I decided I should make a piece for breaking 50,000 page views. Last time I did something commemorative like this was at 10,000 and I made a collage of everyone at the festival. I considered making one of the second festival but thought I should do something a bit more special or vulnerable.
In developing The Future of Trunks I did my best to keep in mind Toriyama's original style and themes of action, fun, and a touch of drama. Any and all romance in the Dragonball universe, while it does exist, is very limited and essentially skipped over. That's just Toriyama's design. While I could easily change a few moments in The Future of Trunks to make Trunks' and Celari's bond remain strictly a friendship, another element Toriyama created in the DB universe is the continuing of the next generation. Trunks' future lies in his legacy - any children he may have, just like he is Vegeta's legacy. (And I'm gonna pull in some random chick during a time skip to take care of that. That wouldn't satisfy me.)
I've purposefully limited myself on posting intimate pictures like this because I want to keep as true to Toriyama's world as possible. But the scene exists either way and most of you are probably like me and squee over pictures like this anyway. So this is a treat for you and me for breaking 50,000 page views. Volume XI: Chapter V
.... Celari panted hunched over on her knees. She took a deep breath and wiped the sweat from her brow and then looked up to the Kai who didn’t even return her gaze. She stared anxiously, but then turned her eyes to Trunks. She struggled to her feet and hobbled her way up. Her saiyan suit was left in shambles and she was weak by her endeavor, but forced herself to him.
The Kai leaned himself against the far wall and put his hand to his chin, watching.
Celari didn’t say anything when she reached Trunks. She grabbed onto the bindings that held his arms to the wall and pulled. Sharp pain crippled her hands almost immediately and she had to let go. She squeezed them together trying to counteract the numbness.
“Such a fool,” the Kai spoke condescending.
Celari looked up to Trunks, haunted by the Kai’s words and the horrifying imagery she just witnessed. “Don’t give in to him…” she pleaded as he kept his head down. “Trunks, look at me… Don’t let him do this to you.” She placed her fingers under his jaw and tilted his head up.
Her eyes widened as she saw streams of tears falling down his face. Trunks opened his eyes but kept them low. “It hurts so much…”
“I know it does… but you’ve got to keep fighting it,” she encouraged him.
“Yes, you can. Come on, you’re the toughest person I’ve ever known,” Celari grew desperate and wiped his tears with her thumbs.
“No…” he hesitated, “…I’m not as strong as you are.”
She squinted ever so slightly and changed up her strategy. “…Then let me help you,” she pleaded. “Let me make you happy.”
Her words lingered in the air for a moment, then Trunks raised his eyes to her.
"…Trunks, please…” she continued with mourning and despair. “…Don’t choose the Kai, choose me. Let me be the one to take away your pai—”
Before she could finish Trunks pulled forward and sealed his lips over her mouth. He kissed her affectionately having reached his breaking point.
Celari was surprised and her hands hung in the air not knowing what to do with themselves, but found their way behind his head as she accepted his kiss.
The people of earth stared in awe viewing them in the aurora lights. Many looked on with tears in their eyes.
Ion’s fists clenched tightly seeing Celari’s body pressed up against his rival in their passionate embrace. He closed his eyes and dropped his head, then pressed his forehead into the palm of his hand. “…I knew it,” he whispered forcefully through his clenched teeth.
Olivo noticed the distress in Ion’s body language. Then he turned his eyes back to the screen.
Celari’s hands moved to Trunks’ face and their kiss slowly ended. His eyes remained closed as he exhaled. He then gritted his teeth.
Celari noticed Trunks’ energy begin to swell. She lowered her hands and leaned away. “Trunks?” He pulled his head up groaning, then clenched his muscles and flared in power. Celari jumped back and raised an arm over her eyes shielding them from the wind. Trunks grunted escalating in strength, until finally the seams ripped from his bindings and he pulled his arms free from the wall. Celari’s eyes shot open wide. Trunks dropped to the floor on his hands and knees with a relieved roar.
The entire world stared at Trunks’ image having freed himself, and erupted into cheers and applause.
“Trunks!...” Celari crouched down to him quickly. She pulled his singed gloves off his trembling hands and massaged pressure into his wrists. “How did you do that?” she asked him, still in shock.
Trunks’ head was still low as he groaned. “I don’t know… it just…” he lifted his eyes to her, “…didn’t hurt anymore.”
Celari gazed back into his eyes, both perplexed and grateful.
Ion looked at them both. He then remembered words he spoke earlier, ‘Tell me anyone else you know that can take away your pain in a single instant.’ Ion made a slight gasp.
…it just… didn’t hurt anymore.
Ion’s eyes opened wide and lost focus. He turned away from the screens and dropped down to his knees in realization. “That’s what…”
“That’s why I don’t love you anymore, Ion. I’m not worth the pain to you.”
“That’s… what Celari meant…” Ion felt his heart drop into his stomach. “I put all my trust in the Kai over her…!” Ion clutched his hand over his heart. “Why didn’t I see that?”
Olivo kept his eyes on Ion, then looked back up at the screens, furrowed his eyebrows and turned towards the exit.
This is one of my favorite scenes in The Future of Trunks. It has more than one element happening if you pay close attention. The first and obvious one being Trunks finally admitting he has deeper feelings for Celari than he dared to admit even to himself. Another is Celari not wanting to be brushed aside by someone she cared for, for some kind of drug - and Trunks accepts her love in order to relieve his pain from being tortured by his memories instead of using a narcotic. And finally, Ion learns essentially why Celari stopped loving him. Knowing it was entirely his fault, he's able to finally let her go and place the blame on himself.
I hope you guys enjoy, and thank you so much for the support. And to all my new readers as well!