Note: This was planned before it was revealed Cus was the oldest angel. So here she is the youngest.
Thank you Andrea for betating my fics. You will never know how grateful I am
“So this is really going to be your last baby?” Marcarita asked you with a bit of skepticism, but perhaps just a bit of relief. Sitting in the garden while drinking ice tea while spending time with Marcarita was a nice treat. Your children had been so busy lately that you rarely saw them nowdays.
You patted your stomach.
“Yep, I think this is it. I think I have enough children on my hands.” Your daughter sipped her tea, before adding another teaspoon of sugar in it.
“Honestly, I’m glad.” Marcarita admitted. There seemed to be relief in her voice. “I think you have enough on your plate as it is. I think maybe it is time to enjoy your golden years.”
You gave a teasing smile.
“Am I truly getting that old?”
“Maybe.” She teased back.
At that, you waited a bit till she sipped some more tea.
“I think after raising all of you I deserve some grandchildren, and considering that Belmod clearly likes you...well...”
At that you were rewarded with Marcarita nearly choking on her tea.
You started laughing.
“MOM! It isn’t like that!”
You continued to laugh a few minutes until it just became chuckles.
“I’m sorry. It is just so clear he wants to be with you.”
“Whatever.” She mumbled, not making eye contact with you.
A more thoughtful expression crossed your face.
“I suppose that I just wanted to see you happy and with someone you that makes you feel that way.”
There was a noticeable redness on your daughter’s pale blue cheeks.
“Mom, you sound like a mortal mother.” She admonished. “You’re a goddess. You are going to be around forever. I don’t need to worry about stuff like that.”
Before you could finish your conversation, suddenly you had a new visitor.
“Oh, Whis!” You started to get up.
“Don’t, Mom. No need to get out of your comfortable position for me.” He walked over to you, eyes wide. He reached down to touch your stomach.
You smiled at your son. He had grown so tall. It was always concerning to see your children grown, but at the same time proud.
“Mom, says that will be her last.” Marcarita told him. Whis mouth widened for a moment. Then it changed into a teasing smile.
“Oh, so we’re not going to have another little baby running around? Oh, how fast the world changes. It will never be the same.” He said in mock sadness. “But in all seriousness, I think it might be good for you to rest now. Eighteen children is a lot. Besides there are no universes left.” He added before laughing again
It’s almost like you planned it.
Those words echoed in her mind once again. She felt an unusual unease. Why was this bothering her so much? This didn’t make sense.
“But back to the reason I came here.” Whis’ words pulled you out of your thoughts. “Did you know that the Dragon Balls have finally been finished? Zalama finally finished them and got the patten today. They are actually going to be brought here this afternoon for the Omni-King to see.”
“Oh, that sounds so exciting! Are they really the size of planets?”
“Yes, indeed. There are rumors about there being much smaller ones made for different worlds, but these will be the original ones. Can you imagine getting any wish you could possibly want?”
You shook your head.
“I already have all I could possibly want.”
Whis smiled back at you.
“So do I. I wouldn’t be able to think of a wish.”
“Neither could I really. I don’t think gods have much use for things like that. Perhaps mortals?”
“I suppose.” You added in. Then a thought came. “I pray no one uses them for evil purposes.”
Then Whis looked serious for a moment.
“Well, I suppose that eventually some evil being will.” He said matter of fact.
“And we can’t do anything to stop it.” You folded your hands. “I do sometimes hate the rules about not interfering with mortals.” You said with a sigh.
“That is how Annake made it.” Whis simply stated. He gave no emotion to it, as he sat down.
“May I have some tea?”
“Of course.” You said, as you poured him a cup. “By the way how is…”
You spent a wonderful afternoon with your two of your children just enjoying their company and gossiping about the latest news in the universes.
Little did you know this would be the last time you would enjoy a situation like this for a very long time.
A FEW HOURS LATER
All those thousands of years ago, when you felt the first planet being destroyed you thought you had experienced the worse pain possible.
But no, you felt closer to death than at any point in your life.
You were screaming and tossing, as you felt like the life force of your body was being drained away. Everything was on fire. Your body was like it was being torn into pieces.
What was going on?
You felt yourself being rushed to your room by the Omni-King’s guards. You laid on the bed in panic and sweat.
Something was wrong.
Something was terribly wrong.
“Where are my children?”
You weren’t sure what brought up that question. Perhaps it was just a mother’s fear. But something was urging you to find out the status of your children.
“Where are my children?” You repeated, as the pain got worse and worse. They didn’t answer again. Between the physical pain and your fear you were rapidly losing patience.
“WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN!”
The guards looked at you and then at each other. Finally, one gave its rare spoken words.
“Six universes have been destroyed.”
