate worse than death! Celestia - in all her infinite wisdom - put my egg up as some prize for any foal to crack open as one of her tests! I could still see Twilight jumping around in joy when she passed!"

"So, you're the egg Twilight hatch! That means..." Scootaloo trailed off, the implication donning on her.

"My egg was the one Twilight hatch, not spike's. In fact, you could say Spike never existed,"

"That's a lie!!!" Ember snarls vehemently. "I would've sensed you when we formed our bond!"

"I think you did, and you were just lying to yourself,"

As the three measure each other, Vegeta came flying past them as his body hits the ground below while forming a trench from the impact. Goku appears behind Spi-Roh as he glares down at Vegeta. The possessed Saiya prince smirks up at his rival as he flares his Ki causing debris to fly everywhere. Vegeta shot off the ground as Goku met his charge. The two exchange blows to the face. The two Saiyan warriors begin their clash anew before Vegeta gains the upper hand, pelting Goku's stomach with a combination of punches. Finishing his assault with a knee strike, Vegeta slammed his elbow to the back of Goku's head. Goku, in turn, threw a left hook into Vegeta's side. Moving behind the Siyan prince, Goku sends Vegeta flying again with a roundhouse kick to his back. Finally, seeing a lull in the two Saiyan's fight, Spi-Roh spews fire at his mentor. However, Ember appears in its path and spews her flames as well. The two attacks met as both dragons struggled to win. Spi-Roh's flame began to push Ember's back, but Scootaloo rejoins the fight with two orbs in her hands. She mashes one into her fellow student's head as it explodes on impact and ceases his attack. The second orb drilled into his stomach as it expanded and blew Spi-Roh into the lava. Ember and Scootaloo stood side by side as they try and locate him.

Elsewhere on the field, Luna and Chrysalis crossed weapons with Daybreaker. The solar alicorn pushed her sister and changeling queen away. Daybreaker wielded two gladius swords made from magical constructs. Luna wielded a spear, while Chrysalis had a whip. Luna fires a beam spell that Daybreaker jumps away from; however, Chrysalis crack the whip at Daybreaker. It wraps around the solar alicorn whips as Daybreaker looks at her in disgust. Dispelling one of her constructs, Daybreaker grabs the whip and pulls it toward her. Chrysalis jerks upwards, but she fires a beam of magic. Daybreaker counters by erecting a shield that sent the beam back to its sender. Chrysalis's eyes widen, but Luna intercepts the attack with a beam of her own. Luna looks back at her sister only to find her manic visage inches away from her as she brought down her weapons. Luna barely manages to block them as she struggled to hold her sister at bay. Chrysalis chose that moment to crack her whip again. However, Daybreaker's horn glows brief, and a good light flashed against her wings. Flaring them outward, a shower of light rained down on the former changeling. Chrysalis barely brings up her guard as the attack covers her form. Luna lets out a grunt as she pushes her sister away. She looks down at Chrysalis to see smoke covering the area.

"Such a pest, isn't she?" Daybreaker asks coyly.

"..."

"I am curious about something, baby sister. Why have you become Nightmare Moon if the master's magic hasn't affected you?

"...Does it matter?"

"I believe it does. That would mean your little tantrum a thousand years ago was nothing but that; a pretty little tantrum and cry for attention. I bet you came up with the whole goth and split personality routine to shift the blame. Too bad it ended with you being put in extended time out. I could finally have some peace of mind,"

"And what of your transformation, sister? If the wizard's words are to be taken truthfully, then your fall came at performing your duties. Was it hard having your subjects come to you for every little thing?"

"Please. The world would've fallen apart a thousand times over if not for me. They whine and complain about petty matters, 'save us, princess. We can't farm these lands because the buffalo are loud.' Or they try to use for their agenda; 'look, princess, we are the wealthiest of the land. Let us kiss your flanks more.' You can never trust any of them. You give them land. They want more of it. You give them kindness and patience only to be tested. You give them wisdom, and they try to tell you what they believe works. Well, I will suffer them no more. From now on, I will rule as I wish for all species on this planet,"

Luna shakes her head in response. "Yet, you are being used, sister. The wizard means to rule everything. He will not settle for anything less than full control. Nor will he share his ill-gotten gains. I am sorry my actions led to this outcome. I never thought they would shake you to this extent,"

"Of course, you didn't. You were out looking out for yourself. But, I must confess that this feeling is liberating! All those pesky concerns, doubts, insecurities washed away. I never felt so free!!!"

At that moment, Chrysalis' whip shot out and wraps around Daybreaker's neck. The whip went taut as the changeling queen pulls the corrupted alicorn down to the ground. Daybreaker land harshly on her wings as she gasps out in pain before Chrysalis pulls on her whip again. "How are you feeling now?" Chrysalis asked as Daybreaker flies towards her. She drives her heel into Daybreaker's stomach before stomping down hard. Standing above her foe, Chrysalis leers down at the angered alicorn. Daybreaker's horn flared to life, but Chrysalis spat her changeling mucus over her horn, cutting off the mana. Raising her hand, Chrysalis gathers magic for an offensive spell. Having seen what the changeling was about to do, Luna teleports to her and grabs her hand.

"What are you doing, cur!?" Luna seethed, her hor glowing in a threatening manner.

Chrysalis scoffs at the night princess's reaction. "What's it look like? I'm eliminating a threat. You are pulling your punches, and we cannot afford mercy while playing into the imp's hands!"

"She is sick. We must break the hold on her mind, not destroy her!"

"Yes, foals, keep bickering," Daybreaker chimed in with a devious smile. "Oh, and you both might want to move,"

"Wha--"

*BOOM*

Several explosions went off as Chrysalis and Luna were forced to separate from Daybreaker. The distraction gave Daybreaker time to free her horn as Goku came flying past them with multiple ki blasts following him. Vegeta was seen overhead, raining down blast after blast upon the area. Goku realizes he was approaching his allies and returns fire. Rapid-fire Ki blasts collided with each other, creating an awe-inspiring yet deadly light show. Chrysalis and Luna went on the defense as they blocked the stray attacks away. However, seeing a golden opportunity, Daybreaker appears above the trio. A miniature sun floats above her hand as she cackles wildly while hurling it downward. Luna responds first and fires a dark blue beam spell at the attack. Chrysalis quickly follows suit and aids the lunar princess with her beam spell. Vegeta sucks his teeth at the interference and fires a stronger continuous blast at Goku. The Saiyan from Earth responds in kind, and the two beams clash. Flying upwards, Goku tries to push Vegeta back. But, the Saiyan prince would not be denied and started pushing his end back to Goku. By now, the two beams flatten against each other as both Saiyan added more power. Eventually, something had to give as the two beams collapsed on each other and discharged. The explosion ruptured the attacks of Luna, Chrysalis, and Daybreaker alike while feeding into the detonation. Bodies were laid everywhere in the aftermath.

The landscape split open, forming a faint chasm with lava flowing like a river below. Luna was on her side with scorch marks and smoke trails adorning her. Chrysalis was face down with her arms draping over a crevice leading to a molten runoff. Daybreaker was leaning against a rock base with blood trailing down her forehead. There were small electric feedback from the residual magic and Ki energy on her form. Thus, resulting in her wincing now and then. Goku's shirt was half torn from his torse as several cuts bled from all over his body. He was hanging from a cliff over a lava pit as he grunted in pain. Vegeta showed signs of battle as well. Two small tears in his uniform rested near his knees while he bled from his arms, torso, and face. Despite his condition, Vegeta smile at the results as he was the least affected. He shifted his attention to Daybreaker as she teleports to his side, momentarily causing his smile to fall. She smiled down at the scene and turned to say something. However, all she was met with was a shift punch to her stomach. Blood flew from her mouth as she crumbles over his arm. Grabbing the back of her neck, Vegeta spoke in a threatening voice.

"Do not interfere with my battle again, or we'll test the limits of your supposed immortality!" Daybreaker could do nothing but grunt in pain as Vegeta tosses her aside.

He looks down bac to Goku while flickering to his position. "Don't know why I'm surprised. He has been training for the past seven years straight," Goku said. He felt something grab his wrist and lift him. "...Vegeta...!"

"Hehe..." Vegeta smirks he throws Goku to the wall of the chasm. As Goku bounces off the wall, Vegeta shot five rings f energy that attached themselves to Goku's arms, legs, and neck. Vegeta slowly floats to Goku as a geyser of lava shot into the air. "What's the matter, not winning as easily as you thought?"

"...I never said it would be easy...!" Goku grunted.

"You won't be winning at all," Vegeta emphasized his point by smacking Goku on each cheek. Goku growls at this, which Vegeta returns. "What, clown, are you feeling angry, humiliated? Is that it!? Fool! You. Don't. Know. What. Humiliation is!!!" A punch followed each word to Goku's face. Vegeta was relentless in pelting his opponent with several punches to the face and torso before ending his barrage with a knee to the stomach. Goku coughs up blood as Vegeta drifts away from him.

"Don't worry, I will teach you its bitter taste, just as you have taught me! ME!!! A warrior elite! At my fingertips, I have the power to destroy entire worlds. I am a Saiyan of royal blood. The last of my kind, and on my shoulders rest the glory of an extinct warrior race. Entire civilizations once trembled at the sound of my name - Vegeta! - But you didn't, did you, Kakarot! And at your hands - your common hands - my honor and my pride, the foundations of which I always stood, began to crumble beneath my feet. It was at your hands that I suffered my first great humiliation, topple by a piece of low-level trash!!! Imagine my added shame when it was you, and not me, that finally avenged our people by defeating Frieza.

You, who was the first to achieve our race's pinnacle, the first in a thousand years to take place among the Super Saiyans of legend. A place I was raised to believe was my royal birthright. And then, imagine the disgrace I stuffed when a mere child surpassed the strength I have worked my whole life to acquire. Your mixed-race son succeeded where I, the prince of all Saiyans, have failed!" Vegeta was trembling with fury at this point. "It is time to take back what is mine! I will not live my life as your second! That time is over. Every breath you take is an assault on my honor. But no more, Kakarot. By my hands, you will be cut down inch by inch the way you have cut down my pride!!!" Vegeta makes a chopping motion with his left arm, poised to strike until a new voice called out.

"Get over yourself!!!" Scootaloo shouted. She cupped her hands and thrust her attack forward. "HAAA!!!"

"Uh, what?!" Seeing the attack coming, Vegeta swats it away. The attack sails past him as he glares back at the meddling pegasus. "You dare!?"

However, the distraction paid in dividends as Goku his flare and break free of his bindings. He manages to break all the rings save for the two o his wrist, leave two large stones as a pair of boxing gloves. Roaring while cocking his left arm, Goku slams the first rock against Vegeta's face. He immediately did the same with his arm. Charging forward, Goku repays the favor by launching a barrage of fit into his abdomen. Slamming his nee against the Saiyan prince's jaw sent him flying into the wall opposite of them. However, Vegeta's momentum caused him to borrow deeply within the mineral. Scootaloo flies to her mentors' side while keeping an eye on Vegeta's position.

"You ok?" Scootaloo asks.

"Where's Spike?" Goku asks.

"We lost him in the sea of lava down there,"

"He's close by now," Ember said, holding Chrysalis and Luna in her arms.

"Stay out of my fight from here on out," Goku said.

"How about you control your fight better!!!" Chrysalis spat.

Luna eyes the area for a time as she laments. "It's a rare scene to see a landscape changed to such a degree. Even with the aftermath of my banishment, Equis has never seen such destruction,"

"Goku, we have to work together--"

"No!" Goku says sharply, cutting his students off. "Facing Vegeta is something you're not ready for, Scootaloo. The same goes for you two," He gestures to Luna and Chrysalis. "You'll all have your battles, this one's mine!"

Just then, the lava began to boil over before a bright purple beam piece through the molten slag. Our heroes scattered about as the beam whips around wildly. A moment later, the beam cuts off as Spi-Roh erupts from the molten sea. "RAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!" He roars as his aura took on a dark hue with wisps of emerald fire flowing out.

To make matters worse, a blazing light caught our heroes' attention as Daybreaker returns. Her mane and tail formed a sphere around her the shone like the sun itself. Her body was pure white that emanated such intense heat that it distorted the air. Simultaneously, her eyes became black as a dying star with a yellow mist seeping from the edges. Luna knew what this meant. She instantly spied Celestia's petrol in her hands before it melted away from the heat she produced. "She's gone, Supernova!!!"

"Wonderful...!" Chrysalis bitterly spat as bad memories began to resurface.

Suddenly, the ground began to quake as everyone hears the sound of muffled screaming. "Hoooa-AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" Vegeta burst out of the ground as he produced harsh winds from his Ki surging wildly.

"I think he's mad," Scootaloo said. "Oh, well, Kaio-Ken!!!" Scootaloo turns to Ember, who hasn't taken her eyes off of Spi-Roh. "Ready?"

Ember spares a glance at the now crimson Pegasus and reluctantly nods. With a roar, an azure blue aura enveloped her form. She gripped the Bloodstone Specter tight as she spoke softly. "...Dragon Soul Mode..."

"It would appear the time for leniency has ended..." Flying up to her sister, Luna clasps her hands together as the magic forms a circle around them. The temperature seems to drop as she separates them while the magic morphs into a staff followed by a curved blade. Luna twirls her staff overhead, generating a gale of frostbitten air, and stares down at her corrupt sister. "It's time to face Repentance!"

