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The Copai Saga is the first saga in Less than Normal. It is followed by the second saga, the <REDACTED> Saga. This saga covers Copai's arrival on Earth and friendship with Gohan, along with an alien known only as 'The Boss' and his ties to Copai.
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Prologue (Chapter 1)Edit
<THE SCENE IS SET IN A DARK ROOM; SEVERAL SMALL SCREENS PROVIDE SOME LIGHT, SHOWING TWO BEINGS MOVING AROUND IN THE SHADOWS.>
<A LARGE SCREEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM ACTIVATES. A FLICKERING PICTURE OF THE EARTH IS DISPLAYED, ALONG WITH SOME BASIC DATA ON THE PLANET'S WATER LEVELS, POPULATION, AND OTHER SMALL FACTS. THE LIGHT FROM THE SCREEN SHOWS US TWO FACES; THE BOSS AND COPAI.>
The Boss: I hope you haven't forgotten any of the specifics of our deal.
Copai: <LOOKING DOWNWARDS WITH HER ARMS CROSSED AND A SMIRK ON HER FACE> Don't worry, boss. I wouldn't forget how to be a good helper if I had the chance.
<THE BOSS SMILES AND NODS, LIFTING A VERY ORNATELY DESIGNED CUP TO HIS MOUTH AND SIPPING WHAT APPEARS TO BE WINE>
The Boss: Well, if you're so sure of your talent as a planet cleaner, I'll prepare the trip to Earth. It shouldn't take too long to arrive- just four months.
<SUDDENLY, A SPIKE IN POWER APPEARS SOMEWHERE ON THE SURFACE OF THE PLANET. COPAI NOTICES AND GLANCES CASUALLY AT THE SCREEN.>
Copai: Looks like there may be some tough fighters, but not too many.
<SCREEN FADES TO BLACK AS COPAI WALKS AWAY>
<MOUNT PAOZU, AGE 767>
<GOHAN LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW TO THE NIGHT SKY, THEN BACK TO THE MASSIVE STACK OF PAPERS IN FRONT OF HIM. HE GRABS HIS PENCIL AND GRITS HIS TEETH, AND PREPARES TO FINISH HIS ESSAY.>
Gohan: Why is this so hard? I've written so many essays before... why is this one so tough?
<CHI-CHI WALKS BY, CARRYING SUPPLIES FOR A NURSERY>
Chi-Chi: Hey, Gohan... <A BOX ALMOST SLIPS, BUT CHI-CHI MANAGES TO REBALANCE THE STACK OF SUPPLIES> ...how's that essay?
Gohan: <SIGHS, AND LOOKS TO HIS MOTHER> Not going too well.
Chi-Chi: Oh, well alright. I'll let you stay up to finish that thing, but as soon as it's done, go to bed! A young man like you needs his sleep.
<GOHAN NODS, AND LOOKS BACK OUT THE WINDOW, HOPING FOR INSPIRATION. SUDDENLY, HE NOTICES A STRANGE POD-LIKE OBJECT CRASH NEAR THE HOUSE>
Gohan: Mom, did you hear th-
Chi-Chi: <INTERRUPTING GOHAN> You better work on that essay! I'm sorry I can't help, but I'm preparing the nursery for your baby brot-
Gohan: <COUNTER-INTERRUPTING CHI-CHI> Yes, yes, my baby brother. You don't have to remind me, I see you working on that nursery everyday.
<GOHAN SIGHS AGAIN AS CHI-CHI WALKS AWAY, THEN LOOKS BACK OUTSIDE.>
Gohan: I'll have to check that out soon... but first, the essay. Wouldn't want mom to be mad at me...
<GOHAN LOOKS BACK TO HIS PAPERS AND BEGINS WRITING>
Chapter 2: Clean-Up DeployedEdit
<A FEW HOURS BEFORE LANDING, COPAI WAKES UP FROM HER NAP. EARTH IS A LOT CLOSER THAN WHEN SHE STARTED SNOOZING OFF, AND SHE CHECKS THE APPROXIMATED TIME BEFORE ARRIVAL.>
Copai: Wow, I'm gonna land soon. Better prepare the full set of gear.
