At the same time, on an island surrounded by sea…
Korin stood on the shore while leaning on a cane, watching the waves in the sea splashing against a reef. On the island, which wasn't large, several hundred boys and girls were seriously training.
"Master Roshi, did you sense it? Gohan's Ki has been restored!"
Korin sounded pleasantly surprised. Just a few minutes ago, Gohan's aura, which had been as negligible as the light of a firefly, suddenly became stronger again.
Master Roshi was also pleasantly surprised. His grey beard curled upward along with the wind as he said excitedly, "Yes, Gohan's Ki has been restored, and Trunks' Ki has also been restored." Of course, they also sensed that besides Gohan and Trunks, there was also another Ki which was very strong.
They had never before felt such a strong Ki, and even Goku and Vegeta's Ki, at their prime, was inferior to it.
"Such an incomparably deep yet domineering aura; is this the aura of a Golden Flame Warrior? But when did such a strong expert appear on Earth? Will this expert be a friend or a foe!" Korin muttered, his voice containing inexplicably complicated emotions. As he thought of those days when the Saiyans invaded earth, he was really doubtful whether this Saiyan would be good or evil.
"It's definitely a Golden Flame Warrior. Then, are there other Saiyans on earth?"
Master Roshi heaved a long sigh and agreed with Korin's point of view. "But no matter what, at least Gohan isn't in danger anymore; but from that deep and upright aura, at least we can sense that this Saiyan is not evil. "
"That's enough!" Master Roshi was excited.
As he saw it, the emergence of this mysterious Saiyan had more or less brought some variable to this fight which they seemingly had no chance of winning. Furthermore, Gohan became strong again right after this aura appeared. Gohan's, Trunks', and that mysterious person's aura had been together for so long without any signs of battle; from this, Master Roshi and Korin guessed that they were probably conversing. It was like a dream!
"Yeah!" Korin nodded. Earth could no longer withstand the suffering, so they couldn't afford more evil people appearing. But if it was a helper, then it would be all for the best.
"Master Roshi, Aunt Chichi woke up. Just now… that Ki… Is Gohan okay?" Videl walked out of the house and asked anxiously.
"Yeah! Tell Chichi that Gohan is all right now." Master Roshi nodded.
Getting an affirmative answer from Master Roshi, who was such a powerful person, Videl breathed a sigh of relief. It seemed like numerous burdens had been lifted up from her shoulders. Soon, Chichi, who also got the good news, came out and inquired repeatedly whether Gohan's life was really not in danger. Chichi covered her face and kept crying.
"Right, we haven't contacted the outside world for so long. How is the rebel army of the various regions?" Videl asked Master Roshi and the others.
The rebel army on Earth was formed by all the soldiers left over from the former cities. They were said to be the rebel army, but in fact, they could only do small chores, like looking for the wounded people. They couldn't play much of a role in facing the Androids. However, in this period where cities were in total disarray, the rebel army's greater role was to stabilize the hearts of the people, and not let the people of earth to completely lose hope; while at the same time, the rebel army would also frighten those people that were trying to take advantage of this chaos to run amuck among the ordinary people.
Master Roshi thought for a while and looked at the young boys and girls, who were arduously training not far away, and said, "When this phase of training is over, let the children go out and provide assistance to the Earth Defense Force in searching for the wounded! With them joining, the defense force should be able to do more!"
I understand, Master Roshi."
Videl nodded. Now they could only do this.
On the other side, in West City.
Underground of the former Capsule Corporation headquarters, Bulma was focusing on drawing and writing on a blueprint, constantly modifying it. A CPU was making "buzz buzz buzz" sounds nearby; red and green indicator lights were blinking as it ran calculations.
"Whoosh!" A greyish metal door was opening horizontally. When the metal door fully opened, Trunks and company walked in.
"Mom, we are back." Trunks shouted.
Bulma looked up, and after seeing that her son and Gohan had returned safely, her weary face relaxed. At this time, she noticed that there was a stranger beside Trunks and Gohan. He looked like he was in his early 20s, younger than Gohan. He was tall and straight but a little bit thin. He should be a martial artist!