"Hm, hm, hm, look at that. I never thought I would agree with an alicorn..." Chrysalis paused as a ring appears at the base of her horn. Her chitin became sleeker while giving off a vibrant mossy glow.

As the two groups power-up, the sky became thick with the collective energies mixing. Thunderstorms soon followed with bolts of lightning, highlighting everyone's features. Those of Gou and Vegeta were hardened stoicism, neither of the Saiyans blinking. Daybreaker had a manic visage despite her body being obscured by magic. At the same time, Luna's face was calm while wearing hints of melancholy. Chrysalis wore a face of frustration, her encounter with Celestia's supernova stated replaying over and over. Scootaloo was brimming with determination. Failure was simply not an option. Ember had the most conflicted of expressions. She didn't want to believe Spike was the product of some rune. What they had was real, yet their bond right now was the weakest she's ever felt. Several doubts plague her mind, including a question she was dreading an answer; Is Spike gone for good? Shaking those thoughts away, she watches as Spi-Roh licks his chops at the prospect of blood. The sound of a lightning bolt in the distance paled compared to the clash of eight powerful beings.

episode 28: Revival!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Volcanic plane - Third Person Pov.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuyB23AYWOo

"HAAAA!!!" Vegeta ad Goku screamed together as their fists clash. They were trading blows at lightning-fast speeds before locking hands. Vegeta pushes Goku back just as a solar beam of magic descended upon their previous position. Breaking their hold, Vegeta blocks several attacks before vanishing away from a roundhouse attempt. Goku does the same as Spi-Roh chases down Scootaloo with Ember close behind them. Luna's motions were a blur as she twirls her scythe, fending off a beam as it pushes her down. Chrysalis appears in Spi-Roh, avoiding the deadly solar beams, causing the drake to tackle her inadvertently. The two slam into the ground as Spi-Roh grabs the former queen by the throat. He raises his free hand. But Ember kicks the drake away. Daybreaker was still high above, continuously raining death beams. This action forced everyone ground level to evade constantly.

"This is crazy!" Scootaloo exclaimed, using her Ki to deflect another blast of magic.

"We need to take her out now, or we can't fight properly," Ember stated.

"What's the matter? Can't handle a little light show?!" Spi-Roh said, appearing between both dragon and mare. Placing both hands toward their stomach, the dark drake pushes Ember away with a pulse while blasting Scootaloo away with Ki. Smiling to himself, Spi-Roh stood. "Amateurs. that's what you get for getting distracted,"

"Verily!" Luna replied. Spi-Roh quickly whips around, only for Luna to grab his muzzle. Her flash white before Spi-Roh found himself frozen instantly. Scootaloo, Chrysalis, and Ember returned to her side as she forms a shield and looks up at her sister. "That will not hold him for long. We must stop Daybreaker's assault now!"

"And what do you suggest!? None of us can get through that heat dome she's created!" Chrysalis snapped. "You have ice magic. Freeze her like the reptile!"

"My sister's abilities and mine severe to counter the other. I can put out as much as she can, but it will only be a stalemate," Luna brings a hand to the petrol around her neck. "My petrol can cease the flow of mana Daybreaker is getting from the sun. The dilemma we face is getting it around her neck," Luna tuns to Chrysalis with a mild look of contempt. "Mind manipulation is at play here. Being that distasteful practice is a specialty of yours, who not break it?"

"As much as I loathe to admit, that imp's magic is adequate. I have been trying to piece through this whole time. But it's like running into a rubber wall, and I keep getting pushed backed. And even then, I can only manage to loosen its hold,"

Scootaloo racks her brain before an idea begins to form. "I bet I can plow through, but I something stopping the heat," Scootaloo stated.

"I can grant other creatures protection from extreme heat," Ember offers.

"Perfect! Princess Luna can use her magic to counter Daybreaker's, and with your protection, I can knock some sense long enough for Chrysalis to do her thing,"

"Do not insult my craft with your ignorance!" Chrysalis growled.

Scootaloo gave her a dismissive way. "Yeah, yeah, Spike's melting over there. Be ready when I deck her, and let's do this-- MAXIMUM KAIO-KEN!!!"

Both Luna and Scootloo took off in the air as Luna's horn flared to life while spinning her weapon. "Ice Age!!!" A dome of below zero magic appeared around Luna and shot out to Daybreaker. Seeing this, Daybreaker roars as her magic expands. The two spheres of mana collide as vast amounts of steam filled the air.

Ember held up her staff as she spoke with authority. "I beseech the specter to imbue you with the hide of the dragon!!!"

Scootaloo was gaining on her target as her sleek shining scales appear over her fur. she got loser and closer to the two spheres and immediately felt the heat despite the added protection and Luna's efforts to cool it down. The space around her became distorted as she pushed against the invisible wall of heat. Scootaloo was sweating profusely, and her new scales were quickly overheating. The orange mare was on the verge of passing out before a light green aura covers her form. Looking back, she saw Chrysalis focusing her magic on her. With a smirk, Scootaloo turns back and flares her aura brightly. She pushed past Daybreaker's defenses, much to the corrupted alicorn's shock, and made good on her promise. Scootaloo cocks back her right hand and thrust it forward. A Kaio-ken imbued scale fist to the muzzle was a new experience for Daybreaker. Her head recoils back from the blow a shockwave erupts from the impact, dispelling her heat dome in its entirety. At the same time, Chrysalis' green aura shifted from Scootaloo to Daybreaker while encompassing her head.

"RAH!?" Day Breaker had no time to react as Luna appears before her and places the petrol around her neck. Instantaneous, she lost her supernova state and fell to the ground. As an added measure, Luna conjured an inhibitor ring and placed it around Daybreaker's horn. Effectively removing her from the fight. Her nice burning mane was now a single shade of red, much like Luna was when the elements depowered her after her return from banishment. Scootaloo was squealing internally at the victory. She always wanted to match up against either Celestia or Luna, but they always declined due to safety concerns. But, fighting and beating a corrupt version still counted in her book. Daybreaker struggled to her hands and knees as she glare at everyone in contempt. "You dare do this to me?! Me, you future empress!!!"

"Why is she still like this?" Scootaloo asked.

"That imp's magic is tied to the enslaved as much as it is tied to himself," Chrysalis grunted in annoyance. "Either Celestia finds the will to break free - which I highly doubt - or we end the one who cast the spell!"

Luna kneels to her sister as she pleads with her. "Please, sister, you must break free. That wizard may have preyed on your vulnerabilities, but you still overcame. You lead Equestria through a time of uncertainty. That takes strength that even I lack. The number of mares that can accomplish such a feat is barely a handful. Return to your true self,"

"...You don't get it, sister. This is my true self!!! Celestia is weak - always has been and will be - if that fact were not true, I would not exist. I spun myself out of nothing. I was not born of the master magics. I am Celestia-- No! I am more true than Celestia will ever admit!"

A lone tear began to build in Luna's right eye, but she blinks it away. "Then the only recourse is to slay that contemptible wizard. A feat I am sure Sir Gohan's party is well on their way to accomplishing!"

"Funny, I haven't been 'freed' yet. And before you entertain the notion of helping those fools, you may want to turn around,"

Chrysalis had enough and knocked Daybreaker out with a swift kick. Feeling the stares, she looks back to two glares. "What? You all were getting sick of her too. She even had the gull to try that trie that old tripe of something behind us,"

At the moment, several cracks echoed out as everyone whips around to Spi-Roh. They saw cracks spreading through his frozen form until his arm breaks free, followed by his tail and his head. His glare was enough to make them all flinch as he spews fire to free the rest of his body. Once he was freed, the mares and dragoness arched a brow as Spi-Roh muscles started to spasm. It took only a moment for Ember to realize what was happening and took to the skies. Scootaloo was confused but followed after her along with Luna and Chrysalis. They studied Spi-Roh carefully as his left arm spasmed more and more until it stretched out and doubled in size. Next came his torso as his muscles burst out and expanded. His legs grew to support the rest of his body. Finally, his facial features morphed to become more predatory and menacing. With his transformation complete, Spi-Roh stood twelve feet tall. His pupils were gone, leaving a blank murderous stare, while his aura glows ominously.

He turned to his opponents in question and spoke in a guttural growl. "Time for round three!!!"


[Babidi's ship - Level Four.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpJSGHPAX5A&t=4s

"How much deep does this level go?" Gohan asks as he dealt with another of Babidi's enslaved.

"Not much further now. I can feel Babdidi's presence getting closer," Supreme Kai stated.

"He has a lot more creature enthralled than I would care to like..." Sombra stated, using his shadow tendrils to ensnare those under his control. "I must admit that I didn't think so many creatures of Equis hold such darkness,"

Gohan dodges a punch from a minotaur before countering with an uppercut. "They might not be s impure as they seem. They could be like Celestia. Otherwise, he would turn you Sombra, right?"

"Another miscalculation on my part. I knew the magic of this planet would aid Babidi in his endeavor, but not to this extent. This is why we must exercise caution with our takedowns as not to cause permanent damage,"

"Then, this should make things easier," Sombra stated as he waves his hand toward the hallway they came from and sealed it with a large crystal spike.

As they continued, they came across another passaged that was clear of any guards. "Babidi is beyond this door,"

"As well as a few others..." Sombra noted.

"Well then, let's no keep them waiting!" Gohan said, gathering his Ki and blowing the doors apart. Inside was Bsbidi snd Dabura, as well as Gera and Cozy Glow. All of them had their back to our heroes.

"Babidi! It ends here!" Supreme Kai stated as Gohan and Sombra flared their auras. However, they received no reply from the wizard other than his trembling form.

"Oh, hey there," The filly addressed, flying up to our heroes who tense at her. "You're just in time!"

"You seem happy to see us despite knowing our mission," Sombra noted.

Supreme Kai narrows his eyes at the filly as he addresses Babidi again. "Sending a child to stall us? Are you out of dirty tactics, wretch!?"

"...No, there's no need!" Babidi stated, but his voice was barely above a whisper.

Naturally, our heroes were confused. "What? Are you giving up?" Gohan dared to ask.

"...Majin Buu is at full power..."

"WHAT!?" All three of our heroes exclaimed.

Babidi fully turns around to reveal the meter below the fleshy ball was indeed full. "MAJIN BUU IS AT FULL POWER!!!"

"I-Impossible! There's no way the container would reach full capacity so soon!!!" Supreme said in disbelief. But, the evidence was right before him.

"It's easy to deuce the rapid gain in energy from your friends. Aside from eight sources to draw from, two of those sources are undoubtedly stronger than the others put together; meter being full is the result,"

"She's right! My dad and Vegeta must be fighting at the ascended level!" Gohan stated in alarm.

"Given the power Vegeta radiated, it makes sense Goku would need as much to face him!" Sombra growled.

"Such a shame you lot, isn't it? All your efforts to stop Majin Buu's revival have amounted to nothing. You were doomed from the very start!"

"I can't wait. We get to meet a new friend! I hope he isn't cranky from such a long nap," Cozy Glow said, clapping her hands.

The big ball began to admit a copious amount of steam. "Oh, this won't do. I doubt the first thing you want to see is a stuffy old ship, my lovely Buu. Let's get some fresh air to properly tart the carnage we'll wreak!" The area morphed back to the outside as the steam freely billows to the air. "It won't be much longer now!"

"W-we, we must retreat!" Supreme said. Gohan and Sombra stared at him in shock, even more so to see him backing away with a look of abstract fear all over his features.

"What are you saying!?" Gohan demand.

"We missed our only window to stop this! Retreat on my signal,"

"You're saying we flea like cowards!! Unacceptable! You, yourself, have continually stated that this Buu creature is a threat, and you want us to do nothing!" Sombra snapped.

"He's right! We got to stop this thing from hatching before it starts hurting people! You're the Supreme Kai, for goodness sake!!!" Gohan stated.

"YES! And unlike you all, I've seen what Buu is capable of, and it's more than our present state can handle! Now we must fall back. This is a time for strategy, Gohan, not blind heroics! We must regroup and wait for a better opportunity! We have to wait!"

"My wife and foal cannot wait!" Sombra shot back.

"I agree. I'm sorry, Supreme Kai, but we still have to try!" Gohan supported.

"PLEASE LISTEN TO ME - BOTH OF YOU! - WE NEED YOU ALIVE!!!" Supreme Kai pleaded desperately.

"But, there are people I care about - we care about - they'll be in danger!!!"

"GOHAN!!!"

Turning to face the pod, Gohan steels his resolve. "And I won't sit back and watch them get hurt again!!!"

"Then it's agreed. We stop this, here and now!" Sombra added.

Both Sombra and Gohan raised their energy as they prepared their attacks. Gohan cupped his hands together and raised them to his head. "Let's make them work for it!" Sombra nodded and brought up his hands. One help Ki while the other wielded magic. Gohan fires his family's signature move while Sombra shot the twin beams at the pod. All three attacks connected at the same time, resulting in massive as Babidi and his minions scattered. However, the smoke cleared to reveal the ball without so much as a scratch. "Pour it on!!" Gohan told Sombra. The former king nodded, and they both fired continuous beams at the pod.

"He's very present," Gera noted.

"More like rude! I thought good ponies were supposed to fight fair. Mr. Buu hasn't even come out yet," Cozy Glow stated.

"Fret not master, I shall dispose of these nuances!" Dabura promised.