<COPAI PUTS ON TWO BLACK GAUNTLETS WITH LAVENDER FINGERS, WITH VERY ROUNDED FOREARM PIECES. FROM OVER HER HEAD, THE SHIP DEPLOYS A SIMILARLY SMOOTHED CHESTPLATE, COVERING HER CHEST AND STOMACH, WITH TWO ROUND PAULDRONS. AROUND HER FEET, SMOOTHED BOOTS APPEAR.
Copai: And now for the finishing touch! <ATTACHES A SHEATH TO HER HIP, AND PLACES A THIN SILVER SWORD WITHIN IT> That's better.
<AS COPAI'S OVAL-SHAPED POD DRAWS CLOSE TO A MOUNTAIN, COPAI PUTS A PAIR OF PURPLE GOGGLES ON.>
Copai: Landing in 15... 14... 13... 12...
<IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, GOHAN IS HEADING OUT TO WHERE HE SAW THE MYSTERIOUS POD CRASH. HE CAUTIOUSLY RAISES HIS KI AS HE SEES A SPACESHIP, SIMILAR IN SHAPE TO A POD OF PEAS.>
Gohan: Who's there? You... better not be a threat... <SEES COPAI, SNORING IN HER SEAT> How is she stronger than Frieza...?
Copai: H-huh? Oh, dangit! I was asleep on the job! <JUMPS OUT OF THE POD AND LANDS CLOSE TO GOHAN, SMILING> My name is Copai, and today I'm gonna be your personal planet cleaner!
Gohan: What? What's a planet cleaner?
Copai: Well, we go from planet to planet for The Boss, cleaning off all the life and leaving a nice clean slate.
Gohan: That sounds like something Frieza would do...
Copai: <RATHER ANGRY> Frieza? He's an amateur! Wasn't in it for the thrill, just the money! The Boss has much better taste, and we provide much better service.
Gohan: Uh... Frieza's dead.
Copai: ...YES! The Planet Cleaner's Guild wins this round! Well then, I'm off to clean Earth off!
Gohan: I'm not letting you kill anyone, ok? <POWERS UP TO SUPER SAIYAN AND FOLLOWS AFTER HER>
Copai: Your power level... how are you stronger than The Boss? I'm gonna have to rough you up!
<COPAI LIFTS A LEG BEHIND HER AND STOPS SUDDENLY, KICKING GOHAN IN THE GUT. HE IS VISIBLY HURT BY THIS, AND COPAI FOLLOWS THE ATTACK UP WITH A FINGER BEAM OVER THE SHOULDER.>
Gohan: You're... pretty strong. Why do you work with this 'Boss' guy?
Copai: Well... it's not by choice... but The Boss is the reason I'm alive. I owe him big time.
Gohan: Well, if you're going to keep your debt to your boss and try to clean Earth, me and my friends will be here to stop you.
Copai: You mean you aren't the only tough one around here? <LOOKING AT GOHAN IN AWE> You gotta tell me about the others!
Gohan: I'm the strongest around here, I guess, but Vegeta is pretty amazing. Piccolo and Krillin are pretty strong, Tien and Yamcha could be stronger but they always fight well...
<COPAI LISTENS IN AWE, AND BEGINS WALKING WITH GOHAN TO HIS HOUSE.>
Chapter 3: Tough to the CoreEdit
<GOHAN AND COPAI SIT AT THE TABLE, WHILE CHI-CHI CARRIES SUPPLIES AROUND, LISTENING TO COPAI'S STORY>
Copai: ...so that's why I'm here.
Chi-Chi: Well, young lady, you seem like a delinquent. Don't go out blowing up worlds!
Copai: <SMIRKS AND GIVES A THUMBS UP> Not until I'm done here! Although this house seems pretty comfy... might have to stay.
