Shadows Chapter 4
He opened his eyes slowly, so slowly. Not another nightmare
surely? Alker was faintly relieved to discover that it was
not. The relieve quickly evaporated when he realized what
he had woken up to. A waking nightmare, literally. It had
been four days since they had arrived at the hideaway. Not
that he actually had any idea of where it was (you lose your
sense of direction after flying around on someone's back for
several hours and falling asleep during some of that time...
well I do anyway), though he suspected that it was somewhere
along the Western coast.
It turned out that there were not as many fighters in this
rebellion of sorts as Alker had originally suspected. There
were Ferefire and Alec of course, both in their late twenties.
In addition there was Jake, a youth in his late teens. The
way that he excubed confidence was unusual under the EWO...he
seemed to be so easy going. Alker guessed that Jake had a
fighting power of anything from one to ten thousand - it was
difficult to gauge. In all there were four fighters, with
Han completing the quintet. Han was short for Hannah, a girl.
Having quite a pretty face with dark hair and blue eyes, she
was in her early twenties/late teens. Unusual that it may
seem to have a female fighter, she seemed to be pretty good.
Alker certainly didn't make a point of it, since he was willing
to gamble that she could easily pummel him into the ground
if she so wished.
What was most surprising was that the green creature called
Piccolo was not actually part of this foursome. Indeed his
intentions seemed to be quite different from the others. What
Piccolo wanted was some information. Unfortunately this was
"I keep telling you Alec, I don't know. Heck! I don't
even have a clue what you are talking about"
Alker had been sitting down on his chair for the past few
hours, in the same room. He was bored. Even the room was boring-being
a simple box shape - pretty much like the rest of the complex.
They didn't really go into decoration very much here.
"Okay I'll start again and this time I'll explain it
fully...", Alec began.
"Many years ago before the Established World Order was
set up, the World used to be free. People had the power to
do what they wanted, say what they thought, when and where
they were. This balance was to a great degree maintained by
the Z warriors.
The Z warriors were a group of several individuals with exceptionally
high ki levels. Its major fighters were humans by the names
of Gokou, Krillian, Yamchua, Tien, Chaltzou, Gohan and to
a greater or lesser degree Piccolo.
These fighters had just accomplished the greatest victory
the world had ever known, when they had beaten two Saiyans
by the names of Vegita and Nappa. I've already told you what
a Saiyan is so don't ask. Anyway, as a consequence of the
previous fight, all the Z warriors, except for Gohan, Gokou
and Krillian had passed into the next dimension. Thus it was
necessary to travel to Planet Namek, where the original Dragonballs
could be found..."
"Sorry to interrupt, but what's a Dragonball?"
"Oh yeah...", and Alec explained exactly what a
Dragonball was and did.
"As if...", Alec exclaimed, "If they exist
why haven't you used them before against the EWO?"
"I'm coming to that. Anyway there was another fight on
Namek against Freeza. I won't go into details, but he was
destroyed and everyone was wished back. Except Gokou. He was
not dead you see and promised to return. He never did. But
it got worse. Much worse...
...The following year a great and powerful evil arrived. An
android by the name of Dr. Gero just appeared out of nowhere..."
"What? You mean Lord Gero?", Alter exclaimed
"The very same", Alec continued, "He must have
a power level in the millions.."
"Seriously. He killed all of the remaining Z fighters.
Only Piccolo had just about enough strength to escape, after
merging with Kami. I've already explained that haven't I?
Good. So here we are now, sixteen years later, fleeing from
everything that Gero and that EWO of his has to throw. If
only Piccolo would actually join us. Still... Maybe one day,
one of us will have a power level high enough to destroy gero
and all of his croonies. I doubt it...but hey at least we're
doing our little bit"
"Okay. I just about understand you now. What have I got
to do with all this?"
"It is something to do with your memory. You see, Piccolo
travelled back to Namek, where he called up the eternal dragon.
Initially he wished for Gohan and Gokou to be returned to
this dimension. The dragon could not perform either of these
wishes. It turned out that they were both still alive. Since
the rest had already been wished back by the dragon, he changed
his wish to destroying Gero. This also failed. The wish exceeded
the power of the dragon. Frustrated Piccolo wished to know
where Gohan was. He was given a rather cryptic answer by the
dragon. He was told that we would find a boy matching your
description by the name of Alker, who would tell us where
he was. His second wish - how to defeat Gero was answered
in that you would hold the key to defeating Gero and restoring
freedom to the Planet Earth"
"What?!? You must have the wrong person. I don't have
a bloody clue where this Gohan is or how to defeat Lord Gero
and his empire", Alker burst out, "I would have
told you by now if I did. I mean common"
"In that case why did they come after you and why are
they still looking for you if you are so unimportant?"
How could he answer that one? Alker was unsure whether it
would have been a very good idea to tell Alec of his constant
dreams that he had, since it would be pointless and lead to
more questioning. He decided to keep quiet.
"Has he told you yet?", Piccolo entered the room.
"Leave this one with me. I'm sure that I can be a little
By this stage Alker was getting very annoyed and frustrated.
"Looks like you have the wrong one here. You are all
a useless bunch of failures", came the voice of Piccolo
through the door.
"But we thought.."
"..No more excuses. I don't know why I even bothered
to come here in the first place. You're pathetic, the lot
And with that last comment Piccolo was gone.
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