However, Babidi stops him by tugging on his cape. "Oh, I am not at all worried. If the brute force were all it took to crack that shell, I would've easily done so already. So let the fools waste their time,"

True to Babidi's words, Gohan and Sombra weren't making any progress damaging the fleshy shell. Switching tactics, Sombra summons a crystal spike beneath the pod, launching skyward. Gohan fires a more intense beam as it fell. Summoning his spike again, but in the air, Sombra bombards the pod for several seconds before stopping. To their combined frustration, the shell remains unscathed. It rolled around briefly before a pink mist shot out of the crevice running along with the frame. Finally, the ball cracks open as a huge cloud of pink mist ascends to the air and seemingly dissipates. No one dared to move for several seconds as silence dominated the scene.

"It's empty?" Gera stated, sounding confused for the first time.

"What?" Babidi asked.

"Master, is something else suppose to happen?" Dabura asked.

"Of course not! That was it. Majin Buu should be here!"

"Maybe, the spell was a dud," Cozy glow offers, only to et a glare in response.

Supreme Kai into the two shells for longer than anyone until a small chuckle escapes his lips. Before long, he'd gained everyone's attention as he broke out into what seemed like maniacal laughter. Growling at this development, Babidi hollers. "And just what's so funny? You did something, didn't you, wretched Kai!!!"

"I am laughing at the irony of all this. All the time I spent fearing Buu's revival when in reality, Buu has been gone all along,"

"Yeah, but why?" Gohan asks.

"We only assume that all this time spent locked away let him decay to the hands of time. Regardless, fate has turned in our favor. Without Majin Buu, Babidi is nothing!"

"Then, all that's left to do is take Dabura out and free everyone under Babaidi's control," Gohan said confidently, taking his stance. However, Gohan notices Sombra was staring at something. "Hye, what's wrong?"

"..." Sombra said nothing but merely pointed to the sky.

Everyone followed Sombra's gesture to a mass of pink hover above them. "I'm getting a terrible feeling!" Gohan said nervously.

"But, what is the significance of it?" Sombra asks.

The cloud seemed to shift in places before certain areas started to take shape. "Hey, look, something's forming," Babidi announces.

Parts of the cloud start jut out and take shape. The center mass was becoming more and more defined until the cloud solidified. Its body was all pink in color but also portly and rotund. It had holes surrounding its antenna and running down both its arms. It had a purple cape hanging over a black vest and white baggy pants. It wore a pair of yellow gloves and booties on its hands and feet. Its belt had the patented Majin logo displayed prominently. Throwing its arms and legs out, it shouted in a high, almost child-like declaration.

"BUUUUU!!!"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wW47fFiKMg

Vegeta kicks Goku across the ground as the Saiyan from Earth left two trenches in his wake. He stops just short of a cliffside overlooking a sea of lava below. Goku briefly looks down at it before turn back to see Vegeta winding up for a knee strike. Goku blocks the first one as Vegeta begins an assault of blows. Every strike shook the ground until it crumbles beneath Goku's feet. Thankfully, the Saiyan from earth uses his Ki to keep aloft. Goku launches a kick of his own, but Vegeta manages to block it. Tey exchanges blow briefly before Vegeta lands a high kick to Goku's jaw. He charges in to push his advantage, but Goku power's up and connects with a right hook to Vegeta's face. Vegeta responds with an electrified roundhouse, but Goku blocks and returns with a straight, which was blocked by a forearm. Sparks, dust, and debris flew everywhere amongst their assault, yet neither could gain the upper hand. However, as they both charged at each other again, they suddenly stopped. They both looked toward the east with varying expressions. Vegeta is one of indifference. And Goku's being one of concern.

"Vegeta, did you feel that? That power level has got to be Majin Buu!"

Instead of replying, Veget begins to chuckle. "It's as I thought. ThisMajin Buu' creature is nothing! At least, not to the standard you and I have set!"

"No, it goes deeper than that. I know you can feel it too. His power - it's something dark - unlike anything I've ever felt so far!"

"As if that's any concern of mine. Ha!" Vegeta fires a Ki blast that Goku is forced to dodge. However, this was a ploy. Appearing behind Goku, Vegeta tries to land an attack from behind. However, Goku turns the tables and flickers above Vegeta, driving his elbow into his back. He recovers and lands a left hook, but Goku returns with an uppercut to his stomach. As they glide above the lava trading blows, the molten rock shoots more and more geysers. One shoots up between Goku and Vegeta as the Saiyan prince shoots more Ki blast through it. Goku weaves between most of them before chopping another in half. Vegeta fires four more, to which Goku repeated his actions, leaving them open. Vegeta slams his knee hard against Goku's stomach, momentarily causing him to blackout. The Saiyan prince then proceeds to put Goku in a headlock and div downward. "What's the matter, clown!?" Another earthquake erupted from the impact.


Spi-Roh leaps into the air with his fist raised high and slammed onto the mares position. The impact caused massive spider-webbed cracks to shoot out. Turning his head, Spi-Roh felt magical blasts bombard his position. Scoffing, he opens his maw and shot a deadly beam at his offenders. Chrysalis and Luna scatter as the beam flew by them. However, Scootaloo and Ember flicker before him and drive their fist into his abdomen. The corrupted drake hunches over slightly before swiping at them with his right claw. The two manage to dodge, but the resulting shockwave blew them away. Luna soars past her comrades, catching them with her magic, as she brought down her repentance. Spi-Roh catches the weapon, but his hand starts to freeze over again. Growling at this, Spi-Roh lifts Luna and slams her behind him, thus breaking the ice. The alicorn grunts in pain as Spi-Roh prepared to bring his free hand down. However, Chrysalis' whips wrap around his neck and pull him back. Spi-Roh grunted as he tries to pull the bindings from his neck. But the former queen conjures more tendrils to wrap around his arms and legs. With a hard tug, Spi-Roh fell backward. Chrysalis summons blades above the drake and brought them down.

"No, wait!" Ember shrieked.

Fortunately or not, an emerald shield appears above Spi-Roh and the blades shattered against it. Flipping around and breaking the tendrils, Spi-Roh glares at the former queen, and he spews fire again. The flames were much stronger and had a wider spread. Chrysalis teleports away. Spi-Roh's attack left a massive tench of scorched earth. Chrysalis reappears above the destruction as a beat of sweat fell from her brow. Whether it was from the heat or nervousness, she couldn't tell. She spares one glance at the dragon before gasping as he flickers to her position. However, Scootaloo met him halfway, slamming their forearms together. They began to exchange blows, with Spi-Roh landing more and more attacks until Ember jumps into the fray. The two of them together manage to land some hits against his torso, yet Spi-Roh was still holding his ground. Luna rejoins the battle, expertly wielding her scythe to avoid hitting their comrades. Spi-Roh was put more on the defensive until Chrysalis adds her might as well. Thus, leaving the corrupted drake receiving more attacks than he could return. His scale absorbs most of the assault, but the attacks were coming from every angle. He knew how to deal with Ember and Scootaloo. But Luna and Chrysalis added enough of an edge to throw his timing off. Curling up, Spi-Roh erupts into flames, creating separation. The opposing groups prepared to reengage again when everyone felt it—a powerful surge of Ki energy.

"...You all felt that too, right...?" Ember asks, her tone soft and meek.

Scootaloo allows a lump down her throat as she looks in the direction of that foul energy. "...Yeah..."

Chrysalis black chitin had a noticeable green tint across her muzzle. Yet, it was clear from her expression that it was not a blush of embarrassment; it was one of horror and fear. "This creature is beyond us...!"

A grim expression adorned Luna's face as sweat begins to form. "...What is the status of Sir Goku's battle? I fear only he can stop this Buu creature now!"

Spi-Roh held the same shock as everyone else. A sudden nervousness took hold as he completed his place by the master's side now that he had Majin Buu. His new job doesn't have the greatest security. But, if he could kill his enemies and bring their corpses to him, then that would be one less headache to deal with in the future. Spi-Roh instantly thrust his hands forward as Ki gathers in both them and his maw. Scootaloo notices this as the beams barreled toward them. She jumps in front of Luna with her guard up, but the beam pushes her and the princess of the night away. Chrysalis wasn't so fortunate as the beam struck her in the chest, knocking the wind from her. Ember gasps as she saw the former queen fall towards the lava pits. She flickers to catch her, but her mate appears and grabs her by the neck and Chrysalis by the heel.

"You know, I always wondered what burning chitin smells like..." Spi-Roh grinned as Ember struggles to free herself. Spi-Roh dangled the queen of the edge as a geyser erupts.

"Spike, please, you're not a monster!" Ember pleaded.

"Spike isn't. But, then again, he was never real," With a cruel smirk, SpiRoh let's go of Chrysalis heel as a geyser erupts directly below her. The rising molten rock completely consumes Chrysalis before sinking back down. "Huh, I thought it would be more of an earthy smell - like burning grass - oh, well," Ember growls at this and flexes her power. Spi-Roh does the same to reinforce her grip. "Why do you even bother? I could match up with your dad in his prime, and you're only a little bit stronger, thanks to me. Besides, I can tell ur pulling your punches. You don't want to hurt your little Spikey-Wiky. Now, you can be a good mate and stop--"

Ember threw to her leg and connected with SPi-Roh's lower jaw, forcing him to let go. Spi-Roh rubs his lower jaw and snarls as Ember took a stance. Spi-Roh snorted as he crouches down and jumps to his left, narrowly avoiding Luna's scythe. The moment he landed, Spi-Roh used his tail to deflect another Kamehameha from Scootaloo. Coming back to Ember's side, the two groups were once again n a stand-off. Before they could continue, another surge of Ki from Gohan's direction. Scootaloo gritted her teeth at this and turned to her fellow student.

"We can't waste any more time! They need us over there to stop that monster!"

"Worried about your boyfriend? Shouldn't have more faith in your stallion?" Spi-Roh taunted.

"You are turning to be such a disappointment, Spike. The horrid wizard has achieved his goal. Now, you are disposable to him!" Luna stated.

"Who knows, who cares. I'm betting if I make things easier by killing all of you, then my place with the master is secured," Spi-Roh said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ki8c4exFPY

Ember steps food as she grips the Bloodstone Specter tightly. "Can you kill us? Can you even kill me!?" Ember challenged. "From the looks of things, you're barely holding your own. Just like me, you are pulling your punches because no matter how much you deny it, Spike is still there!" The gem glowed atop her scepter as two streams of flames appeared. However, like she did this before, only her flame was a solid stream while Spike's flowed in broken pieces.

Spi-Roh stared at her blankly for a few moments before he hunched over, laughing. "W-Wow. That's the best joke I've heard in forever. You are completely deluded. What you see is nothing more than broken remnants of a fake personality. You should turn your ire on that alicorn next to you for deceiving you into thinking you found love! And, by my count, you three seem to be missing someone,"

"My sister and I place no such false persona on you. The spell we cast regressed your age - that much is the truth - but who you became after was the result of a loving environment," Luna stated.

"Bah, just another way of saying you brainwashed me, groomed me into being what you wanted!"

Ember shakes her head at this. "No, you are wrong. You cannot change the core nature of a dragon. Otherwise, we wouldn't be fighting you now. However, you have been ignorant of how a soulbond works. If Spike were fake, there would be nothing at all. He is as much a part of you as you are to him," Ember snarls as she glare at her ancestral enemy. "And I am taking my mate back!"

"And how are you going to do that?"

"With some help of a few friends," She said with a smirk, noticing a figure appearing behind Spi-Roh.

"Urgh! They are so nauseating with that friendship spiel, aren't they?" Chrysalis said. Spi-Roh whirls around as he thrust his right claw forward. He felt his hand pierce something as well as hearing a gasp. He smiles deviously at the former queen as his claws stuck out of her stomach. However, that smile faded as Chrysalis gave one of her own. A moment later, her eyes melted into a slimy substance before exploding all over the drake. Spi-Roh recoils in disgust but quickly notices his movements slowing down. Chrysalis reappears next to Ember's group with a satisfied smile. "Do you like my shell? It makes for a good double in taking damage and quick escapes. Imbuing it with my magic also strips away any of the target's movements,"

"Damn you!" Spi-Roh roars. Ember walks closer as she hovers the bloodstone scepter between the two. "What do you think you can do? That stupid stick has never affected me!"

"It's not supposed to, I am. What you don't know, since you never bothered to experience a soulbond link before, is that the one who started it can assert their will if their mate is in dire peril. You claim you wanted to kill me, yet each time you had the chance, you held back or moved me out the way,"

"...I was only saving you for last, spawn of Torch!"

"Then why did you blast Scootaloo with a beam attack and not me? Why did you grab me when I went after Chrysalis instead of wounding me? Your masters gave you orders to finish us, yet you haven't. Why?" The gem atop the scepter began glowing brighter with every word.

"..."

"Because Spike is fighting like the rest of us. Now, I will help him!" The two streams slowly began to meld together. Ember focused our their time together. "You remember those silly little dates we went on all the time? You were so insistent that we do your style of courting. I didn't make it easy because, well, dragons don't do dating. But you got me to go to that hearts and hooves festival. That was the first time I had cotton candy. At first, I thought you were crazy. 'Who eats cotton?' I asked. But, you assured me it was delicious, and it was," The streams were blending more as Ember focused on her feelings. However, Spi-Roh would not give up so easily. The bond worked two ways, and he was going to exploit that. Ember winces as she could feel Spi-Roh fighting her, forcing his rage and animosity for all those who wronged him directly to her. The stream started to turn black as Ember gritted her teeth. "Quick, I need any fond memory of Spike. Anything!"