“What….?” You couldn’t believe it.
“Where are my children?” You repeated. “Are they there?” You couldn’t breathe. It felt like your heart had stopped beating as you waited for an answer. Seconds seemed like an eternity each.
The guard once again spoke.
“The children in those universes were also destroyed.”
You felt your body chill to the bone. You couldn’t breathe and you couldn’t move. You could barely even think.
You felt dead.
You wanted to be dead.
“No! They aren’t dead! Show me my children bring them to me!
You tried to get up, as you were thrashing madly against the guards. In the end, you had to be restrained.
“Calm down, your Highness. You have other children still alive.”
The guards rarely spoke or interacted with anyone else. So their bedside manner was non-existent.
“NO! I want my children! I want all of them.” You demanded again
You weren’t crying. The water just rushed from your eyes mixing with your sweat. You felt as though you were going to die.
A part of you were hoping you would.
You didn’t want to live in a world where any of your children were dead.
Then you felt a sharp pain in your stomach.
“Damn, her hysterics has caused her to go into early labor.”
Between the pain from the destruction of the universes, and the death of your children, the labor pain proved too much to bare.
You passed out right there.
You were in a haze as your memories were dulled, as you dreamed. You dreamed a deep sleep. You knew it was a dream, but you also knew this was more than a dream.
You felt no emotion. You were drained from it in reality. And something else was dulling your sense of pain.
“This is what you need to see, and what you need to know.”
Came a long familiar voice, but you couldn’t place it at the moment, and you really didn’t care too.
A foggy vision came before you. You saw the Grand Priest and the Omni-King in the throne room. You didn’t even try to speak. You simply watched.
“There are so many universes.” The Omni-King looked over his board of the universe. “So many fights getting out of control. It is getting hard to follow.” A frown came over him. “I’m sick of so many.”
He slumped back.
“Well, there are quite a few of them. Probably more than there needs to be.” Concurred the Grand Priest. He had a very strange smile on his face. One that you couldn’t recall every seeing him with in the thousands of years you had known each other.
“I want less.” The Omni-King spoke in his usual kid-like voice. Full of childlike ignorance and unaware of the scale of destruction he was suggesting. You couldn’t quite be angry at him for this. You had known him long enough to know such thoughts could come into his head.
But the Grand Priest would put an end to it.
“Then perhaps you should have less then. Maybe it is time to reduce the size, after all, so many create such a big mess.”
You wanted to scream, but nothing came out of your throat. You wanted to run, scream, or anything. What was the Grand Priest thinking! This wasn’t like him. He wouldn’t so casually destroy so many lives. He was too responsible and practical for that.
This was an insane dream.
An insane lie brought on by stress.
This wasn’t real.
There was no way this was reality.
“It is almost like you planned it.”
The voice repeated in your head.
You felt horror fill you as you watched your creator fly into the air with his hand raised, as he let loose the power of destruction.
You were a prisoner to fate. You willed your entire being to scream stop, but it was useless.
You looked down, as you felt the blast.
What was going on?
Why would the Grand Priest do such?
Perhaps if you had looked up for a moment. You would have seen his mournful smile. You would have seen the hidden tears in his eyes. The look of utter loss.
But you didn’t.
So you never saw it.
But would it have really made a difference if you did?
Who would ever know?
Finally, the vision went to white. You regained your voice and your fear. You fell to the white space and began to weep.
“Why? This has to a be a dream. A nightmare. A silly nightmare I had. Yes! Yes!” You cried through the tears. “This is all a silly nightmare. I just need to wake up.”
“I showed you what I needed to show you.”
You turned around to see a vision you hadn’t seen in a long time.
She stood there. Wild hair, torn patched dress, and foliage all on her. But gone was that joy you had seen in her.
She looked at you. Her eyes were full of sympathy.
“You saw the truth. I do not deal in lies or fairy tales. I do only what is needed.”
You scooted away, still on the floor. You didn’t want to believe it. This couldn’t be real.
“The Grand Priest had plotted this from the start. The moment you were born this was destined to happen.”
She looked closer into you. She looked so apologetic at this.
“In fact, this was the reason he wanted you to be born. The reason he suggested your creation to the Omni-King.”
“What are you talking about? He loves me and our children! He would never hurt us.”
“That is part truth and part lie. You need to see both.” She shook her head in regret. “Right now you are the only one who can change the course of the fate the universe is heading too. Remember the Spear, the one I choose you for. It can make the way you need.”
She waved her hand, and your vision blurred. Suddenly, you felt yourself in physical pain, but also heavy. You tried to move your body, but couldn’t. Your body felt like it weighed so much. You tried to wiggle your fingers, but even that was difficult. But finally you managed to focus your vision. It was like your body was fighting to still stay asleep.