Bulma was still good at discerning details. After all, she had been in contact with Goku, Krillin, and others since she was a child. With time, she was able to discern if someone had trained or not. She asked in surprise, "Trunks, who is this person next to you?"
"Aunt Bulma, this is Mr. Xiaya, and he is also a powerful Golden Flame…uh a Super Saiyan. When Trunks and I were returning after buying machine parts, we came across those two Androids. If Mr. Xiaya hadn't appeared in time, I am afraid that we wouldn't have been able to return!" Gohan briefly recounted on what happened.
After listening to Gohan's explanation, Bulma felt lingering fears for a while. She didn't think that Gohan and Trunks would so coincidentally run into the Androids. However, the expression in her eyes became friendly as she gratefully looked at Xiaya. Then she remembered Xiaya's origin as Gohan had just now mentioned, and her eyes immediately widened.
"Mr. Xiaya really came from the past?"
She naturally understood the concept of parallel universes, and because of this, hope could be faintly seen in her eyes.
Xiaya smiled and discerned that Bulma definitely harbored thoughts of
changing the timeline. However, this idea had to be squashed as soon as possible. Vados once said that changing the timeline was strictly forbidden. If one was slightly careless, then it would be good if it only ends with the creation of a parallel universe, but in the worst case, it could cause the entire multiverse to collapse.
"Accurately, it should be a space-time continuum parallel to this one. In both parallel universes, the people, the things and even matters occurring them, are very similar. However, once a parallel universe has been created, it signifies a complete separation. What happens in both worlds would not interfere with each other again, so it is not possible to use the time machine to change the history of this world."
Xiaya's words were tantamount to declaring that Bulma's idea of
changing the space-time would fail.
Bulma was disappointed. "Is there really no way?"
"Changing the past, at most, would create a new parallel universe, but there would be no change to the existing world," Xiaya said with certainty, and then informed them about the ban on the creation of time machines by the universe gods.
"Oh, it seems that this method really wouldn't work." Bulma nodded disappointingly. For a moment, she went into a daze.
Looking at Bulma's weary face that had experienced the vicissitudes of life, and her light purple hair which had a little split ends, Xiaya sighed. In the end, time had left behind traces on her face. Remembering the young Bulma in the original space-time continuum, she had only been six or seven years old when Xiaya last saw her, but in the blink of an eye, he saw a 50-year-old version of her in this unfamiliar world.
"Oh, by the way, what about your sister, Tights?" Xiaya asked.
Bulma took a sip from a glass of water and said, "My sister died of illness a few years ago." Then she said with melancholy, "It may be good that she died; at least she didn't have to struggle on this planet on which as if an apocalypse had arrived."
Xiaya fell silent. He didn't know what to say.
After a while, Xiaya said, "Bulma, I hope that you can create an Interdimensional Travel Device, so that I would be able to go back to the other parallel universe; and as a reward, I will stay and help you people defeat the Androids, and I will also train Gohan and Trunks."
Saying this, he looked at Gohan and Trunks.
These two people of mixed bloodlines, with half of the Saiyan bloodline, have very strong potential. What they are lacking is the guidance of a good teacher. If they train well, it would be very simple to defeat the Androids. Also, Xiaya needed Bulma to help him research on a method to go back. Like this, no one would lose out.
"Really? Mr. Xiaya is willing to train us?" Gohan and Trunks immediately became excited.
Xiaya's strength was obvious to them. It was definitely comparable to Goku's and Vegeta's strength. If they could receive pointers from him, they would surely become even more strong. By then, the threat of Androids would be not a problem at all.
Bulma was also surprised and asked, "Didn't you just say now that the gods had banned humans from creating time machines?"
"That's why I asked you to create an Interdimensional Travel Device and not a time machine. Traveling between already existing parallel universe can naturally be done," explained Xiaya.
Bulma said, "If you want to me create an Interdimensional Travel Device, then I will need to start from scratch. After all, this is a new topic, so it may take a very long time."
"Can you speed up the research if you get reference materials?" Xiaya asked. Because he understood that once the connection between two space-time's has been established, both parallel universes' time flow would synchronize, and he wouldn't be able to stay in this world for a long time.
Bulma thought for a moment, her blue-violet eyes full of unprecedented confidence. "If there is data, the research will definitely speed up. Does Mr. Xiaya have relevant data?"