Scootaloo walks up to Spi-Roh as she smiles. "I remember back when we were foals getting into trouble trying to earn our cutie marks when we researched exotic creatures of the Everfree forest. We made a huge mess of the library while Twilight wasn't there, and you fell asleep watching us. Twilight came in and saw all her books lying everywhere. You took the blame for us even though you got grounded for a month. The girls and I always appreciated that. That was the day we realized that you were a blank flank too. It took us long enough, but you were made an honorary CMC after that day," As Scootaloo finished, the stream became more vibrant in color.

Luna stepped up next. "Do you remember that silly little best sibling competition? Twilight and Shining Armor were so focused on one another that they neglected the third sibling they had. A fatal blunder on their part as you have proven to be more shrood and cunning. I was overjoyed when you asked for my participation. The conversation I had with my sister after that was grating, but it was worth it to see her aggravation,"

She smiles up at Spi-Roh's glaring visage. "Spike isn't someone that's valued! Look at how easily they forgot about him! Spike was nothing more than a servant with an embroiled name tag!"

Luna shook her head firmly. "Is that why a statue was commissioned in your honor in the Crystal Empire?" Spi-Roh growls at this as the stream glows brighter. "What of the time you stopped that ice cloud from falling on top of the Equestrian games stadium after the archery mishap? These are feats you accomplished. Like it or not, Spike, you are valued," Spi-Roh shudders as he visibly shrunk in size. His scales were starting to take on a familiar shade of purple and green. As he began to roar, his voice's pitch sounded more and more like the Spike they all know and love. Even the Majin symbol was starting to flicker on and off.

"Twilight never stops sending me letters on the proper dragon customs," Ember spoke up again. "She would always berate herself about not knowing enough about dragons. When I asked why she was so adamant about learning from dragons, she said this..." Ember sends Spi-Roh a bright and genuine smile. "Because I have a little brother that has done so much for me. Learning how o make his life better is the least I could do since I love him so much.' And she is not the only one, Spike. So please, come back to me, come back us,"

The stream had small traces of black flame in them now as Ember drew closer. "S-stay back!" Spi-Roh demanded, yet there was no power behind his words. Ember was inches from his face now. A part of him tried to snap his jaws at her. But a bigger part shut down those thoughts. He stares into his mate's eyes, seeing no malice, pity, or concern. Only compassion and unyielding love for his weaker self. He saw her lips move to him as he felt something slipping from within. "N-no! STOP!!!"

"...I will never stop loving you..." Ember whispered in a tone Spike never heard as their lips met. Spi-Roh's eyes shot open as the red pupils shift to green. His body had shrunk back to his normal height while his scale was its normal shade once again. Ember pulls back, her smile even wider than before as the stream was a solid cyan color. Their bond was now reaffirmed. The Majin symbol on his forehead crumbled away while Spike stares at everyone with his mouth agape. Tears well up in his eyes as he embraces Ember in a tight hug. Spike buries his head against her shoulder as he choked back some sobs. Ember felt two more pairs of hands and wings join as Scootaloo smiles, and Luna nods.

Chrysalis rolls her eyes at the display but inches closer to taste the excess love. However, the moment was ruined when they all felt a sharp dip in someone's energy. Scootaloo shot up abruptly, concern and anxiety dominating her features. "Gohan!!!"

episode 29: Loss!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta and Piccolo enters the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charges one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Equis - Volcanic Planes - Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfFqx0XVSno

Vegeta was in hot pursuit of Goku as he glides over the ocean of magma below him. Geysers erupted from every direction as they seemed to move further away from any landmasses. Goku looks back to see Vegeta gaining on him as he prepares to fire. The Saiyan prince fires the blasts as Goku turns around. However, the three shots sail right past him and fly into the lava. They detonated within the molten magma, causing a wall of lava to shoot up in Goku's path. Goku forms a shield around himself as he flies through it. Vegeta appears in his way with his finger interlocked above his head. He brings down a hammer strike on top of Goku, breaking his shield, and sending him tumbling to the lava. However, Goku flickers to safety before touching the molten rock. Appearing in front of Vegeta, Goku kicks him away. Vegeta recovers and fires another Ki blast, but Goku throws his arms out, catching the energy, and shrinks it down before engaging in another exchange of blows with Vegeta. They both connect with their fists against each other cheek as they're separated from the shockwave. Gliding across the air, Vegeta puts his palm together outward while Goku cups his palms.

"Final Flash!

"Kamehame-HA!"

The beams impacted with devastating force, enough to push all the lava away and expose the heated ground beneath. Both Saiyans touch down in a standoff as they tried to catch their breath. "You've become quite the escape artist," Vegeta panted.

"Ha, maybe you just need better finishing moves," Goku shot back.

"I doubt that!"

"Still, I got to say, these last seven years; I been through the most intense training sessions. Yet, we're still completely even," Goku offers a small smile to his rival. "You must've been pushing yourself even harder than I have,"

"That might be true. I pushed myself to the edge of my limits and beyond, but you've been born with a natural talent far beyond my own. No amount of training could've closed the gap between us! I realized that now. It was made painfully obvious today after I watched your fight with Babidi's monster!"

"..."

Vegeta looks down with gritted teeth. "Imagine my shock - to see the undeniable proof - that no matter I tried, I would never be able to catch you! A warrior prince forever living in the shadow of a low-level clown! So that's when I secretly made up my mind,"

Goku's eyes widen as he caught the implication as Vegeta smirks. "You mean you-- You fool! You deliberately allowed Babidi to take control!"

"Yes. I saw the power of Babidi's magic at that pathetic excuse of a tournament with those two equines. No one could understand how those two amateurs attained that much power. But you and I could, couldn't we? It was all thanks to Babidi's magic. And I knew what his magic has done for those fighters could do the same for me. I knew that if I allowed myself to fall under his control, the difference in our power would disappear. I am pleased with the results, even if they do come at a price. I'd say the ends more than justify the means!"

"But, Vegeta, you never allowed anyone to help you before in your life. Why start now/ Why Babidi!?"

"Because I wanted him to reawaken the evil in my heart. I wanted him to return to the way I was before!!!" Vegeta shouts, flexing his power. "I WAS THE PERFECT WARRIOR - COLD AND RUTHLESS - I LIVED BY MY STRENGTH ALONE! UNINHIBITED BY FOOLISH EMOTION!!!" Vegeta looks down in solemn contemplation. "But slowly, over the years, I became one of you. My quest for greatness gradually giving way to a life of mediocrity. I awoke one down to find that I'd settle down and formed a family. I had even grown fond of them..."

"..."

"Would you believe I had almost started to think that the earth was a nice place to live? Do you understand now, Kakarot? That's why I needed Babidi to set me free by releasing the evil in my heart. He has freed me from these petty attachments! And I have to say it feels pretty good,"

"...Do you honestly believe in what you're saying?"

Vegeta growls as he darts forward. Goku met his charge and locked hands with him. Both Saiyans rear their heads back and slam them together. The impacts seem to shake the land with each collision as Vegeta and Goku fought for dominance. Their aura's flared intensely while they glared at one another. Breaking the hold, Vegeta launches a kick toward Goku's head, which the Saiyan from earth blocks. Goku responds with a left jab, but Vegeta dives to the ground. He attempts a mule kick, but it whiffs, allowing Goku to dig his knee into Vegeta's stomach. Vegeta's body folded against the blow, but he recovers and swipes Goku's leg. Off-balanced, Goku dives forward while dodging a right hook. He jumps in the air and lands an overhead strike on Vegeta. The Saiyan prince quickly retaliates by grabbing both Gokku's feet and throwing him to the ground. Vegeta tries to press his advantage by stomping at Goku's head, but Goku picks himself up and avoids Vegeta's follow-up kick. He thrust his hand out and trips Vegeta's leg as both Saiyans briefly float in the air smiling at each other. They repositioned themselves a few feet from each other as they enter another stalemate. However, both warriors were visibly exhausted at this point. Vegeta darts forward yet again as Goku braces himself. However, his eyes widen, and he holds out his hand to stop the Saiyan prince.

"Vegeta, wait, I felt that power surge again! We know that it's Majin Buu. What we don't know is how the others are fairing against him!"

"Enough of your stalling, Kakarot! I'm beginning to believe you keep bringing up Majin Buu to distract from the fact that your defeat is at hand! Perhaps he was a threat back in his day, but the Saiyan race has evolved since his entrapment. Even the great overseer of the entire universe was always surprised by our strength. We defeated the supposed strongest fighters on Babidi's ship without so much as breaking a sweat!" Another surge cut the Saiyan prince's rant swiftly as his smile fell. He turned around with his mouth wide with shock.

Goku wore a shocked expression as well. "I know you can't deny that one, Vegeta!" Snarling again, Vegeta throws a punch aimed at Goku's face, but Goku caught it. Vegeta redirects his free hand for a body blow, but Goku stops that one as well. "We can't take Buu for granted anymore! We're the ones that freed him! He'll destroy both worlds and everyone on them! You hear that!? Bulma! Trunks! They're going to be destroyed!!!"

Vegeta slams his knee into Goku's stomach as he yelled. "Shut up!" Pressing his advantage, Vegeta connects with an elbow to Gokus cheek. "Shut up!!!" Vegeta goes on the offensive s Goku tries his best to defend. "Remember, I sold my soul to Babidi. I keep no loyalties. I am a Saiyan heart that depends on strength alone. They mean nothing to me!!!"

Vegeta rears back for a wide haymaker, but Goku catches it and pulls Vegeta to him. "Liar! I don't buy it!" Goku emphasized his point by punching Vegeta to the ground. He stood above the Saiyan prince with a disapproving glare. "Talk all you want, Vegeta, but you better convince yourself of it first!"

Vegeta returns the glare as he stands back up and spits out blood. Wiping his mouth, Vegeta eyes Goku carefully as he spoke. "...Fine! You win. Our battle is postponed. You can't focus on it anyway with Buu running around,"

Elated, Goku drops his guard at Vegeta's change in tone. "Vegeta!"

"Well, don't just stand there; get out your Senzu beans. We should be at full power when we face him,"

As Vegeta approaches him, Goku turns his back as he unties the bag from his slash. "Haha, with all of us working together, I'm sure we can beat this guy," Goku said happily, unaware that Vegeta's smile was gone.

The Saiyan prince interlocked his fingers and poised himself to strike. As Goku got the bag off, Vegeta bashes the back of his head. Goku fell forward, expressing a look of shock and wordless agony as he drops out of his Super Saiyan form. He hits the ground face first as Vegeta picks up a bean that fell out of the bag. "Hmph, so even you can prove vulnerable when you let down your guard. I'm going to take care of Majin Buu myself. We'll finish this fight when I return, Kakarot. Enjoy your sleep..." Vegeta picks up Goku and brings him back to the floor panel of Babidi's ship. Dropping Goku's unconscious form, Vegeta holds out his hand above the opening. "...Now that there are no more interruptions..."


[A few moments earlier.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20lSc9Ulp94

"Please be okay! Please be okay!" Scootaloo repeated frantically. She pulled everyone into a tight embrace and used instant transmission. However, their reappearance landed them on top of a mountain ridge. Luna carries her sister as they moved.

"What happened? Why are we not closer?" Luna asks.

"I-I don't know. There must've been some interference,"

Chrysalis scoffs at the excuse. "You're afraid. And your natural prey instincts put as much distance from this monster as possible," Scootaloo turned to snap at the changeling, but she stops as she could see the nervousness plastered on her features. "What do you think we can do against this power?"

Spike steps forward closer to the edge. "Whatever we can do. Stall, distract it, anything,"

Chrysalis scoffs in response. "Please. You're filled with remorse and regret. So now you think you can get back in our good graces by overcompensating. Quite a sorry showing,"

Ember bares her fangs at the changing as she goes over to Spike, laying a comforting hand on his shoulder. "You should not push yourself,"

Spike shrugs it away while looking down. "It doesn't matter,"

"It would appear we may not have to get involved," Luna said, gesturing to the scene below. Majin Buu stumbled around like a newborn as it looked at everything with amusement.

"That's Majin Buu? I thought he'd be taller," Scootaloo said.

"It seems to be defective. Perhaps the resurrection was flawed,"

"Even fresh hatchlings can burn down a village," Ember said grimly.

The group watches as Majin Buu wonders about between Gohan and Babidi while acting as an obvious foal. That is until Dabura appeared to mock Majin Buu, which prompted the creature to walk towards him. What happened next shocked everyone as steam shot from the holes lining his arms and the top of its head. The next set of movements happened in a flash as Majin Buu pokes Dabura in the eyes. The demon king howls in pain before but punches him into a nearby rock formation. No one knew what to make of these turn of events, nor did they have time to process it as a spear suddenly pierces Buu's pudgy stomach. Babidi was beside himself, berating and scolding his top henchman for his actions. Yet, Majin Buu was more confused than hurt despite the seemingly fatal wound until he pulls the weapon. There was even a drop of blood as the wound closes instantly. What was more disturbing was the content child-like smile on its face.

"...What madness is this?" Luna asks in shock, her fur taking on another shade of blue across her muzzle.

"It was stabbed through the gut and healed like it never happened!" Spike stated.

"What are we dealing with here?" Ember asked, but no one had an answer.

