16: Realizing Marron
The doorbell rang.
"Coming!" Marron tightened her robe and walked over to the door, one hand
drying her hair with a towel, the other reaching out to open it. "Oh, hi!
Wow, you're early!"
"Gomen, Marron-chan…" Bra lowered her head. "Am I bothering you or something?"
She looked up at Marron
help feeling guilty. She knew she was way early for their plans…they
had arranged to meet around eleven, but it was only nine-thirty and here
Marron smiled down and Bra. "Oh, no, of course not! Please, come
Bra nodded in relief. She thought Marron might have gotten angry
or something because she was so early. Just before she stepped in,
she looked to her right at the end of the corridor. Marron turned
to see what Bra was looking at.
It was Trunks. For a moment, he didn't' move or speak. He just
stood there, motionless. He wanted to say something, but he couldn't.
He just looked at his sister and nodded, waving goodbye.
Trunks stopped and looked back. He watched Marron as she walked towards
him. Bra stood in the doorway, wondering what Marron was doing.
Marron held the towel around her hand and tucked her hair behind her ears.
She looked up at Trunks. "Thanks for getting Bra here." She bowed politely.
At first Trunks couldn't say anything. From the way she smelled,
all fresh and clean, he knew she had just come out of the bathroom.
He smiled and lowered his head.
"My dad grounded me for coming home late last night," he joked. Marron
giggled and looked up at him. She
he was wearing his glasses. He was also wearing his usual spiffy
suit with a dark tie. His hair wasn't combed and she somehow knew
that he was late for his meeting.
"Well, you better go…" she said softly.
"I know. I'd be kicked out anyway if I tried to join you."
"YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!" Bra yelled from the porch. Trunks gave her
an evil look and turned back to Marron.
"So I'll see you girls around, okay?"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, just GO!"
Trunks rolled his eyes and ignored his sister. He pushed his glasses
up with two fingers and walked to the staircase. "Ja neh, Marron-chan."
He did his famous salute and walked away.
Marron suddenly realized she was still wearing her short pink robe and
was holding a towel in her hand. Her hair was still wet. She
turned and walked back towards her apartment. "Come on in, Bra," she said.
Bra waited for Marron to walk in. She looked around, very curious
about Marron's new place.
"Be careful with the boxes," Marron warned absently.
The warning came a little too late as Bra stumbled over one before she
heard Marron. The place was quite
with boxes and clothes and pictures and other things to put in the living
room all over the place. The only clean places Bra could see were
the bathroom, kitchen, and Marron's small bedroom.
"Gomen…" Marron smiled sheepishly. "I still have to unpack and all…do
you mind? I mean, with all my
"Oh, no! No, of course not! It's okay…believe me, Trunks'
room is way messier than THIS." Bra laughed. "I'll just sit here and…"
She paused when she caught sight of a small framed picture of the Son family
with Krillin's on the table in front of her. She picked it up and
narrowed her eyes, focusing on two figures in the picture.
Goten had his arm around Marron's shoulder and they were both doing the
peace sign on each hand. They were smiling widely and looked so close…like
they were a couple.
"Goten and I were so close…like brother and sister, neh?" Bra's head snapped
up when she heard a low voice coming from behind her. Marron was
just behind her and she was also looking at the picture. "Our fathers are
best friends, so of course they try to get Goten to be my…" she paused,
then "....my husband."
"Nani?" Bra looked up with wide eyes.
Marron moved and sat next to her, folding her hands and staring at the
floor. "Bra, my father has discussed this with me lately. But I'm
not sure I'm ready for my own family, with children yet. I want it,
but not now. But Tousan wants me to have a family soon, and he keeps
suggesting Goten-kun…" She closed her eyes and there was a look of disappointment
on her face. "I…I just CAN'T, Bra-chan." She squeezed her hands. "I just…I'm…"
"You're expecting someone else," Bra finished. Marron looked up in surprise.
"Right?" Bra continued. "That's
Marron slowly nodded. "Hai." She felt a little embarrassed that Bra had
so obviously known what was wrong. But still, she was glad someone
understood. Neither talked for a while. The girls knew each
other so well; there was no need for words. Although they were each
keeping their own secrets. Bra had all
of feelings she couldn't keep inside much longer and Marron was having
her own. But someone had to start, and neither wanted to.
"Well, I better go change…" Marron stood up and untied her robe. "You
just make yourself at home, okay? Well, try to anyway." She giggled,
trying to sound like herself again. Bra stood up as well, figuring
she would look around while waiting for Marron to finish changing.
She was looking through some papers when she caught sight of a small blue
book. She picked it up and
through it. It was Marron's diary from last year.
Curiosity might kill a cat, but not a Saiyajin. Bra knew it would
be wrong to disturb Marron's privacy,
one peek couldn't hurt…
She opened to where the bookmark was and began reading the two marked pages.
"I saw him again today. He's wearing that cute sweater he told me
his mom bought for him last spring.
of course, he looks as handsome as ever…
"It was Christmas today and the snow just stopped. We were having
so much fun together tonight…It would
much better if Bra-chan and Pan-chan were there, too. But it seems like
the girls have their own plans, so I hung out with the guys instead.
My best friends, right?
"We were outside Goku-jisan's house, talking and laughing until tears ran.
We didn't even join the others inside. After all, I already had the
company I wanted most…"
Bra flipped over to the next page.
"If he only knew how I felt about him…and I've felt this way for so long!
And if I knew how HE felt about
I'm so in love with him and I don't think I could hold on much longer…and
I've tried to confess, but the words get stuck. I've tried to give
him a sign, but he never picks up on it. It's so difficult for me
to reach him! When we're together, it's so hard for me to talk about
my deepest thoughts. He's so near, yet…so far…
"I just knew I would never make it. Maybe he belongs to someone else
I don't know about. That's why I have
forget him. And just keep these sorry little feelings to myself.
"But Diary, I don't know when or how, but all I know right now is that
I'm deeply in love with him…my very own best friend…"
Bra closed the diary and put it back when she heard Marron coming out.
She was overwhelmed with joy. She
believe what she had just read.
Now she knew she wasn't the only one who was afraid of expressing her feelings
to someone. She's not
And her eyes brightened and she smiled widely at the ceiling.
The guy Marron was in love with was her brother!