Disclaimer: I don't own One Piece.
A/N: Before we start, this is a reboot of my story "The Straw Hat's and Jello". Without going on for too long, I decided to reboot the fanfic because I didn't like how it was turning out, and I lost a lot of motivation to continue the it. The reason I deleted the old fanfic was because I thought having a reboot of a story would be considered as the exact same fanfic as the original. This website doesn't allow for two fanfics that are the exact same on their website. It turned out that I was wrong, and now I feel like a dunderhead, lol. My bad. However, I still have the entire original fanfic as a word doc, So if you want, I can try and see if I can send you the word doc. Anyway, for anyone who read my previous fanfic, I really hope you can understand why I wanted to reboot it. For those of you who never read my previous fanfic, I hope you enjoy this anyway.
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The World Government is the most powerful political organization in the world, having over 170 countries that span across every sea in the world under its rule. To help maintain their influence, the World Government sends a sea force world famously known as the Marines to every country allied with them to protect these countries from dangerous criminals, such as pirates, bandits, and Revolutionaries. The Marines also help maintain order and uphold the law of the land… but most importantly, they actively impose the will and might of the World Government itself. However, certain political situations and threats will arise that the World Government simply can't have the Marines publicly involved in without sparking world wide controversy and panic, which will inevitably disrupt and worsen the World Governments influence. For this reason, the organization of Cipher Pol was created.
While the Marines are the military branch of the World Government, Cipher Pol is the intelligence branch of the World Government, usually operating behind the scenes performing undercover missions through espionage, reconnaissance, sabotage, and spying. There are eight publicly known Cipher Pol groups, these groups being named Cipher Pol 1 to Cipher Pol 8. These groups specialize in intelligence gathering, but what intelligence they are gathering remains unknown to the public. However, due to their allowance of applying a radical form of justice, there is a special Cipher Pol group that is hidden to the public eye, Cipher Pol 9. Cipher Pol 9 performs all of the duties the lower groups do, but they specialize in missions that require assassinations. In addition, all Cipher Pol 9 agents have the license to kill any citizen that does not cooperate with the World Government's will, or otherwise is perceived as an imminent threat toward themselves or the World Government.
In recent years, Cipher Pol 9 has been noted to be growing stronger and stronger with each passing year by their primary enemies, the Revolutionary Army. This is most noticeable with two men in the group: Rob Lucci and Wyatt Errol. These two men were by far the strongest in the group's history, and both of these men expressed their license to kill on non-targets, typically through mass killings. However, while Rob Lucci merely struck fear into the heart of his enemies for this, Wyatt Errol would single handedly bring peace and prosperity in nearly every country that he visited by simply killing the correct people. Soon, multiple countries would take notice of this vulgar, yet wondrous trend. Even though no one knew who was responsible for these mass killings that brought about wonderful times, they simply dubbed the possible assailant "The Agent of Darkness".
Currently, three Cipher Pol 9 agents were gathered in the chief of the groups office, Spandam, awaiting for the arrival of the other agents that were escorting a pirate known as Nico Robin, a dangerous individual who knew knowledge that could potentially destroy the world, at least according to the World Government.
"It sounds like Lucci and the others are back. And they've brought me the best souvenirs ever. We'll really, this is the first time in five years... that all nine members of CP9, including yours truly, have been in the same place at once! It's a happy day!" Spandam cheered. Spandam was a pale and slim man, with wavy lavender hair. He wore a brown studded leather mask which covered parts of his face, long brown leather gloves, black high-collared leather vest with matching pants separated by a studded belt, a long-sleeved light gray shirt decorated with a diagonal squiggle pattern below his vest with the collar turned up, and white shoes with brown tassels extending from their heels. Before Spandam continued, he walked towards his desk plopped right in front of a large window and held up a newspaper. "And yet... what in the world is this article!? In this Revolutionary Army district leader assassination plot, according to your orders... you only had to rub out three people... but you killed twenty-three! If you have an excuse, let's hear it!"