An intense feeling of terror gripped our heroes as Majin Buu flash the demon king a sinister smile. It began tapping its feet on the ground before skipping over to Dabura while singing a demented tune. "Me going to eat you up~. Me going to eat you~," Majin Buu got closer and closer until the demon king takes off and lands a series of brutal punches and kicks. He launches Buu skyward before appearing behind the creature and connecting with a heel kick to Buu's side. Dabura slams Babidi's favorite creation into the earth, but Buu burst out of the rubble unharmed. The demon king flies to the air and holds out his hand. A marriage of red Ki blast pelted Buu. Despite this assault, Majin Buu continued his stride, merrily skipping to Dabura with no visible damage. The demon king attempts his trump card and spat at Majin Buu, hoping to imprison the creature in stone. However, Majin Buu showcases surprise agility for his size and dodges each attempt with ease. Suddenly, the antenna on Buu's head whips forward with a pink glow focused at the tip. "You turn into a cookie!" The beam shot forth as fast as lightning as Dabura scream in pain and shock. His body started to straighten out and ook on a brown, dough-like completion. Majin Buu caught the cookie and stretched his mouth to wild portions., swallowing the demon cookie.

"N-no way!" Scootaoo exclaimed. She, as well as the rest of our heroes, were pale at the display.

"At least those worthless friends of yours are free now. By the looks of that glutton, I'd say that Dabura was just the appetizer," Chrysalis said grimly.

"Since your cowardice is apparent, take my sister back to Canterlot," Luna stated. "See if Discord can lend us aid and tell the elements to prepare all our defenses!"

"Watch your tongue! You have fear seeping out of you. You are in no--"

"Would you rather face this monster!?" Chrysalis bites her tongue and walks over to Daybreaker. Hoisting the corrupt day princess, Chrysalis teleports away. "Scootaloo. Go and seek Sir Goku for aid. Hopefully, he has won his bout,"

"But--"

"--AAARGH!!!"

Everyone turns to see Gohan were on the ground. And Sombra and the Supreme kai and Buu were in the sky. Sombra tried firing crystal shards into Majin Buu's body. But, while the attack made contact, Majin Buu was unphased by them. Buu took a deep breath and blew on his thumb, sending the shards back at the two. Sombra shifts to his cloud form while Supreme dodges out of the way. Retaliating, Supreme kai sends a shockwave to Buu's face that seems to knock his head back. Sombra took this opportunity to seep into Majin Buu's body via his open holes. Once inside, Sombra shot shards in every direction inside Buu. But the monster's malleable body proved too strong as the shards didn't even pierce his skin. Majin Buu's body quickly reforms as he flips back to the Supreme Kai. A solid clap from both hands against Kai's face was enough to stun him, allowing Buu to bash his head and thrust the kai into the ground. Majin Buu gives himself a standing ovation, clapping his hands excitedly at his actions before black smoke seeps out of his pores. Sombra resolidifies on the ground before falling to his knees. He began hacking and wheezing as if Buu's insides were toxic to him. He had no time to react as Majin slams all of his weight down upon him. Sombra let out a wordless scream as he powers down before finally succumbing to unconsciousness. Supreme Kai picks himself off the dirt, glaring balefully at the monster he's long feared.

"You will stop this!" Supreme Kai shouted as his eyes flash a bright light that knocks Buu off of Sombra. Buu tumbles into a roll before he springs up and lands on his hands. Laughing to mock the Kai, Majin Buu starts to cartwheel to him before headbutting the Supreme Kai toward Babidi and the others. Not content with that, Majin Buu delivers the same treatment to the Supreme Kai as he did Sombra and slams all of his weight down on him. "AAAAAAAH!!!"

"We got to do something!" Scootaloo stated. But her entire body was trembling at the thought of facing such a monster.

"T-the wizard! We must slay the wizard! He is the will behind the creature's actions," Luna said. "Scootaloo! You must go get Son Goku now!"

Scootaloo appeared conflicted but nodded in acknowledgment. However, just as she was about to move her hand, Gohan reenters the battle. He lands a kick against Majin Buu's face that manages to knock him away. His boot's imprint was on Buu's face, yet the creature's dough flesh returns to normal, leaving Gohan awestruck at his attack's inactiveness. Once again, Buu smiles evilly at his foes. "You a big pest. You go away now!"

As the energy gathers in Buu's hands, Gohan makes one more ditch effort to stop his rampage. Seeing this causing Scootaloo to pause in her action. "Watch out for his blast!" Supreme Kai warned, but it was far too late.

Majin Buu fires a blast that completely engulfs Gohan's form and shot off into the distance. "WAAAAAAHHH!!!"

"..." Scootaloo zoned out as the blast carrying Gohan exploded in the distance. She watches as his lifeless body fell toward one of the lava pits. "...Gohan..." she called out, but her voice sounded weak while her eyes stayed fixed on where her colt friend's body vanished. Luna turns her head in remorse, her hand tightening over her scythe. Ember was at a loss for words. Gohan was among the strongest of them, yet this Majin Buu beat him without even trying. Spike bowed his head down in shame from the part he played in bringing this monster back to life.

"...I'm sorry, Scootaloo..." Spike said with all the self-loathing he could muster.

She snapped out of her trance when the sound of laughing and clapping echoed around the vicinity. "Ah-haha! Buu make him dead!"

Tears streamed down the face of the young mare as she stares blankly at Majin Buu. Then, a crimson red aura envelops her. "...You--" She slowly stood up as the red aura turned into a towering gale that shot into the sky. "You're--" Scootaloo's muscles bulged out, popping the wrist bands on her hands as she clenches her fist. She squeezed so hard that blood drips from her hands, yet the blood added another layer to the aura around her hands. Her tears started to morph into red vapor trails as her eye shone a bright red. By now, everyone had their attention on the pegasus.

Majin Buu looked upon the red tsunami Scootaloo was producing with child-like glee. "Oh, pretty light. Horse girl look tasty!"

It was then that Scootaloo spoke the truth for what seemed like the first time of her life. The next words that spilled from her lips came from so deep within Scootaloo's gut. It nearly made all the things she ever said feel like a lie. "YOU'RE DEAD!!!!!"


[Canterlot Castle - Vault Room.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTFLYCMkyiM

The CMC's and Sugar lumps ran through the doors after Starlight and Sunburst gave them the news that the elements were free. It was a sweet moment as Applebloom and Sweetie Belle embraces their sisters. "There, there, sugarcube. I'm alright," Applejack said, nuzzling her little sister.

"It's a good thing. Granny might've tanned my hind if I brought you back as a garden gnome," Applebloom joked.

"Raaarityyyy!" Sweetie sobbed.

"Sweetie Belleeeeee!" Rarity sobbed with equal dramatics.

Rainbow Dash cracks her back as the other elements do the same. "Ok, getting stoned is one hundred percent not awesome!"

"At least now we know how Discord feels," Fluttershy stated.

Said spirit of chaos wraps around her like a boa constrictor. He snaps his fingers, and the elements were all wearing green wavy shirts with the word stoners written on them. "Oh, happy day. I've been trying to get these shirts on the market for a millennium. We can spread awareness for creatures that have been placed in a stone prison. We're like a fan club,"

"Aw, it's not so bad if you count down the seconds. We've been stoned for about two hours and forty-five minutes," Pinkie said as everyone gave her an odd look. "What?"

"Let's not go for a repeat performance..." Twilight said with a groan.

"I'm just glad you were able to break the spell. You both did a good job," Cadence praised.

Starlight and Sunburst gave each other a confused glance before speaking. "Well, the thing is, we didn't break it," Sunburst stated.

"Yeah, the stone just faded away. It might've been time-sensitive, or the caster been dealt with," Starlight pondered.

"Sounds like Scoots is having fun kicking flanks without us. We need to go before the hog up all the fun," Rainbow said.

"No!" Cadence said firmly, shocking the girls.

"What do you mean 'no,' Cadence?" Twilight asks.

"You girls went up against a monster that was able to turn you into stone with nothing but his spit. After he had finished murdering that mystery fighter's friend, this happened from what you all told me. He did this in a span of a few seconds while Goku and the others were there. I'm sorry, girls, but as the senior princess, I forbid you all from facing the enemy again,"

The elements instant;y voiced their objections to this decree. "Cadence. We can't let one setback deter us from performing our duty!"

"Yeah, they got lucky, but we'll be ready this time!"

"Is that where Scootaloo gets it from?" Videl said from the wall. "The only thing that will happen is you all losing your lives,"

"Hey, you don't--"

Rainbow started, but Videl cuts her off. "I was right there. I saw a guy got incinerated two feet from me. And that could've been any of us. Hate to say it, but we're out of our league,"

"It's not a simple setback, Twilight. A lot has happened since you were imprisoned," Cadence began, but the door slammed open as Chrysalis walked in with a small platoon of guards and Shinning Armor behind her. The girls all gasp at the mare that was slung over the former queen's shoulder as she unceremoniously drops Daybreaker to the guard.

"Princess Celestia!" The girls all exclaimed. Daybreaker sits up with her long crimson mane blocking her features. The elements crowd around her while asking if she was alright,

Twilight whirls around with her horn glowing threatening at Chrysalis. "What have you done to her!?"

Chrysalis rolls her eyes deeply at this. "How about you check on your precious sun before you go make a stupid mistake,"

Twilight takes a hesitant step toward her mentor while keeping her eyes on Chrysalis. she kneels to Daybreaker as the corrupt mar looks look. Twilight immediately recoils as she notices the Majin insignia under her mentor's horn's base and the piercing orange pupils glaring into her soul. "...Princess Celestia...?"

"Hmm? My ears are burning. I thought I hear the name of a dead mare," Daybreaker spoke, but to everyone else, her voice was sharp and cruel. The polar opposite of Celestia's warm and motherly tone. "Oh, the overbearing, annoying one is back,"

Twilight's easy splayed against her head. she could believe what she was hearing. "Princess Celestia! It's me. It's us! Don't you remember?"

"Urgh! Who could forget a worthless sycophant like you? Honestly, if my weaker self happens allowed her students so much freedom, Sunset would still be here. Aw, sunset Shimmer. The passion she had in the earlier days of her tutelage was one I could admire. You were barely what I would consider a suitable replacement to the mare Sunset was shaping into being,"

"Princess! What has gotten into you!?" Rarity asked, sounding very appalled.

"Yeah, that is not cool!" Rainbow added.

"Silence, you malignant worms. The only thing worse than a sorry kiss-flank like Twilight is the maggots she attracts that kiss hers,"

The girls all recoil in shock as Cadence and Shining Armor grimace. Chrysalis wore an unabashed smile, thoroughly enjoying the show before her. Twilight felt tears begin to fill her eyes. "..Princess Cel--"

"MY NAME IS DAYBREAAKER! EMPRESS OF EQUESTRIA AND THE WORLD OVER! YOU WOULD THINK A MARE WHO CLAIMS TO BE INTELLIGENT WOULD'VE DEDUCED BY NOW THAT PRINCESS CELESTIA IS GONE!!!" Daybreak snapped. "Honestly, making a neurotic, socially inept filly into an alicorn has been a decision I still regret to this day. The only tolerable thing about your status is that utterly ridiculous title I bestowed upon you; the princess of friendship. At least that way, you were good for a few laughs--"

*THUD*

A spell strikes the back of Daybreaker as everyone turns to Cadence. Shining Armor was by his sister's side as she was on the verge of bawling her eyes out. "As I said, you all missed a lot..."

Cadence said, casting a solemn glance at her unconscious aunt. Cadence got to explaining the recent events quickly as the girls listen on in shock. Chrysalis took over to explain the situation, with Babidi completing his goal of reviving Majin. It was a bitter pill to swallow as the girls tried to cope. "That can't be true..." Applejack said, sliding her hat off her head.

"It seems like it is, darling..." Rarity said ruefully. "Day - excuse me - Princess Celestia's current state of affairs confirms we are in dire straits,"

"All those poor creatures!' Fluttershy said, choking back a sob after hearing about the death of the audience members.

"Ah! We got to do something about this!" Rainbow stated.

"But what? The mean old wizard turned our friends against us and got his even meaner monster on the loose!" Pinkie said, her mane straighter than straw.

"Can't Discord turn them into cotton candy?" Diamond Tiara asked.

"Yeah, or send them to another dimension?" Silver spoon said.

Discord snaps his fingers, and the two mares found themselves in the corner sitting on two high stools while wearing dunce cone caps. "That's a nice little thought, but I am afraid employing such an idea would lead to disastrous results. If our evil wizard can turn someone as prudish and harmonious as Celestia to his side, then throwing a reality-bending, chaos maker into the mix is a recipe I wouldn't recommend,"

Rainbow Dash flew to Discord's face with anger in her eyes. "Then what do we do!?"

No one had an answer for a moment before a bright light caught their attention. Everyone turned to see a light bulb over Discord's head. "Ideaaaa!" Discord said in Rarity's voice. The fashionista was not impressed. "All we have to do is find that nifty little Dragonballs from the installment,"

"Weren't those the same artifacts that gave Tirek a massive boost in power?" Shining Armor reminded.

"Yes, and they housed a dragon that grants wishes," Cadence said.

"We can't use the Dragonballs. Taking them away from the natural habitat nearly destroyed the Earth!" Twilight stated.