<COPAI LOOKS AT GOHAN AND WINKS. GOHAN BLUSHES A BIT AND LOOKS BACK DOWN AT A BOOK HE'S READING.>
Chi-Chi: Well, I guess you can stay in the guest room, Copai. Just don't wreck the house, try to keep your room clean, don't mess with Gohan's studies, keep away from the nursery... oh, whatever. Just be careful.
Copai: You got it, miss.
<A FEW DAYS LATER, COPAI IS TRAINING, CONTINUALLY SLASHING AT A TREE WITH HER SWORD. GOHAN SITS NEARBY, READING A BIT>
Copai: Hey, Gohan. Come train with me! You seemed really strong the other day, so why aren't you working yourself out?
Gohan: <STILL READING HIS BOOK, NOT LOOKING AWAY> Because my studies come first.
Copai: So you wanna be a smart guy, huh? <SUDDENLY TURNS AROUND, HER BLADE INCHES FROM CUTTING GOHAN'S BOOK IN HALF> Well I'm not gonna let such a strong fighter become a boring scholar.
Gohan: Alright, we can spar for just a minute... but don't let mom know.
<GOHAN STANDS UP, LOOKING AT COPAI. COPAI LOOKS BACK, SMIRKING.>
Copai: Aren't you gonna do the golden hair thing? It makes your power level spike.
Gohan: Well, that's called Super Saiyan... <AURA BECOMES GOLDEN AS GOHAN POWERS UP TO SUPER SAIYAN> ...and there's this other form, but...
Copai: Use it! Use it now! I want to fight you at your fullest.
Gohan: Well... ok. I won't hold back, but... just know you could get hurt. Super Saiyan 2's even stronger than the first.
<GOHAN STANDS STILL, CHARGING HIS KI. HE GRITS HIS TEETH AS SMALL SPARKS FORM IN HIS AURA. HIS HAIR BEGINS TO STAND ON END, AS HE REACHES SUPER SAIYAN 2.>
Gohan: <SOUNDING RATHER EXHAUSTED> Alright, Copai. This is my peak. So, you sure you want to fight?
<COPAI NODS AND GETS READY TO FIGHT, HER SWORD GLIMMERING IN THE SUN>
Gohan: Okay, Copai. What you're facing is all I've got, so be careful.
Copai: Your power level's pretty high, but I've got something better than blond hair!
<COPAI SHEATHES HER SWORD AND RUNS TOWARDS GOHAN QUICKLY, PREPARING A PUNCH. AS SHE REACHES GOHAN, HE CATCHES HER FIST FAIRLY EASILY AND KNEES HER IN THE STOMACH. COPAI COUGHS A BIT, BUT GETS UP, READY TO FIGHT.>
Gohan: You've got quite a bit of endurance if you took that hit.
Copai: What can I say? Latemiens are just tough like that.
<THE TWO CONTINUE TO HIT EACH OTHER. WHILE COPAI'S POWER LEVEL IS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER, SHE MANAGES TO KEEP AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD WITH GOHAN, CATCHING HIS PUNCHES AND TRYING TO COUNTER. THE TWO CONTINUE TO TALK WHILE STRUGGLING TO KEEP AHEAD.>
Gohan: So, you're a Latemien. Never heard that one before.
Copai: Yup, Latemien, through and through. Tough to the core.
Gohan: Then why don't you stand up to your boss?
<COPAI CLOSES HER EYES, HER SMIRK DISAPPEARING FROM HER FACE. HER PUNCHES BEGIN TO SLOW, ALTHOUGH SHE TRIES TO KEEP UP>
Copai: Didn't I tell you? I owe him. He found me out in space... I was just a little kid, and I had no idea what was happening. One morning, I was back home... then I just wasn't.
Gohan: So he saved you.
Copai: Yeah, he said he'd let me live. Saw potential in me. My power level was high enough, so he gave me a sword and trained me. Still says he'll kill me if I do a sloppy job.
Gohan: Do you even trust him?