"Yoyoi! I humbly apologize! Chief, the blame here is all mine! Yoyoiyoi!" Kumadori spoke up as he jumped out of the couch he and the other two agents were sitting in and stood on his hands, bowing in an awkward position. Kumadori had a large frame and huge mane of pinkish hair. He wore a black suit, a black shirt, a green tie, handguards around his palms that covered the back of his hands, black pants, and black shoes.
"Stop it, Kumadori! Men shouldn't bow there heads so easy! I'm about to explain what happened to the chief, so just settle down!" Jabra ordered. Jabra was a dark-skinned man, with a Fu Manchu mustache, a pointed goatee, and long black hair braided in a thick queue that somewhat resembles a scorpion's tail. He also has a scar running diagonally down his left eye. He wore small, pointed sunglasses on his forehead, small hoop earrings, a black tie over his bare chest, a black tangzhuang that was white down the middle and open, and a red sash around his waist over black pants and shoes. After Jabra gave his order, Kumadori immediately jumped back up, ready for Jabra to give the explanation. Instead, Jabra chose to whine. "But come on! Errol gets to kill as many people as he wants with no repercussions! That isn't fair, he's the youngest one in the group!"
"Well unlike you idiots, Errol knows precisely what people to kill! His off-target killings benefit the rest of the world, including us, whereas yours simply brings us a multitude of problems and setbacks. Until you learn to effectively play judge, jury, and executioner, then lighten up on your killings!" Spandam barked with saliva coming out of his mouth.
"What about, Lucci!? Don't you let him kill whoever he wants!?" a voice yelled from the back. Everyone in the room turned towards the door, seeing an obese man opening it and slamming it shut. He had short and puffy black hair, a pointed nose, predominantly round ears, and wore a short-sleeve cardigan that was open, a red tie over his bare chest, and a white sash under his black pants and shoes. Spandam's face immediately lit up at seeing who it was, and greeted him with open arms.
"Well if it isn't the Agent of Darkness himself! Come, please join us!" Spandam called out.
"Yeah, yeah, I'm here," Errol mumbled as he walked up to the couch and plopped down right beside Fukurou. Fukurou was a big, round, oddly-shaped man with a zipper across his mouth and green hair, purple dimples on his cheek, and a strand of hair on his chin. He wore a black suit, a black shirt, a light blue tie, red armbands, black pants, and black shoes.
"Yoyoi! I'm very sorry, chief. I... in this sad situation, I'll slit my belly and take responsibility!" Kumadori stated as he drew out his sword and aimed it at his lower torso.
"We infiltrated on the target date, as order, to carry out the assassin, but..." Jabra feverishly started, but Errol interrupted him.
"But they must've known about the assassinaton plan ahead of time, so they were prepared for you guys," Errol said, then looked towards Fukurou, "I wonder who it was that leaked the plan it the first place."
"Errol is correct, our plan, which nobody should have known about, was leaked. I went and blabbed our assassination plot all over town. Chapapa..." Fukurou admitted.
"What!? You again, Fukurou!? What do you think that zipper on your mouth is for!?" Jabra yelled. He then furiously grabbed Fukurou's cheek pulled on it with so much force that it was as if he was trying to rip it off. "When are you going to fix these flapping lips of yours! We're strictly confidential secret agents!"
"I went and told. Chapapa!" Fukurou said. As the everyone else in the room began to argue with each other, an elephant with leather armor strapped on its head and back slowly walked toward Errol. The elephant wrapped its trunk around Errol's neck, and Errol recuperated the attention by placing his hand on the side of the elephant's head.
"It's good to see you, Funkfreed. Sometimes, I feel like you and I are the only ones who don't have a few screws loose around here," Errol sighed.
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"Yessir! They're at the island gate! Kashi and Omo are currently holding them off... so there's no problem!" a government official said through Spandam's Transponder Snail.
"I see. Tell me, have you captured the Straw Hat that invaded the main island?" Spandam asked through his Transponder Snail while sitting at his desk.
"Yessir! Un… I estimate around... four hundred," the official said.
"Four hundred? What are you talking about?" Spandam asked.