"I never said anything about using them here on Equis. We utilize that portal for something important for a change and us the Dragonball on Earth. We even have a resident tour guide,"

Discord snaps his finger, and Videl found herself in a tour guide outfit. "I hate to break it to you, but I have no idea what a Dragonball is or how we can find," Videl said in a nonplussed tone.

"Urgh! since I've been on earth and have some intimate knowledge of it, I can find those Dragonballs for you. I am the one that originally brought them here," Chrysalis said.

"And why the hay should we trust you with something so important?" Applejack said with suspicion.

"Yeah, how do we know you try and used the balls for yourself!?" Rainbow added.

Chrysalis rolled her eyes at this. "As I have any desire to return to that mudball of a planet. If you distrust me so much, you can have Yamcha or Krillin accompany me, and they can use the Dragonballs. They are the only humans that are somewhat useful,"

"I find it funny that you mention you old flame first," Cadence said, raising her eyebrows suggestively and earning a hiss from Chrysalis.

"Alright then, we have a solid plan. We'll find the Dragonballs and und all the death and destruction Babidi caused!" Twilight stated as the girls cheered.


[Volcanic Planes.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL_hmaDEtd4&feature=youtu.be

"MAXIMUM KAIO-KEN TIMES 50!!!" If one were to blink, they would've missed when Scootaloo shot off like a rocket and appeared before Majin Buu, slamming her fist right between the monster's eyes. The force of the blow sent Buu flying across the planes while destroying the landscape in the process. Buu's body crashed and bounced as the monster grunted in pain. In an instant, Scootaloo reappears in the path of Majin Buu with her next attack already prime. She thrust her fist deep into Majin Buu's stomach, forcing the monster's body to fold over her as his eyes popped out. Kicking the pudgy pink blob upwards causes a shockwave at the point of impact. Majin Buu didn't have a chance o recover as Scootaloo flickers above him again and spike him down with an ax kick. As Buu fell back down, Scootaloo shot down and clotheslined Babidi's pet with thunderous results, causing a crater to form beneath Buu's body. Molten magma starts to pour into the crater, but Scootaloo could care less. "HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!" She sat on the pudgy stomach of Majin Buu and started pelting him with a flurry of enraged, Ki-infused punches. Each blow cracks the surface more and more as magma drew closer. As a tidal wave of red hot liquid rock was upon them, Scootaloo teleports to safety while Buu was submerged. Knowing that little dip wouldn't do anything, Scootaloo gathers two Ki orbs in her hands before slamming them together and cupping them to her side. The orbs combine into one blazing red ball of energy that quickly shrouded Scootaloo's form. The light was so intense that the pegasus was sure they could see it from Canterlot. Looking down toward her target, Scootaloo bellows with all the fury in her being as she thrust her arms out. "KAMEHAMEHA TIMES TEEEEEEENNNNNN!!!"

The enhanced Kamehameha wave struck Buu's position with tremendous power. It shifts from a beam to a crimson dome in seconds before erupting into a giant mushroom cloud. Scootaloo powers down as she floats to the ground before collapsing to her knees. Her entire body throb and ache from the strain as the slightest movement sent her muscles into turmoil. Fresh blood fell from her snout and muzzle as she tried to catch her breath. Summoning her remaining strength, Scootaloo flickers back to Babidi. She came onto the scene with gear holding off Spike, Ember, and Luna. Her friends were no worse for wear, but Gera had several cuts In her land coat. In fact, half of it was missing at her waist while her right shoulder had ice covering it. She stood protectively in front of Babidi and Cozy Glow while they hid behind a shield. What Scootaloo found mildly irksome was that despite facing three opponents, Gera was holding her own. That was about to change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKSl1X2PSnA&feature=youtu.be

It was at this moment, Babidi notices Scootaloo's reappearance. "You! How dare lay a finger on my Buu! Do you know what you've done?!"

"Yeah, took out your pet. And you're next!" Scootaloo threatened, but the effect was lessened when she fell to one knee.

"Rest, Young Scootaloo. We will handle this imp and end his terror once and for all!" Luna promised.

Scootaloo shook her head. Gohan's lifeless body, still replaying in the orange mare's mind, pushed her to continue. However, a soft chuckle from Gera gained everyone's attention. "You honestly believe that little display - although impressive - was enough? After everything you saw beforehand?"

Scootaloo went to retort, but a pained grunt from the left directed her gaze at the Supreme Kai. "S-she right! You all need to leave now!"

"No way! They need to pay for what they did!" Spike snarls.

"What 'we' did? Don't be modest with your role in this," Gera taunted.

"She's right. You did a good job helping wake Mr. Buu up. I'll have to make some participation ribbons for you later," Cozy Glow said, adding to the mockery that made Spike's blood boil.

"Please! We can't--" Supreme started but stopped when a loud thud went off to his right. "...No..."

Everyone stood frozen in shock, but none more than Scootaloo, as she felt a dark presence. Slowly, she turns her head to see the face of Majin Buu smiling back at her. The worse part of it all was that there wasn't a single scratch on him. Scootaloo's best efforts amounted to absolutely nothing. "Ahaha. Buu's back!" Buu said, and just as swiftly as his return, Majin Buu backhands the orange mare as Scootaloo world went black.

episode 30: Vegeta's atonement!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Volocanic Planes - Spike POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVkHi2OYswI

Everything just slowed down the moment Scoots got hit. She was out. I could see her eyes from here. They were blank and filled with tears. Her whole body looked as fragile as a leaf flowing in the air. Then, everything sped back up. Scootaloo was heading straight for one of the lava pits. I vanished from my spot and caught her body. But, the momentum was almost unreal. I felt the ground break apart beneath my feet until there wasn't a ground to stand on anymore. I finally managed to stop us while in the air. Scoots were alive, but she's barely hanging on right now. I flickered back to Ember and Luna. It wasn't looking good. Scratch that; things were horrible. Princess Luna was facing Buu, but she couldn't land a single hit. That monster was dancing around her scythe as if everything was a game! Ember came in and housed the monster down with her flames, but my heart sank when Majin Buu just stood there and let himself get doused. When Ember stops, Buu shoots out a poof of smoke in the shape of rings.

"Haha, Buu makes funny cloud!"

"Destestible cur!" Luna shouted, appearing behind Buu and stabbing him with her scythe. Buu instantly froze as I took my shot.

"Claws of the Emerald Dragon!" I sent dozens of energy blades at Majin Buu's form as his frozen body got turned into minced meat. The chunks of cut-up ice fell towards the lava while some fell on land.

"NOO!!! What have you done!?"

"The same fate that befell your monster shall befall you, cetin!" Luna lands with her weapon aimed at Babidi and his goons.

Babidi was looking frustrated, while Cozy was nervous. We can do this for a second. But, that changed when I looked at Gera. That same smug smile stayed on her face this whole time. I followed her line of sightline. The chunk of ice frozen over Buu's legs started to move. I couldn't believe it. But, there it was right in front of us. The legs somehow broke the ice and started running around like a headless Cockatrice. Then, all at once, the ice broke off, and Buu's top halve was back good as new. This thing was a monster straight out of my worst nightmares! Ember and Luna were just as shock as I was, as the only effect our attack had was making him shiver and sneeze.

"Brr. Buu's cold," The monster turns its sights on Luna, who still didn't recover before his antenna flipped in her direction. That same pink beam Buu used on Dabura shot towards her. Thankfully, Princess Luna threw her scythe into it and took the hit. But, the beam turned her weapon into hot coco that Buu caught in its hands. Princes stared in shock as Majin Buu took a sip. Buu sighs as he finished the cup. "Aw~, Buu love hot coco,"

"Well, now. It would seem Majin Bu's regenerative abilities far exceed anything previously recorded," Gera noted, but none of us were paying attention to her.

"Ahaha. Of course, he is. Majin Buu is invincible. Nothing in your pathetic little arsenal can beat him!" Babidi proclaimed, and I was beginning to believe it.

"Do you think Mister Buu can make coco for everypony?" Cozy Glow asked.

"There will be time for sweets later. Right now, I think you realize you're no match for my Buu. So, how about you three get on your hands and knees and acknowledge me as your new ruler. If you do this, I will spare your lives. Except for the Kai, of course," Babidi offers.

"We shall never yield wretch!!!" Princess Luna declares.

"Dragons don't do surrender!" Ember snarls.

"...That's right!" I tried to sound convincing. But I knew it was hopeless.

"Aw, shame. Majin Buu! You may dispose of these fools," Babidi orders.

Buu started to smirk as he flickers behind Princess Luna. Princess Luna spun on a dime while Ember and I appeared at her sides. All of us fired a blast directly into Majin Buu's face. But, my eyes widen with horror as Buu's mouth opens to the size of a dragon and swallows our attack whole. His cheeks ballooned like Pinkie's stuffed with twenty cupcakes from the explosion. Then, he shoots a burst of steam at us all at once. The heat was unreal. I could feel it searing my scales as I was burned for the first time in my life. The attack blew us away and separated us. I felt my body bounce against the ground until I managed to catch myself against the ledge. Looking up, Princess Luna crashes into the wall of another cliff. She was out cold with her hooves hanging out the newly formed hole. Ember was the only one to recover as she flew in the air. Like me, her scales had burn marks from the steam attack. But, her left arm took the worst of it as it went limp. I pulled myself up and teleported to Ember's side.

"Ember. You need to take Scootaloo, Princess Luna, and Supreme kai out of here,"

"No, Spike! I am not running away. I can---"

"You can't fight with that bad arm. Besides, between the two of us, I stand a better chance at buying you time,"

"Spike, I just got you back. Dragons do not run or abandon their mates!"

"Please, Ember. I have to make this right," I gave Ember my best puppy dog stare. I picked it up from the girls after they used it on me so many times. I lack the cute factor, but it works well enough on Ember. "I'll draw them away from Supreme kai, and then you take him, Scoots, and Princess Luna away," She flew off to get the princess first as I turned around. Buu was still sitting without care, but that worked for me. I started breathing above my head and used my ki to trap it as it formed into a ball. I made the attack as big as a house before throwing it at Buu. Just as I thought, Majin Buu blew the flames out, but that left him wide open. Powering up to dragon soul mode, I added Kaio-ken to be safe. Once my flames were gone, I appear in front of Buu and threw the strongest punch I could muster. Only for my auras to disappear the moment I made contact with his stomach. I felt all my power leave me at once as my hand sank into his body.

"Hmm? You trying to tickle Buu?"

"Wha--"

"Did you think I would go back to sleep that easy?"

I felt a cold chill run down my spine as I heard it. The world around me went black as I stood in a pool of blood. In front of me was a pile of bones. There were so many different parts belonging to different species that I couldn't identify any of them. And sitting on top was a dark purple and green version of me. "...Spi-Roh...?"

"Aw, you remember me. I'm touched,"

"W-where are we?"

"Isn't that obvious? We're in my head. That wizard is better than I thought. He messed with the seal pretty good for me to do this much. Don't worry, stuff like time is more malleable while we're here,"

"This is my body!"

Spi-Roh grins down at me as he was suddenly standing in front of me. "Isn't now? Then, why can't you access my power? News flash; because I won't let you. While you may be at the wheel now, I decided I'm not going let you get a free ride anymore,"

"We're in the middle of fighting Majin Buu. We'll die if--"

I felt Spi-Roh grip his hand over my snout as he hoists me up. "Dying is annoying, but I'm pretty petty, as you know. So, watching you and everything you love die is a nice consultation prize. Now, where were we back on the outside? Oh yeah," A screen came up, and I saw Majin Buu wind up for a big punch. His fist slammed into my chest as my body flew from the force. The outside world came rushing back all at once, as did this horrible pain in my torso. I looked down to see a pool of blood around me. My chest looked like it was caved inward. Ember was standing in front of me as Majin Buu started coming toward us. She didn't stand a chance. I had to get up, but I had no strength left. "Say, you want to take bets on how she's going to die? Those candy powers were interesting. Maybe he turns her into a cupcake of a jawbreaker. Any thoughts?"

Tears started to fill my eyes as I prayed for some miracle. Who answered was something I didn't believe. An explosion went off in the distance that got all our attention. "That was in the location of the ship!" Gera started in surprise.

"What?! You mean my ship was destroyed!?!?" Babidi exclaims.

Suddenly, a massive power level was heading right toward us. I thought it was maybe my mentor or maybe Gohan managed to survive. But, the person who landed was none other than Vegeta. "Hmph, what are sorry sight this is to behold. It doesn't look like your little group did anything,"


[Third Person POV.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwZ1xkJQUHo&list=PL42832D42DE3902B9&index=17

"Vegeta. Good. I assume you were successful in stopping other meddlers?"

"In part," Vegeta responded. Spike and Ember were disturbed by the news.

"What does that mean? Did you kill them or not. It's a simple question!"

"More importantly, did you see what caused the explosion? I sure hope none of the creatures inside are hurt," Cozy Glow asked.

"Not to worry, I took the liberty of destroying that eyesore of a space vessel. I didn't want you having any delusions of leaving," Vegeta said with a smirk.

"What!?" Cozy and Babdi shouted.

"Do you realize what you have done? You've stranded me on this dirtball of a planet!" Babidi said in anger.

"I'm curious as to why you would betray your master in such a manner?" Gera asks.

"I am the master of my fate, not some minuscule ugly freak of nature. And now I am here to destroy you and your minions. We end this here and now!" Vegeta proclaims.