Copai: Not a bit.
<COPAI CATCHES ANOTHER PUNCH, AND GOHAN TRIES TO RETALIATE WITH A KICK. COPAI, RATHER CAUGHT UP IN HER MEMORIES, FALLS TO THE GROUND.>
Gohan: You ok?
Copai: ...I'm a Latemien. I'm tough. I'm fine.
<GOHAN HELPS COPAI UP, AND POWERS DOWN. SHE SMILES AT HIM, AND SITS DOWN NEAR WHERE GOHAN WAS READING.>
Copai: C'mon, Gohan. You should be reading.
Gohan: But you were the one who said I should be sparing.
Copai: Yeah, and you proved you aren't in desperate need of training at all. Go ahead and read.
<GOHAN SITS DOWN AND BEGINS READING, AND COPAI RESTS HER HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER. GOHAN BLUSHES A BIT, AND CONTINUES TO READ AS COPAI FALLS ASLEEP ON THE HILL.>
Chapter 4: Just A ScrapeEdit
<ON A FAIRLY CLEAR DAY, GOHAN IS LEADING COPAI AROUND WEST CITY. COPAI IS CARRYING A HOT DOG, AND EATING IT RATHER HAPPILY.>
Copai: When are we gonna get to that capsule place you talked about, Gohan? I want to meet Vegeta, he sounds pretty tough.
Gohan: It's not too far, Copai. Besides, you've barely spent time doing anything but train and sleep.
Copai: Yeah, because training and sleeping are things I actually like. Why don't you just fly me there?
Gohan: It's not too far, ok? In fact, it should be around this corner...
<GOHAN AND COPAI REACH THE CAPSULE CORPORATION HEADQUATERS, AND BEGIN LOOKING AROUND. GOHAN SMILES AS HE SENSES VEGETA'S ENERGY.>
Gohan: That big burst of energy over there is Vegeta, Copai. Looks like we came at just the right time.
<COPAI GRINS WITH EXCITEMENT AS THE TWO WALK THROUGH THE DOORS. BULMA IS NEARBY, HAVING JUST PREPARED THE GRAVITY CHAMBER FOR VEGETA'S TRAINING.>
Bulma: Oh, hello, Gohan! Glad to have you here. So, who's the girlfriend?
<GOHAN BLUSHES FURIOUSLY, AND BEGINS STAMMERING ABOUT HOW COPAI ISN'T HIS GIRLFRIEND. COPAI CONTENTLY HUGS GOHAN AND SMIRKS.>
Copai: The name's Copai. Me and Gohan are super close.
Bulma: Oh, I remember when I was young and boy-crazy. Well, I have to go deal with some boring business stuff... hope you enjoy your visit!
Gohan: Does Vegeta mind if we check on his training?
Bulma: The gravity's pretty high, but I'm sure you can handle it, Gohan. Copai may want to stay behind, though...
Copai: Don't underestimate me, miss. I'm pretty tough too.
<BULMA SMILES AS SHE WALKS AWAY, GIGGLING OVER GOHAN BLUSHING. AS HE SETTLES DOWN, GOHAN WALKS TO THE GRAVITY CHAMBER, COPAI NOT FAR BEHIND. AS THEY WALK IN, VEGETA STANDS, SLIGHTLY SLOUCHED FROM THE GRAVITY, TRYING TO BLAST SEVERAL FAST-MOVING TARGETS.>
Vegeta: Perhaps a little more force is needed for this one. Just a bit more.
<VEGETA CHARGES HIS ENERGY AS HIS HAIR TURNS A FAMILIAR SHADE OF GOLD. WITH THE ADDED STRENGTH OF A SUPER SAIYAN, HE MANAGES TO STAND UP MORE CALMLY, AND FIRE OFF A KIAI, BREAKING ALL THE SMALL FLYING DRONES. GOHAN AND COPAI ARE BOTH SLIGHTLY BLOWN BACK, AND VEGETA GLANCES OVER.>
Vegeta: Hrmph. You there, do you mind turning up the gravity? Things are getting too easy, especially if I want to reach the kind of strength you had back at the Cell Games.
