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Gohan brings home an evil lion bird monster masquerading as his girlfriend! Can Goten and Trunks rescue him before it's too late?
Chapter 1, Enter the Girfinn!
One Saturday afternoon, Goten Son was playing with his blocks on the living room floor. He was constructing the Kingdom of Goten. He had already built a magnificent castle, and he was just making the peasants’ houses when his mother walked in.
“Goten,” she called. “You have to put away your blocks now, honey.”
Goten adjusted the roof on one of the little huts. He was sure his mom was only kidding; he knew for a fact that bedtime was still a ways away. As long as the sun was up, Goten could play blocks as long as he wanted to.
Chi Chi, however, put her hands on her hips and frowned. “Goten,” she repeated. “It’s time to clean up.”
Goten grinned and looked up at his mother. “Silly Mommy,” he laughed. “It’s not bedtime yet!”
Chi Chi smiled. “No, but you still have to clean up,” she insisted. “Gohan’s bringing a girlfriend home. They’re going to watch a movie in here. Come on, honey.”
Goten’s smile faded as he realized his mother was serious. “But, Mommy,” he whined. “I’m building the Kingdom of Goten, and the peasants still need a place to live!”
But Chi Chi wouldn’t listen. “Let’s go, Goten.”
Goten scowled at his creations. He had worked so hard on them, too! Maybe he could save them for later if he was really careful. He grabbed the bottom of his castle and tried to move it into the tub of blocks, but as soon as he picked it up, it came crashing to the floor. Goten pouted and gingerly placed the remains of his beautiful castle in with the rest of the blocks.
“Hurry up, Goten. Your brother will be back any minute with his girlfriend!”
Mothers had no compassion for fallen castles.
After Goten had put his blocks away, he looked up at his mother. “Mommy,” he asked, “what’s a… a girfinn?”
Chi Chi grinned, clearly amused, though Goten couldn’t for the life of him guess what it was. “You’ll find out soon enough,” she said.
What kind of answer was that? Parents were always saying such confusing things. Before he could get any further information, however, his best friend Trunks swaggered into the room.
Chi Chi smiled. “Hello, Trunks,” she said. “Do you want to play with Goten?”
The two boys raced up to Goten’s room, where they could have more privacy from prying eyes and ears.
At the venerable age of six, Trunks was much more knowledgeable about these kinds of things than five-year-old Goten was. “Trunks,” asked Goten, “what’s a girfinn?”
Trunks screwed up his face and shut his eyes tight, clearly in deep thought. Goten watched him patiently. Finaly, Trunks opened his eyes. “A girfinn,” he said matter-of-factly, “is a lion monster that has wings like a bird and flies around and eats people.”
Goten gasped. “Really?” Gohan was bringing home a monster! “Trunks, we have to save my brother!” he cried. “Mommy said he’s bringing home a girfinn tonight! What if it tries to eat him?”
Trunks nodded his understanding. “We’ll need some monster-fighting equipment,” he said. “Follow me.”
“Shouldn’t we tell my mommy and daddy?” Goten asked. “Maybe they can help us!”
But Trunks shook his head. “Grown-ups don’t understand this sort of thing,” he said. “We have to make sure nobody knows what we’re up to!”
Goten nodded. This made sense: grown-ups didn’t believe in things like monsters. They would only laugh.
As they were making their way down the stairs, they heard the sound of the front door opening. Goten squeaked. “Trunks,” he whimpered. “The girfinn’s here!”
The two watched wide-eyed as Gohan stepped into the kitchen. Goten imagined a huge, scaly claw reaching out from behind him. It was going to grab him! The monster was going to eat his brother!
“Gohan! Look out!” Goten forgot about staying quiet and, before Trunks could stop him, he raced into the kitchen and thrust himself at his brother. “It’s gonna get you, it’s gonna get you! Noooo!”
Gohan peeled his brother off of his body. “Goten!” he cried. “What’s the matter?”
Was he deaf or something? “The monster’s gonna eat you, Gohan! Look out, don’t let it—”
“How cute! Is this your brother?” A sweet, unfamiliar voice interrupted him. Goten looked up into the face of a smiling, black-haired girl. She picked him up and rested him on her hip. “Aren’t you just adorable?” she cooed. “What’s your name?”
Goten stared at her. Was this the girfinn? It couldn’t be. Trunks had said the girfinn would be a horrible monster! This was just a girl.
He caught a glimpse of Trunks gesturing violently at him from the staircase; Goten wriggled out of the girl’s grasp and sprinted back to safety. Trunks was glaring at him. “What’s the matter with you?” he snapped. “I told you to be quiet!” They watched Gohan and the girl make their way into the living room.
“Trunks,” asked Goten in a low voice. “Was that the girfinn?”
Trunks nodded solemnly. “It’s worse than I thought,” he said. “Gohan’s girfinn is a shapeshifter. It can look like anything it wants to.”
Goten felt a chill run down his spine. “It picked me up,” he whispered. “It almost ate me!”
But Trunks shook his head. “It won’t eat anyone while other people are around,” he explained. “It’s gonna try and get Gohan alone, so nobody can watch it eat him. We have to kill it before that happens!”
Goten nodded. “Let’s do it,” he muttered.
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