He begins channeling his power as shockwaves erupt. The winds Vegeta generated were enough to make ripples in Majin Buu's body. Moments later, several rocks crashed onto Buu's position. As Buu destroys them, Vegeta rushes in and clips him with a knee strike. Majin Buu staggers before Vegeta dashes in again with a brutal combination attack. Despite the assault, Majin Buu maintained a stance with his hands in the air. Vegeta lands three more brutal shots to Buu's stomach, face, and the back of his head before scoring a roundhouse kick. Buu skids across the ground before standing up. His body had areas where Vegeta's attacks caved inward. However, Buu grunts as the wounds popped back to normal. Buu began charging at Vegeta with steam shooting from his holes. Vegeta met the charge and connected with an uppercut to his cheek. Vegeta follows up with a straight punch before landing another roundhouse kick to the back of the neck. Buu fell face-first into the dirt and laid there unresponsive.

"Hey, what's wrong with you, Buu? Why are you losing? why can't you beat him like the others!?" Babidi asks.

"You're not fair, Vegeta. Mr. Buu just woke up. He's in no condition to be fighting!" Cozy glow chastised. Gera couldn't help but laugh at this.

"Is this it, Babidi? This pathetic monster is the terror of the universe? What a joke!"

In the background, Ember manages to secure Spike and Scootaloo in a safe location. Imagine her surprise when she found Smolder and her friends had already saved the princess. What was more surprising was the fact that Piccolo was present as well. "What are you doing here!?" Ember asks.

"We--" Smolder started, but Goten cut her off.

"We wanted to see that crazy monster down there!" Goten blurted out.

"Yeah, but I was expecting something less doughy," Sandbar said.

"And something smarter than a foal," Gallus added.

"It kind of acts like a newborn," Silverstream noted.

"It is freaky pink blob monster," Yona stated. "Yona has seen frost cats scarier than that,"

"Yeah, that blond guy is kicking its flanks all over the place," Silverstream commented.

"The first thing every hatchling learns is never to believe a creature is harmless," Ocellus said.

"That's is sound advice," Piccolo said, gaining everyone's attention. Spike and Luna were healed as he stood at the edge to watch the ensuing battle. "As it stands, all of us are out of our league here,"

"Come on. You think my dad can't handle that tub of lard?" Trunks ask, mildly offended.

"Can't you feel that monster power!?" Piccolo said sharply, making Trunks wince. "Even Goku would have a hard time dealing with this on his own! However, with the way Vegeta is currently fighting, it's like he's stronger than a normal Super Saiyan,"

"Hey, where are my dad and my brother? Didn't you leave with them, Piccolo?"

"It's hard to say," Princess Luna stated. Piccolo notices her grimace as she said that. "We tasked Gohan with dealing with the beast. He did not fare any better than us..." Scootaloo glared down at the monster but remained quiet. Gohan's loss was still fresh, and she refused to accept it. Piccolo bows his head in sorrow as he understood the implications.

"It doesn't matter. We need to use this time to escape," Ember stated.

Smolder's eyes widen in shock at what she heard. She notices her dragonlords and princess of the night turn away. Spike notices her staring and glances back. Smolder saw a look she never expects to see from Spike; remorse. That swarm and arrogance were gone as he spoke softly. "You all shouldn't be here," Spike said.

"I'm surprised you're not down there," Smolder said, eyeing spike's reactions.

"I was, and we can't stop that thing," Smolder looks back in more surprise. Clearly, something had happened, but she didn't know if she should press anything yet.

"Nah, my dad's got this. Yeah, get him. You got that monster right where you want him!" Trunks cheered.

Back down below, Vegeta was dominating the fight against Buu. The pudgy monster sat on the ground as Vegeta flicked around him, raining blow after blow upon him. Vegeta appears behind him and kicks Majin Buu to the ground again. Buu sat up, but Vegeta follows up with an uppercut and sends Buu skyward. Majin Buu burst through the clouds above, but Vegeta was there to send him back down with an overhead strike. However, Vegeta throws another kick at Buu before he hits the ground, causing the monster to form a crater upon impact. Vegeta lands as Buu jumps out of the debris. Once again, his injuries pop back to normal as Buu laughs with glee. Vegeta snorts in frustration as Babidi begins to cackle.

"Hahahaha! Buu, you are positively amazing. I love you!"

"Hey! what about--"

Cozy started, but Babidi ignores her. "Now go, and he destroys him!"

"Welcome to the sidelines," Gera giggles, earning a sour look from the filly.

Buu started skipping his way toward Vegeta as the Saiyan price straightens his posture. He holds up two fingers while electricity dances in his aura. Buu pauses briefly before a narrow beam shoots from Vegeta's fingertips, piercing Buu's stomach and back effortlessly. Buu flips backward and lands face-first on the ground while Vegeta lets out a satisfied chuckle. That was short-lived as Majin Buu returns to his feet with a sizable hole in his stomach. With another flex, the hole disappears as if it wasn't there, much like his other injuries. The pudgy pink menace looks around both ways before grinning at Vegeta.

"No, no. Buu does not drop dead,"

"What is he, immortal?" Vegeta asks himself.

Buu smiles as he crosses his arms. The color around the area took on a pink hue as a dome of energy started to pulse from Buu. The light from the energy grew more intense as the gleeful expression on Majin Buu's face morphed into a more serious one. His eyes opened for what seemed like the first time as he spoke in a menacing tone. "Buu big mad now...!"

"Eh? What is this!?" Babidi asks.

"Everyone, take cover now!" Piccolo commanded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26w-hlyaqI8

"You go away!!!" Majin Buu bellowed as the Ki he gathered exploded out all at once. Babidi shields himself with a barrier, as did Gera and our remaining heroes. Vegeta braces himself as well while the world flashed a bright pink light. When the color returned to normal, Buu hovers in the air directly above the massive crater he created. The hole was deep, with molten cracks along the edges and rivets of lava pouring down it. Vegeta was kneeling on the ground, using his right arm to steady himself, as blood dripped from his shoulder. Standing up, he limps over to the monster as Buu starts dancing at his accomplishment. Buu lands on the ground in front of Vegeta as he brought up his hand, closing and opening it. "You're no fun. You go bye, bye, bye, bye, bye!!!"

"L-look at the size of that hole!" Gallus said in a nervous tone.

"Which one? The one on the ground, or the one that creature made vanish from its stomach!" Smolder exclaims in disbelief.

"How do we stop this thing if nothing hurts it?" Silverstream asks in a frightened tone.

"Maybe the p-professors?" Ocellus offers meekly.

"They're still trapped to stone! There's nothing we can do!" Sandbar panicked.

"Yona doesn't like this pudgy monster!"

"Nothing is invincible. This creature must have a weakness!" Princess Luna stated.

"So how do we find it?!" Ember demanded.

"Can we?" Spike said in a defeated tone. Back with Majin Buu and Vegeta, Buu had taken a large clump of his flesh from his body. It stretched out like a long piece of bubble gum as Buu hoots in awe. Buu started skipping again while twirling his lump of flesh as several Ki blasts shot from its mouth. Vegeta dodges to the best of his ability. However, Buu launches a stronger blast, resulting in a bigger explosion that left Vegeta unawares. He tosses the wad of gummy flesh as it wraps around Vegeta like a boa constrictor. "Look at it. It's using its flesh as a weapon!"

Many of the juniors blanched at the sight. However, their collective revulsion soon gave way to horror as Majin Buu slammed his full weight upon Vegeta from a great height. From his seated position on top of the Saiyan princess, Majin Buu had free reign to assault Vegeta's face with a series of hooks to the cheek. The laughter of Buu and Babidi offset Vegeta's screams of pain. "We need to help. Dad's in trouble!" Trunks stated. However, the young Saiyan was confused to see everyone hesitant to move. "What's wrong with you?"

"Helping him is impossible..." Spike said grimly.

"What? Why?"

"We all fought that monster, and we couldn't touch him. We were powerless just like Vegeta is now!" Ember admitted as much as it hurt to do so.

"Then we have to get my brother and my dad!" Goten reminded again. The two junior Saiyans look between the adults, but none of them would even face them.

"Forget this, come on, Goten!" Trunks said.

"No! Stay where you are, boys. There's nothing any of us can do now. You'd only be causing Vegeta more pain!" Trunks grunted in anger until he transforms and rushes out. Goten quickly follows suit and bolts out with Trunks. However, Piccolo grabs his arm. "Stop, Goten; you'll make things worse!"

"Let me go! Trunks' needs my help!" Goten stated. Piccolo remained silent. "If I were Gohan, I bet you'd let me go!"

That remark got Piccolo to let go as Goten races to join Trunks. Piccolo growls as he felt a hand upon his shoulder. He looks back to Princess Luna, who wore a serious expression. "We may not be able to stop that creature. But, there is someone else who isn't as formidable. I will need your assistance," The princes of the night gestures over to Babidi and his ilk. Piccolo nods his head as Scootaloo joins them. If Buu was unreachable right now, she could take out her anger on the next best thing. Babidi and his minions were so engrossed in the carnage Majin Buu was reeking, they did not notice when Scootaloo teleported the trio behind them. Luna acted quickly and wrapped her magical aura around Gera while Scootaloo grabs Cozy Glow by the back of her neck. The filly trailing and screaming got Babidi's attention as Piccolo was looming over the mad wizard.

"You useless twits! How could you let yourselves got captured!?" Babidi chastised.

"I'd worry more about yourself! What you and that monster have done is unforgivable!" Piccolo said in a grim tone. Piccolo brings his hand down in a chopping motion. But, the power-hunger wizard manages to place a barrier between them.

"You fool! I am far too powerful for you! Pah-Pa-da-Pah!" Babidi thrust his arms out as electric slime coated onto Piccolo's form.

"Piccolo!!!" Scootaloo exclaims.

"What have you done!?" Princess Luna demands.

Babidi merely cackles madly as the goop appeared to force Piccolo's mass to expand. However, Piccolo maintained a calm demeanor as he flexed his power and cleared away the goop. attempting his attack again, Piccolo struck the barrier with more force as he began to piece through. "W-wait! I am the only one who can seal Majin Buu. If you kill me, Majin Buu will run wild. Everything in the universe will die! Do you want that!?"

"That's not going to happen even if you are alive, so it doesn't matter anymore! HAAA!!!" Piccolo crushes the barrier separating the two. Babidi tries to fly away, but Piccolo bars his path again. "Goodbye!" Then and, in one fluid motion, Piccolo cuts Babidi into three pieces.

His arm, legs, and torso fell into the crater Buu made earlier as he utters his last words. "Wha-- What have you done to me!?!?"

"NOOOO!!!" Cozy Glow screams out as she watches her master fall into the molten abyss.

"Tsk!" Gera sucks her teeth.

"Good riddance!" Scootaloo said coldly.

"Now we must deal with the monster and hope we may yet prevail," Princess Luna stated. "After we secure these two!"

"Really? I don't feel very secure~," Gera taunted.

"I am rarely confident you cannot free yourself!" Princess Luna assured.

"Are you certain of your assessment? I wouldn't want you to get your hopes up,"

"Can you stop clip-clopping and get us the buck free!?" Cozy Glow hollers.

"Fine," everyone tensed up, preparing for the worse, as Luna strengthens her magic. However, that did little against the high pitch screech Gera emitted. The sound was so sharp that it hurt Piccolo's ears, so the three equines' sensitive hearing was no match for it. As the magical aura surrounding her drops, Gera rushes to Cozy before flickering away.

"Ah! They're getting away!!!" Scootaloo grunted out.

"Forget it, they're gone...!" Piccolo said with a pained expression. It took a few more moments for their ears to stop ringing. "Let's show things are going,"

Majin Buu switched tactics on the ground level and started stepping on Vegeta's bound form, eliciting a cry of pain with each stomp. However, Buu failed to notice Trunks closing in with his leg outstretched until his boot connected with Buu's face. Majin Buu flew into one of the lava pits as Goten lands and pulled the pink binding flesh from Vegeta. Vegeta laid battered and beaten as he remained unresponsive to Trunks pleas for him to wake up.

"Hey, dad. Come on, dad, wake up. It's me..."

"..."

When no answer came, Trunks redoubled his efforts to stir his father. "Dad. Dad! Dad!!! Come on, get up. Wake up, please, dad!!!"

"Is he alive?" Goten asks.

"Of course he is! My dad is the toughest guy in the whole world! Mom said my dad used to be the prince of every single Saiyan! He's a prince, Goten, a prince! And there's no way a prince can lose to some monster!"

As if spurred by his son's words, Vegeta regains consciousness. "...Uh! Trunks, my son!" The Saiyan prince slowly sits up to get his bearings before the realization hits him. "Ah! Where is Majin Buu!?"

"He's taking a lava bath," A voice suddenly said. Scootaloo hovers in the sky with Princess Luna and Piccolo as Spike and the others join them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u_hHAYHLP8

"What do we do?" Ember asks.

"We fight that thing, of course. It can't take all of us!" Trunks said confidently.

"Yeah!" Goten supported.

"...Trunks. You need to take good care of your mother," Vegeta suddenly said, prompting Trunks to look at his father with confusion.

"What do you mean "take care of mom?" You can do that, right?"

"..."

"You can take care of mom too, can't you, dad? Dad! "

"..."

"Why would you say that? Dad! Are you going somewhere?"

"...I want all of you to leave and get far away from here" The sudden declaration made everyone look at Vegeta in alarm. "As for Buu, I'll fight him alone,"

"That's crazy, Vegeta!" Scootaloo stated.