<VEGETA GRITS HIS TEETH AS HE REMEMBERS HOW GOHAN, A MERE HALF-BREED CHILD, MANAGED TO SURPASS HIM.>
Gohan: Sure, Vegeta. How much do you want?
Vegeta: Pump things up to 450 times this planet's gravity. I won't be falling behind you, okay?
Gohan: Sure, Veg-
Copai: <JUMPING AHEAD OF GOHAN> Turn the gravity down for a bit, mister! I want to fight you.
Vegeta: You? You're as frail as glass. You might want to get some training in if you want to battle me.
Copai: I'm good. If you want to wimp out, I'm fine.
Vegeta: ...Gohan, turn things to 25 times Earth's gravity. I'll see if your little friend is as good as she says.
<GOHAN NODS AND TURNS THE GRAVITY DOWN, AS COPAI DRAWS HER SWORD FROM HER SHEATH. VEGETA SMIRKS AS HE GETS INTO A FIGHTING STANCE.>
Copai: Alright, Vegeta. No holding back?
Vegeta: I would hope so.
<COPAI DASHES AT VEGETA, WHO CHARGES A KI BLAST THAT HITS HER. AS THE SMOKE CLEARS FROM THE RATHER POWERFUL BLAST, COPAI IS NO WHERE TO BE SEEN.>
<COPAI APPEARS BEHIND VEGETA, HER OWN KI BLAST CHARGED. SHE FIRES IT OFF, KNOCKING HIM TO THE FLOOR.>
Vegeta: <GETTING UP AND DUSTING OFF HIS ARMS> You seem to be above average... let's test that, shall we?
<VEGETA AND COPAI DASH AT EACH OTHER, FISTS READY. WHILE COPAI TRIES TO HIT VEGETA'S FACE, VEGETA GOES FOR COPAI'S STOMACH, PUNCHING HER BACK TOWARDS ONE OF THE WALLS. COPAI LANDS ON HER FEET AND BOUNCES OFF THE WALL, FIST FIRST, INTO A STRONG PUNCH TO VEGETA'S JAW. VEGETA WIPES OFF HIS CHEEK AND PREPARES A BIG BANG ATTACK.>
Vegeta: Don't worry, little girl. This fight will be over soon. Now then... Big Bang Attack!
<VEGETA LAUNCHES THE BIG BANG ATTACK, WHICH HITS COPAI, CREATING A SMALL EXPLOSION. COPAI'S FACE HAS A CUT ON IT, AND HER T-SHIRT'S SLEEVES ARE TORN UP, BUT COPAI GETS UP, EXHAUSTED.>
Gohan: Vegeta, you can stop now.
Copai: No, he hasn't won yet. This next attack may be able to finish you in 20 seconds- maybe even less! Well, here I go!
<COPAI FIRES HER OWN BURST OF KI, SIMILAR TO THE BIG BANG ATTACK, AT VEGETA. QUICKLY AFTERWARDS, SHE DASHES TOWARDS VEGETA, WHO IS STILL DAZED, AND DELIVERS AN AXE KICK TO HIS HIPS. AS HE STUMBLES TO LOOK BACK AT HER, SHE APPEARS ABOVE HIM AND SLASHES HIM IN THE CHEST AS SHE FLIES DOWNWARD. VEGETA, IN PAIN, LOOKS BACK UP AT COPAI AS SHE SMIRKS.>
Vegeta: Heh... you managed to break my armor. Nice job, brat. Now then, if you don't mind, I'm going to get back to training.
<GOHAN AND COPAI LEAVE THE TRAINING ROOM, COPAI YAMMERING ON AND ON ABOUT HOW SHE MANAGED TO 'WIN'. VEGETA LOOKS BACK, AND THEN TURNS THE GRAVITY UP AND CONTINUES TO TRAIN.>