You finally made out the figure of the Grand Priest. You wanted to speak, but once again your body refuse to give into your wants, so you simply had to lay there.
He was over the crib of your newborn child. You tried to move again, but you couldn’t. You wanted to see the new baby, so badly. But something stopped you saw. You saw the Grand Priest materialize a single piece of white string.
But that wasn’t string. It was hair.
And it came to you in an instant.
That was Annake’s hair.
You wanted to demand what was going on, but you couldn’t. So you were forced to just watch.
The string descended into the forehead of the newborn babe. Confusion filled you. It was becoming too much to handle.
What was going on?
Then you felt a wave of energy throughout the room.
Something ancient, old, and powerful. Something related to Annake.
Once the power resided, you felt the heaviness lift.
“What is going on!” You screamed out, no doubt startling the Grand Priest. He looked over you with surprise.
“Dear, I’ve been informed you heard the news of the Omni-King’s decision.”
Your body was weakened from both physical trauma and the spells that Annake and the Grand Priest put on you, but as a powerful goddess in your own right, you were quickly recovering.
You manage to sit up with a groan.
“With the decision you helped him make!” You were shaking with anger. “I saw it. Annake showed me.”
At that, all pretenses of surprise and innocence vanished. Anger and fear were there now.
“Damn her.” He muttered.
“Why did you kill them? You killed our own children!” You were trying to get up, but you moved too fast. You ended up staggering and falling, half kneeling on the floor.
The Grand Priest rushed to help you up, but you swatted him away.
“Don’t touch me! Tell me why you killed our children!” Tears were streaming down your face. You were an utter mess inside and out.
A very serious expression came of his features. He had given up any pretenses of lying to you.
“Our children aren’t dead. I made sure of this from they day they were born.”
“What?” You were caught between relief, anger, and confusion. You weren’t sure how to make sense of the world anymore.
“I used Annake’s essence to bind them to the Supreme beings. The six children that were destroyed had their souls bonded with the Supreme beings at birth. They are now Supreme beings at the moment.”
You fell back. You were now horrified. Your children were now cosmic spirits who couldn’t feel or you could even see. You would never see them again. They were still dead in your eyes.
“But why? Why would you do that?”
“Listen to me, Princess. Just listen. This isn’t as bad as you think. Our children are special and they have my blood and yours in them. That makes them extremely powerful. With me they have their fighting prowess, but with you they have that connection to the Omni-King. As guides they are connected to both the Supreme Kai and the Destroyer. They are magnificent.”
“What the hell does that have to do with anything?”
“You see they are the perfect candidates to be the corporeal vessels of the Supreme beings, and eventually bring order to the universes and make it better for all of us. Not just our family, but the entire universe.”
“What are you talking about?” You felt yourself gain some semblance of control over your emotions. At least enough to hear him out.
“Ever since you were created you never stopped asking questions about the world and mortals. I never expected it. I found it strange, but also a bit charming.”
He smiled slightly at the memory for a brief moment.
“You see what shape the universes are in. You see what terrible horrors the universes suffers from the gods to the mortals, and it is due to the limit that Annake placed on us. Look at the Destroyer system! Do you really think for a moment that I think that is the best solution? Do you think it is the most moral option? No!” He cried, his emotions starting to play on him.
“The thing to do is to stop this violence from happening in the first place. If we replaced the Supreme beings with our children then slowly we can overpower the Omni-King.”
He placed a hand over your lips before you could protest.
“Let me finish. It will not be permanent. Once all our children are one with the Supreme beings, we can make them corporeal again. Each will have great power, and through our blood we can rule over this universe as a family. We can make the dream world of mortals and gods you always dreamed of. We can stop this endless cycles of violence, terror, and destruction. If we just wait.”
You were silent for a few moments as you processed the insane things you were hearing.
He reached out to take your hand. You slapped it away.
“I don’t want to rule beside a man who would sacrifice his own children! Not even for a moment! You suggested my creation to the Omni-King! You did something that would make me want to specifically give you exactly eighteen children! You just used me! I was nothing but a pawn to you. You don’t love me or our children!”
His expression turned to the closest thing to shame for a moment.
“At first, yes. I won’t lie to you. I saw you as something amusing. I thought of you just as a silly little Princess that I could puppeteer to my will. I thought nothing of the idea of loving you. It was never in the plan. I don’t know if I planned on loving the children or not.”
The worse part was that he sounded so sincere, but you were past believing anything he had to say.
If you had any tears left, you would have been sobbing. But now it was just stoned faced acceptance.
“But my plans didn’t work out. Over time, I got to know you. You were naive and a little silly, yes, but at the same time I began to become fascinated by the curious, intelligent, sincere, and kind woman I got to know. Slowly, over time I began to love you. I do love you, and I love our children. Princess, I love you more than anything.”