"We stand a better chance utilizing all of our strengths!" Princess Luna said.

"They're right, dad. We'll fight with you! You don't want to get killed, do you?! You got to let us help you, dad!" Trunks said adamantly. He turns to Goten and the juniors. "You all in?"

"Just try and stop me!" Goten said.

"You're crazy, kid. Did you see what that thing did?" Gallus stated, gesturing to the damage Buu has caused thus far.

"Don't tell me you're scared?" Trunks' asks. None of the juniors rose to the bait, though, and adopt several looks of unease.

"W-we want to help, Trunks. but, that thing..." Ocellus trails off as she shivers. "...It doesn't feel right. It feels like the end,"

"Argh, fine! Goten and the rest of us are with you!"

"Stop it! It's too dangerous for any of you! I will finish this myself," Vegeta said more forcefully.

"Come on. It will be easier to beat him with us. We got a world champ, two dragons, and a princess. Especially Trunks and I," Goten said enthusiastically.

"We'll gang up on 'im!" Trunks said with equal resolve as Goten.

"Yeah, we're tough! We could even beat that big blob without your help! Right, Trunks?"

"You bet!

"We might even do better than you did!"

Trunks and Goten covered their mouths as they got too carried away in their ranting. However, Vegeta continued to look towards Buu as he spoke softly. "Trunks. You are my only son, and yet I never held you once as a baby, have I?"

"He never held him as a foal? Not cool," Sandbar asks. The other juniors shush him.

Vegeta finally turns to his son and holds out his hand. "Come here, son,"

"Dad, what's wrong?" Trunks ask as Vegeta pulls him into a hug.

The battlefield went silent as if to allow this moment as Vegeta spoke with a soft and proud smile. "You made me proud, my son,"

"Huh?" trunks said in confusion. That was when Vegeta swiftly chops Trunks against his neck. The boy powers down and falls unconscious as everyone watches on in shock.

"What are you'd doing!?" Goten exclaims, running up to Vegeta and shaking his waist. "Why would you do that!? He's your son! You might've killed him! What's wrong with you!? We only wanted to help you-- Urgh!?!?"

Vegeta was less gentle with Goten as he drives his fist into his stomach, but the result was the same, as Goten depowers and falls unconscious. "Any reason why Goten couldn't be knocked out like Trunks?" Scootaloo couldn't help but asks.

Vegeta allowed himself a chuckle. "He was a strong resemblance to his father. I couldn't resist," Picking the boys up, he walks over to Piccolo and hands them to him. The Namekian warrior gave a short nod in understanding. "Will any others be wishing to fight?"

The juniors vehemently shook their heads. "No, you got this!" Smolder stated as her friends agreed.

"I have seen that look upon many of the ponies of old that served in my guard," Princess luna suddenly said. "Are you quite sure of this course of action?"

"Trust me; I'd rather do anything else than this. But, there's no other way!" Vegeta responded.

"Vegeta, I think I understand. And, someday, so will Trunks!" Piccolo said. A rumble went off in the distance as molten lava shot into the air. Moments later, Majin Buu reemerged, looking angry and confused. However, once he found our heroes, he began prancing over to their location with the same gleefully smile. Vegeta walks forward, putting himself between Buu and the others as Piccolo continued. "You'll die. You know that, right?" everyone winces and gasps at the truth finally being said out loud.

"There is one thing I would like to know. Tell me; will I meet that clown Kakarot in the other world?"

"I am not going to lie to you, Vegeta, but the answer might be difficult for you to hear. This is the truth,"

"..." There was a very subtle twitch of Vegeta's eyes as he braced himself.

"Goku devoted his life to protecting the lives of others. Because of his selflessness, he was allowed to keep his body and travel to King Kai's planet. You - on the other hand - have spent your life in pursuit of your selfish desire. You've caused too much pain. When you die, you will not receive the same reward..."

"Oh, well, so be it," Vegeta accepted. Majin slowly got closer as Vegeta spoke with more urgency. "That will be all. Kakarot is off in that direction. Find him, get out of here, and hurry!"

Our heroes leave with a sense of uncertainty as Buu was now only a few meters away. "Hey! Which one of you meanies hit Buu!?" Buu points toward the retreating. "You stay. You fight Buu!!!"

"Yes! That's right!"

"Hmm?"

"Your fight is with me! The others are of no concern to you! Got it? You big bloated balloon freak!!!"

Buu snarls at the insults as steam shoots from his pours. "Buu doesn't like you. Buu makes you hurt bad!!"

"Hehehe, I think I finally understand you! Let's go!!!" Vegeta's aura flares intensely.

As our heroes found Goku, Scootaloo and Spike hoist him up as Spike spoke up. "This is crazy! Vegeta doesn't stand a chance!"

"We should wake up, Goku. And Gohan is still out there!" Scootaloo stated.

"We don't have time for either of that suggestions," Piccolo bows his head as he utters his next words. "I can't feel Gohan's Ki. You know what that means..."

Scootaloo and Spike look downtrodden as Ember spoke next. "And Vegeta?"

"For the first time, Vegeta is fighting for someone other than himself-- Controlling his own fate!"

Back with Vegeta and Buu, the Saiyan princes swirled around a dome as the wind began to pick up. The skies darken again, this time to highlight Vegeta's twisting energy, as Maji Buu looks on in amazement. Sending a devious smile, Buu spoke. "You look tasty. I make you chocolate, or maybe cracker and cheese!"

"Hehe, You are a fool! I am going to crush you and throw you into the wind!!!" Majin Buu seemed surprised by that promise as he looks at his hands in disbelief at the Princes's words. All the while, Vegeta's smile remained confident. His energy was now flowing into the skies above as the orb around him started to condense. 'Trunks. Bulma. I do this for you. And, yes, even for you-- Kakarot!' Majin Buu began to sense something was amiss as Vegeta's ki grew more and more powerful. It hit the pink terror in waves that managed to push him back slightly. At the same time, Vegeta hunched over as he grunted in the effort before release all his energy at once. "ERRR-RAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!" The dome of energy around Vegeta expanded outward in an instant, Majin Buu release what had to be the first wail of pain since his revival as the blast completely overtaking both him and Vegeta.

In the distance, our heroes caught the results of Vegeta's attack. The blinding bright light was impossible to miss. To the Equestrians, it was as if the sun was setting over the horizon. "...Vegeta..." Scootaloo said, watching the dome of ki continue to expand to impossible levels and knowing what it meant. "VEGETAAAAAA!!!" Everyone shielded themselves as one of the mightiest warriors of two worlds vanished in a blinding flash of light. His name was Vegeta. A proud Saiyan Prince.

Episode 30: Vegeta's atonement part 2.

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[Volcanic Planes - Moment Earlier.]


"HAAAAAA-AAAAAHHHHHHH-AAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!" Vegeta bellows as he expended more and more of his Ki. He could feel every cell in his body melt away. His muscle bulge and pulled in protest, and his entire body scream out in agony. But, the Saiyan prince did not care. There was too much at stake. Stopping now would be a death sentence, and Vegeta never did anything as a half measure. He was committed now. Majin Buu would fall this day, and he would drag the monster down to hell personally if that what it took. Finally, as his power and his pain threshold reached their zenith, everything stops. Vegeta checks himself over, surprised that his injuries are healed, and he had powered down. Above his head sat a halo he had seen with Kakarot. Checking his surroundings, he was now in an office room. But, the furniture was massive. A desk the size of a mountain peak and a pair of doors that seem to reach the skies. "what's going on here?"

"I am glad you asked," A new voice boomed. Suddenly, the doors opened as a bright light shined through the checks. Vegeta braced himself as the floor beneath him started to shake. The rumbling had the same rhymic pattern of a pair of footsteps that drew ever closer. Vegeta attempted to raise his power but found he had no access to his Ki. Then, a red ogre emerges from the doorway. He wore a purple suit with a red tie. Tucked away in his arms was a paper file that was as thick as a continent. His hat was purple, and two white horns jutting out the sides but was pointing down instead of upwards. Vegeta eyed the titan of a monster carefully as it pulled the chair out and sat down. "Now then..." It dropped the file it was carrying on the desk with a thunderous thud while taking out a pair of glasses and turning the pages. "let's get you process, Vegeta,"



"You know of me?" Vegeta asks cautiously.

"Only through word of mouth from some former acquaintances of yours. And let me tell you; they had nothing nice to say," The ogre chuckles.

"You said something about processing. What does that mean?"

"Well, as you might've guessed from that ring around your head, you're in the Otherworld. The place where all spirits come when they finally kick the bucket. Or, in simpler terms, you're dead, Vegeta,"

"...Hmph, I gathered that much. So, is this the part where you send me off to hell?"

"I'm glad we're on the same page. It makes this process a lot smoother. Unless you want to try and stir up trouble!"

"What's the point? It wouldn't change my current predicament,"

The ogre nods in appreciation. "Good, good. It never goes well. But, you know that old saying: fools rush in, and whatnot. I am King Yenma, by the way. I must say you amassed quite the file here - a staggering amount of murder - and that's only from one on one combat. The number of planets you've destroyed is in a category of their own. Now, normally, we'd send you straight into the fire pits the moment you walked in here. But, because you showed some redeeming qualities at the point of your death, you earned a redemption term. A program to work off your ill-deeds you accuminated during your life to gain a second chance. You might even get to keep your body. Of course, you still have to be punished for your crimes. So..." A door opens up to Vegeta's right. "Please walk into the room over there. I got to warn you, Vegeta. What you're about to face is something I would not wish on even my ex-wife,"

"Hmph!" Vegeta crossed his arms and walked inside. There was a chair position in front of a television set. Seeing no other option, the Saiyan prince sits down as the tv turns on by itself. Instantly, the realization of his punishment sat in, and even the Saiyan elite eyes widen in horror at the display.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules, and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy

I want to tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching, but
You're too shy to say it
Inside, we both know what's been going on
We know the game, and we're gonna play it

And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

(Ooh, give you up)
(Ooh, give you up)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)
Never gonna give, never gonna give
(Give you up)

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching, but
You're too shy to say it
Inside, we both know what's been going on
We know the game, and we're gonna play it

I want to tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"





April Fools!!:trollestia:

episode 31: What Comes After!

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[Intro.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvD-KGqt2E

High over the horizon, a long, serpentine-like dragon, Shenron, soars through the skies. Upon his head were the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks enjoying the ride. Moments later, a portal opens. Flying past the dragon, Vegeta, and Piccolo enter the portal first as the trio looks on in awe. Shenron lets out a roar as he follows the two through it. The scenery quickly changes from Earth to Equis.

Celestia enjoyed a teacup on her balcony with her sister Luna as Shenron exits the background portal. Fluttershy was busy tending to the animals in her sanctuary as Angel bunny frantically points to the dragon above. The yellow pegasus looks up and gasps at the sight. Over in Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack hauling in her product before a large gust of wind from Shenron's passing blows her hat off. The farm mare puts down her produce and gives chase. In Ponyville, Pinkie gasps as she hovers in the air while Shenron passes. A moment later, the party mare disappears, leaving behind an outline of smoke. Rarity struggles on a new line at the carousel boutique, featuring the combat Gi's Spike and Scootaloo wore before Shenron passes by her window. A look of inspiration hit the fashion mare as she quickly stretches something out before running outside. Rainbow Dash was resting on a cloud when she spotted Shenron in the skies. Looking at their destination, Rainbow shot off her perch with her signature sonic rain-boom. The trios of Saiyans leap off the great dragon while landing in front of the castle. There, Twilight is standing at the entrance, waving them over. The rest of the elements of harmony, Piccolo and Vegeta, were there to greet them.

Elsewhere, Dragonlord Ember was walking through a hellish landscape. The silhouette of a massive dragon was reaching toward her. She closes her eyes, only to open them again as Spike looks at her with concern. In a coliseum filled with cheering spectators, Scootaloo walks in with the EAT belt around her waist. Her opponent was a man in a brown and white Gi that sported an afro. She shoots her opponent a confident grin as the two charge one another. A second later, Scootaloo sends her rival out of bounds as two announcers - one blond human and Earth pony of similar features - declare her the winner. High above the castle of friendship, the Great Saiyaman floats above the structure as the sun rises. He smirks as he flies off into the rising sun.

The sunsets as the moon rising over a statue of Goku. Spike and Scootaloo stood there wearing somber expressions at the loss of their beloved mentor. However, the transparent image of Goku puts a reassuring hand on Scootaloo's and Spike's shoulders. They turn around in shock at his appearance. He smiles at his pupils before he fades away, with the two of them chasing after him. They don't get far as several figures cloaked in shadows appear before them. Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten land beside them as they all take combat stances. There was a staredown between the two factions before they collide in an explosion of light. Finally, the ponies and dragons stand next to the Z fighters in front of the School of Friendship. Goku lands between his wife while draping his arm over Gohan's shoulder. They both share wide grins for their friends and family.


[Volcanic Planes - Luna's POV.]


It was a strange sensation watching Vegeta's attack unfold. Over the horizon, it closely resembled my sister's sun setting for our routine cycle. Yet, this orb represents so much more than the setting of the day. I have only heard stories of ponies performing such a feat-- expelling all of one's life force. It is not a recommended maneuver that one employs needlessly. For the price, you must often pay too steep. Even from this distance, I could feel the heat rad