Matoto winced as Lychee wrapped his wounds in bandages.
“Oh, don’t be such a baby,” Lychee scolded.
“Oh yeah? Let’s see you take a laser beam to the side and not feel pain,” Matoto growled.
They were now sitting outside of the shack, tea between the two of them.
As she finished up bandaging him, she decided to ask him.
“Hey, Matoto?” she asked him.
“I want you to tell me why you’re here.”
“Well, I was here to learn the Kamehameha,” He answered.
“I know that,” Lychee chuckled. “But, why here? Of all places.”
“Why do you want to know?” he asked.
“I’ve got you figured out,” she said. “You’re a super strong Saiyan. You should be working for the king or maybe as a soldier, you could make all the money you want.”
Matoto held out his fist, thinking about what she said.
“You’re right,” he said. “I am pretty strong. And I could make a lot of money, too, with strength like this. However….I have bigger plans than that…”
He then looked back at the house they were sitting in front of.
“As for why I’m here of all places,” he said. “There’s a bit of a story behind that.”
“You know how they say that Mr. Satan was the one who saved the world from that Cell guy?”
“Yeah, I had a lecture about it not too long ago,” she said.
“Well, it’s not true,” Matoto said.
“No,” Matoto smiled. “It wasn’t a human who defeated Cell.”
“Then, what was it?” she asked.
“It was a Saiyan.”
“A Saiyan? But, the Saiyans didn’t land on Earth until 789!”
“However, there were other Saiyans here before us,” Matoto continued. “The saiyans were once a warrior race on a planet far from here. We even had a royal family. It was our prince that made it to this planet. He was named after our king and our planet; Vegeta. While he was here, he even took a human wife and had children.”
“So, that’s how the Saiyans were here,” she said.
“Well, there were a couple even before him.”
“Yes. In fact, it was a hybrid of a Saiyan and a human that defeated Cell. His name was Gohan.”
“Wait, you don’t mean Son Gohan, right? The author of Groundbreaking Science?! He’s a Saiyan?!”
“Yep! You bet he is. And it’s thanks to him and his father that the world is safe.”
Matoto smiled fondly.
“He’s the main reason I’m here,” he said. “If it weren’t for him, the world would’ve been destroyed a hundred times over. Thanks to him, so many fighters answered the call when the Earth was in peril. In our tongue he was known as Kakarot. Here on Earth, his name was Goku.”
“Yes. The legend at the Kame School was that he mastered the Kamehameha minutes after seeing it done only once!”
“He did?!” Lychee said shocked.
“Yeah! He was the strongest Saiyan on Earth. He’s faced the greatest threats this world has stood up against them. Sometimes on his own!”
“And do you know where he first landed on Earth?”
“Where?” Lychee asked.
Matoto smiled and slowly pointed behind them. Lychee followed his finger to show that he was pointing at the shack behind them.
“You mean…” Lychee began. “He was raised up here?”
Matoto smiled and nodded.
“Wow! That is amazing!” she said, excited. “So that’s how Doboroguma knew him…”
Now, Matoto had a fonder smile on his face.
“Ever since I first heard stories about those brave Saiyan warriors,” he said. “To me, this town…this mountain…this shack…are all the shrine to the humble begins of the greatest. I’ve always wanted to be like Goku. I wanted to be as powerful as him!”
Matoto stood up and thrust a fist into the air, looking to the stars.
“And now that I’ve accomplished the Kamehameha, I’m one step closer to attaining my dream!”
Lychee couldn’t help but smile, seeing Matoto so proud of himself.
Since he looks up to this Goku guy, he probably wants to be a hero, too. He’s like a little kid watching his favorite superhero and wanting to be like him. Now that he’s a little bit stronger, he’s ready to take on the world.
Just then, lights spilled out of the forest and came towards the shack.
Lychee shielded her eyes and looked in the direction of the lights.
“Is that…Bind’s car?” she asked.
Sure enough, Bind came out of the care and ran toward Lychee and Matoto.
“G-guys!” he shouted. “I saw that huge laser beam coming from the mountains! Are you guys ok?”
“That laser beam was me,” he said.
“Woah! That was you?!”
“Yep! The Kamehameha wave of the Turtle School!” he said proudly.
“Amazing! Could you teach it to me, sometime?” he asked.
“We’ll see,” Matoto said.
Lychee approached Matoto and asked:
“Hey. Those wounds will take a while to heal. You better stay here at least three more weeks. And don’t do too much extraneous activity.”
“Yes, doc,” Matoto said jokingly.
Lychee couldn’t help but smirk at the nickname.
“Hey, Bind,” she said. “Can you give me a ride back into town?”
“Huh? Oh, sure,” Bind said. “What happened to your bike?”
Lychee didn’t answer as she got into the back of the car.
As Bind started to drive away, Lychee looked back at Matoto.
Graduation was getting closer and she had to think of something to do afterwards.