6: At the Son's
Goten groaned. "What
is it, Pan?" Goten twisted in the sofa for a better position to continue
"I need your help with
"Ask your dad. He's
the brainy one." His eyes were still closed.
"But Tousan is busy
"So ask your mom."
"Okasan went out with
Grandma!" Pan frowned.
"Then, forget it."
Goten covered his face with a pillow and began to snore, leaving Pan standing
clenching her first
The house shook because
of Pan's loud voice and Goten immediately sprung up from where he lay.
"Okay, okay! I'm up, I'm up!" He took the math book from Pan. "I'd appreciate
it if you would call me 'Goten-jisan,' you know!"
but I really need to finish my homework before tomorrow!" She sat down
on the floor facing her uncle. But Goten was already concentrating on the
work seriously for a couple minutes. Then he took the pen on the table
and started to answer it.
"Jisan." Pan frowned.
"You're supposed to
TEACH me, not DO it for me."
"Oh…sorry." Goten rubbed
the answers away with liquid paper. "Give me a couple minutes, will ya?
This sort of question is hard to explain."
Pan sat quietly while
staring at her uncle. "It's Saturday night," she started.
"Hmm? Oh, yeah. So?"
"So how come you're
not going out with Paris-chan?"
"Oh, well…she's, um,
busy. Yeah, busy."
"Sort of." He sighed.
She was silent, then,
"Don't you ever get tired?"
"Tired of what?"
"You know…waiting for
her calls until midnight, then wait around HER schedule, and so on?"
He looked up and shook
his head. "Not really…no reason to get tired of it."
"Ooookay," she hummed,
looking at Goten.
Goten looked back at
the book, but this time he was just staring blankly. His mind was filled
with Pan's unexpected question. Does he ever get tired? Does he ever get
bored and feel like giving up everything? Of course he does! Why did he
sleep on the couch except to wait for HER call? Why does he have to stand
and wait for her after work every day? She's not that naïve country
girl she was supposed to be anymore. Is she still the Paris he loved before
and maybe until forever? He sighed. Maybe this is what they call Love.
Willing to do anything. Willing to waste your time and money for the one
you love and care for. And he does love Paris so much. He couldn't bear
to live without her.
He was looking forward
to the day he would propose to her. But he thought he might want to wait
a little bit longer and see what's going to happen in the near future.
He blinked when someone
tapped his shoulder.
"Are you okay?"
"Niisan…" Goten looked
up at his brother.
"You look tense!" Gohan
"No…I'm okay." He leaned
back against the sofa. "I was just helping Pan with her—"
"No, it's okay. Tousan
will help me."
"Hai," Gohan said and
Goten sighed again.
The door opened again.
"We're back!" It was Videl and ChiChi, back from shopping.
"Goten! You're here!
But how come you're not—"
Goten smiled at his
mother. "I just feel like having dinner with my family, Okasan," he told
"Oh…" ChiChi still
looked a little confused. "Where's your father, then?"
"Grandpa's still sleeping!"
Pan answered as she helped her mother carry all the purchases to the kitchen.
"Well, we don't have
to wake him up. Dinner will be ready soon," ChiChi told them.
"You don't have because
he's already up!" Gohan pointed at the dining room table.
Goku was ALL ready,
freshened up with a napkin around his neck and a fork and knife in each
hand, waiting impatiently for the promised dinner. "ChiChi! What are we
having tonight?" He smiled widely at his wife.
"Well, husband dear,
we're having your HEAD, if you want to know!" she shot back, irritated.
Everyone laughed, including
Goten. The Sons have always been a happy family, despite the screaming
yelling that sometimes
when on in that house.
"I'm going to take
a shower." Goten stood up and went to his room.
In a few minutes, dinner
was served nicely on the dining room table. The family sat down and enjoyed
themselves with the delicious meal. Especially Goku, of course.
"Goten, why aren't
you going out with Paris-chan tonight?" ChiChi asked, trying to strike
up a conversation with Goten.
"She's just…" He sighed.
"She's just busy, Okasan," he said.
Silence filled the
"Is everything okay
with you two?" ChiChi asked curiously.
At first he was quiet.
Then he swallowed the food in his mouth and stared at the table. He shrugged.
"I dunno, Okasan." He sighed again. "I dunno..."