Xiaya was relieved that the Interdimensional Travel Device could be created as soon as possible. He couldn't let Xiling and Myers wait for too long. He nodded and said, "Bulma, do you remember Dr. Tokunoshin Omori?"
In the original work, because Bulma had met Dr. Tokunoshin Omori when she was a child, she later came up with the idea of
studying time machines.
The greatest achievement of Dr. Tokunoshin Omori was when he once stopped time for a second. That data of his could definitely provide some reference.
"Dr. Tokunoshin Omori?" Bulma thought for a while, but from her confused expression, Xiaya could discern that she doesn't know about Dr. Tokunoshin Omori.
Xiaya nodded and said with a smile, "That's all right; you were still young at that time, and you may have probably forgotten about it." After all, Bulma had just begun to remember things at that time. As so many years had passed, it was normal for her to not clearly remember things pertaining to her childhood. However, a young man in his early twenties calling a fifty-year-old "young" was really an awkward scene.
Bulma was actually not worried about this situation. Xiaya's world Dr. Tokunoshin Omori was different from their Dr. Tokunoshin Omori, but Bulma could discern that their world's Dr. Tokunoshin Omori was not alive from his obscure and unknown reputation; otherwise, she could have discussed science and technology with such a figure.
But for now, it would be enough as long as the data was made available to her. She looked at Gohan and Trunks and suddenly patted her head as she said, "Look at me, you have been back for so long, but I still haven't prepared food yet!"
"Gohan, when you have time, go back and visit Chichi. Your mother must be very worried," Bulma said to Gohan.
Regarding the young woman, Chichi, who she had known since her childhood and who ended up marrying Goku; Bulma admired her very much……and also feel sorry for her.
Reason being that ever since Chichi married Goku, she hadn't been living a good life. Goku was an idiot who could only train martial arts. Everything regarding their livelihood was left to Chichi alone. Taking care of the various household chores had made her look slightly older. In the end, her child began to grow up and Goku then died due to an illness. After the Androids appeared, the peace was completely broken.
At that time, Chichi had to endure tremendous pressure.
"Okay, Aunt Bulma. I'll go back and visit Grandpa Roshi, Videl, and everyone…" Gohan nodded warmly and responded to Bulma's words.
Soon dinner was ready. In the narrow underground room, the place was not spacious, and the food was not sumptuous; the dim fluorescent lights were flashing, and there were only some steamed buns and vegetables on the table.
"These are the rations that have just been sent by the Defence Force. Saiyans have a big appetite, so Gohan, you should eat a little more," Bulma sat beside them and said. Because Gohan and Trunks were the last hope of earth, the Defense Force gave more rations to the Bulma family.
"Umm!" Gohan didn't complain about the lack of good food. Maybe he had already gotten used to it. He picked up a steamed bun and gobbled it.
"Mr. Xiaya, are you not eating?" Seeing that Xiaya hadn't started eating, Trunks asked.
While looking at the spoiled dishes on the dining table, Xiaya sighed and fully realized the hardship of the Bulma family in this space-time continuum. Then he pointed his finger and drew a line in the void, and then, piping hot food immediately flew out of the dimensional space. Time was stagnant in the dimensional space.
"Here, eat this… I brought it from another world."
"Wow, fresh food… these are authentic dishes of Earth! It has already been many years since I've had some." Gohan and Bulma looked at the suddenly appearing meals. They stared blankly at them, and then their eyes immediately lit up. As for Trunks, he basically had never seen such an exquisite meal, so he was in a daze for a while.
"Bulma, come with me tomorrow to find the island where Dr. Tokunoshin Omori had lived in seclusion. Maybe you can find some useful data."
Looking at Gohan and the others as they ate with relish like they hadn't done for such a long time, Xiaya suggested. After all, time is forever changing. As years have passed away, many things would have changed. Fortunately, the island where Dr. Tokunoshin Omori had lived in seclusion was an uninhabited island; perhaps it was still intact.
"Okay," Bulma said earnestly.
Early the next morning, the sky was dark, and the light of dawn had appeared on the horizon.