He touched your face, this time you made no outward protest.
“In the end, we will all be together. It will take a long time, but our family will be free of the Omni-King and all restraints of the gods. The universes will be ours, and you will rule beside me as Empress of all Creation.”
He stroke your cheek.
“Please, Princess. Just wait.”
You grabbed his hand and forced it away. With what little strength you have left you managed to stand up.
Your entire life had been a lie. You weren’t created to be a playmate, but a pawn. A pawn to help take over the universes with. He saw your use straight from the start. He saw you having children to be his key to the throne. You were born just to be his broodmare.
“I’m leaving. You used me. You treated me like a pawn, and worse you treated our children like pawns! You want to hurt them! You want power. That is all you want. Your first love is power, not me! If you really cared for them, you wouldn’t do this.” You turned on your heel.
“I’m going to the Omni-King right now and I will put an end to all this foolish plot. Then I’m going to leave this place, and you better hope I never see your face again.”
You shrieked in pain, as you felt your wrist being grabbed and your body being snapped back to the other side. The Grand Priest seized your other wrist. He had never been physically violent with you before.
“Ah, so is this another side of the true you?” You spat at him
“Do not take that tone with me.” He hissed. “I thought that you would be reasonable. I thought that you would understand and maybe you need time, but it you will see this is the best way.”
“I’m going to the Omni-King, and then I’m leaving you!” You struggled in his grip but it was useless.
Suddenly, a whirl of power came over you. You felt a sickening feeling in your throat, like you were about to throw up.
“You feel that. That is my code on you. I made it impossible for you to tell the Omni-King or anyone else of this plan and-”
He suddenly jerked you toward him. He released one wrist to cup your cheek.
“-you will not leave me. I will have you at my side either as Empress or my prisoner. It is your decision. I trust in time you will see reason and learn this is best, but until then this code will be on you.” He then looked directly into your eyes with steely and ice cold determination.
“There is no place you can go that I won’t find you.”
Then he released you. You staggered back. He looked to the door and walked away, slamming it. He never looked back.
It was only after he left that you realized Cus had been crying.
Damn it! Damn it!
What had he done? All these countless years, and this is what it had built up too! He had worked so hard to groom her into accepting whatever he would do. He had spent so much energy on making her dependent on him to the point of no questioning.
Perhaps he should have known better. He had seen her intelligence and her moral convictions before, and he had seen her unconditional love for their children.
The love he had nearly ruined.
Damn it, why did he have to say what he did to her? All the sudden he just got so possessive. The idea of her leaving him had sent chills down him. He never been more scared or hurt his entire life. He had never even considered the Princess leaving him!
He had loved her to the point where the idea of separation only caused pain in both body and mind. He wished he could take the words back about being a prisoner if she refused, but he couldn’t.
Because it was the truth.
The idea of losing her forever was too much to bare. He would never let her escape him.
He admired the irony for a moment that instead of her being the dependent one, it had reversed. Now, he was the one who couldn’t live without her.
Oh, Annake must be laughing at him.
But he did think that eventually she would see reason. She would understand why his plan was the best. Not just for him, the universes, or the mortals, but them.
Their entire family.
It was for the best.
Yes, it was all for the best.
You were curled up in a corner in the fetal position. You could hear Cus crying, but you couldn’t will your body to move.
Did you even have any will left?
You couldn’t tell anyone. You couldn’t grab your children and run. You yourself couldn’t even just run away.
You were under this curse and you were doomed to watch all your children slowly die or become one with those things.
You would protect your children. You had too. Even if it would cost anything.
The Dragon Balls!
A vague plan formed in your head. You had to act quickly though.
With energy you didn’t have, you got up and walked over to the cradle of your youngest and last child. You gave a regretful smile to her.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Really, I have no plan, and there is no way to tell you how sorry I am, little baby.”
You leaned down to kiss your newborn’s forehead.
“But I hope. I will see you again and be able to save you and all the others. Because that is what a real mother does. She gives up everything for her children. Any woman who would do less isn’t a real mother. So please remember that I love you. I love all of you. I want to stay, but that would be selfish. I have to save you”
A teardrop of yours fell on the infant’s cheek. It mingled with a the smaller tears of Cus or a moment, before disputing into the sea of tears.
“If possible, remember I love you. I’m sorry for all of them, but I will to see you again. I promise we will all be together someday, Somehow!”
You forced yourself away. You knew if you looked at that child again, you wouldn’t do what needed to be done.
You went to one corner and took the Spear of Redemption. Without looking back, you went outside.
You had to find the Dragon Balls and quickly!