Xiaya and Bulma were sitting on an orange-colored aircraft. However, because they didn't know the exact location of the island where Dr. Tokunoshin Omori had lived in seclusion, they could only search slowly by aircraft.
"Gohan, I'm going out with Mr. Xiaya. In the meantime, you should also go and visit Chichi," Bulma told Gohan while leaving behind Trunks to look after the house.
"OK." Gohan nodded.
"Mr. Xiaya, let's go!"
After that, the aircraft took off; the engine of the aircraft rumbled as it shot through the sky. The aircraft pierced through the clouds and turned into a small flash, disappearing from sight.
Seeing that Xiaya and Bulma were gone, Gohan came back to himself, and his expectant eyes were full of hope. It seemed that with Xiaya's appearance, he felt that the world was no longer as dark as before; a world which they assumed was beyond saving! Yes, he was slightly exhilarated, as there was finally a little hope that the damned world could change.
Gohan clenched his fists hard and turned towards Trunks, saying, "Trunks, you wait here. After I come back, we will follow Mr. Xiaya to train. Do not whimsically go out during this time."
"Yes!" Trunks responded loudly. He was also exhilarated at Xiaya's appearance.
Gohan nodded and called out lightly, beckoning over the golden Flying Nimbus. It was the last thing that Goku had left for him. He jumped on top of the Flying Nimbus and stuck out his thumb towards Trunks; then, he disappeared into the horizon.
On the other side of the ocean.
Xiaya and Bulma searched around before finally arriving at the sea area, where Dr. Tokunoshin Omori had lived in seclusion.
This was a sea area
densely populated with a lot of islands and reefs. Brown reefs stuck out of the surface of the sea like bamboo shoots and collided with the incoming waves, splashing white foamy waves.
"The island where Dr. Tokunoshin Omori had lived in seclusion should be nearby."
Xiaya looked down. The islands were separated from each other by tens of kilometers. Many places had been developed into tourist areas, but of course, they were now abandoned. Xiaya regretted not going to Dr. Tokunoshin Omari's island with Dr. Brief after he came to Earth; otherwise, he wouldn't have been so unfamiliar with the surroundings, and not be able to find the island.
"Well, it seems I have been to this place before…" Bulma looked at the terrain below and felt it somewhat familiar.
"Mr. Xiaya, can you tell me about the situation on your side…" Bulma curiously asked while driving the aircraft. She was quite curious about the other space-time continuum.
Xiaya nodded and then told her the story of the other world.
"…At that time, I had come to Earth for the second time, and I bumped into your elder sister, Tights, on the street…" As he slowly told her about his world, the scenes from his world appeared in her mind.
When he talked about Tights using Vegeta as a model to write a novel, Xiaya suddenly asked, "You and Goku used to be childhood friends; then, why didn't you both get together in the end?"
From the point of view of others, Bulma was beautiful, and she had a cheerful and warm disposition; furthermore, there wasn't much of an age difference between her and Goku. Moreover, Bulma was very adventurous. As the second girl to appear in the dragon ball, she had long and light-purple hair with beautiful eyes at that time. So, when Xiaya saw the dragon ball in his past life, he once thought that Goku would get together with Bulma in the end, but he didn't expect a plot twist in the story later. Without knowing what he was doing, Goku married Chichi, and Bulma got together with Vegeta.
Sometimes, Xiaya wondered if it would have been more appropriate for Goku to get together with Bulma.
Bulma froze because she had never considered this before. She smiled and said, "At that time, Son Goku was still very young. I always regarded him as a younger brother and nothing more."
"Didn't Goku grow up later? You didn't love him then?" Xiaya asked.
Seeing that Bulma was silent, probably thinking of the past, Xiaya realized that she might really not have considered this before.
Goku was really small when he was a child, but after being trained by King Piccolo, Goku had actually grown taller. Furthermore, by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku had already turned into a handsome young man. In her heart, Bulma might have felt that Goku was changing.
The feeling that the little guy from before had already grown into a reliable man.
Unfortunately, at that time, Chichi suddenly appeared, and Goku had agreed to marry Chichi without even realizing what marriage was. So, her feelings fizzled out.
"Maybe!" Bulma sighed. It was all a thing of the past, and It was useless to think about it any more. Both Goku and Vegeta were now dead.