"Casualties!" the official explained. Spandam quickly grew panicked and sat straight up on his chair.
"What!? Casualties!? He's beaten four hundred guards!?" Spandam asked.
"Uh… no, sorry. I'll need to revise that estimate!" the official said. Before the official could tell Spandam the correct estimate, Spandam began ranting.
"Of course you will! The opponent is one boy... my guards aren't that trash! They can't lose! If there are casualties, report them accurately!" Spandam ranted.
"Um… five... gah!" the official started, but a loud thud was heard, and the official ceased talking.
"Five gah...!? Fool! You mean five guards!?" Spandam yelled. Not receiving another response, Spandam hung up the transponder snail. "Hmm. It's seems Straw Hat Luffy... isn't fighting, but running around the island. Naturally, no one would be stupid enough to stand against that many guards! It's just a matter of time."
"You're wrong," Errol said as he stood up.
"Huh? What do you mean?" Spandam asked.
"What really happened was that there were around four hundred guards taken down when you started talking to the official, but since then... a hundred more guards were defeated. He meant to say five hundred, not five," Errol explained.
"W-What…!? You really think this Straw Hat Luffy is that strong…!?" Spandam exclaimed with sweat drops pouring from his forehead.
"Yes, I do. Don't worry, I'll take care of him immediately. I've been sitting here for what feels like hours now, I'm bored," Errol said as he began walking away. However, a government official opened the door and took a few steps into the room. Errol stopped, wanting to see what the official was here for.
"Chief! Mr. Lucci's party has arrived!" the government official said.
"He's back!? Let him in!" Spandam ordered.
"Hm! Nevermind! This should be more interesting…!" Errol mumbled. The other agents sitting on the couch stood up and faced towards the door, awaiting Lucci and the others. The governemnt official turned back and opened the door again, allowing four extremely tall agents to enter the room. The agents were Kaku, Blueno, Kalifa, and of course, Rob Lucci.
Rob Lucci had long black hair, and had a pigeon that wore a black tie and a fur coat sitting on his right shoulder. Lucci himself wore a black top hat brown fur coat around his shoulders like a cape, a black suit, a black shirt, a white tie, black pants, and black shoes. Kaku has short blonde hair, a long nose in the shape of a rectangle, and wore a black cap, a black tracksuit, black pants, and black shoes. Bluenol had a black beard, and black hair in which his hairstyle resembles the horns of a bull. He wore a black two-piece suit with a white handkerchief in his breast pocket, a sweater undershirt, blabk gloves, black pants, and black shoes. Kalifa had shoulder-length blonde hair, and wore glasses, blue earrings, a long-sleeved short black dress over a fishnet shirt and stockings, black gloves, and black high-heels.
"It's been a while, chief," Lucci said as he and the others walked towards the couch.
"Welcome back! Lucci, Kaku, Blueno, Kalifa!" Spandam cheered.
"That's sexual harassment," Kalifa said as she tilted up her glasses.
"Just saying your name!?" Spandam grumbled.
"Cutty Flam, perpetrator of a physical assault of a government employee... eight years ago on Water 7... and Nico Robin... perpetrator of an attack on a Marine vessel twenty years ago... at Ohara in the West Blue... have been detained without difficulty. They're on the other side of the door," Lucci explained.
"Oh shit, that weird and annoying cyborg is here, too?" Errol commented.
"Long time no see, Lucci. You're cheekier than ever," Jabra insulted with a maniacal grin.
"You look stupider than ever... Jabra," Lucci fired back.
"Knock it off, you two. We just got back!" Kaku said.
"Yoyoi! He's right. Stop it, both of you! It's been five years since we last met!" Kumadori said.
"Maybe for you guys, but I visited Lucci and the others all the time at Water 7!" Errol pointed out.
"Yoyoi! That was just you! The chief never gave us special privileges like that!" Kumadori explained.
"Maybe if you guys didn't suck at your jobs as much, you could have special privileges yourself!" Errol commented. Fukurou opened his zipper and began speaking.
"Chapapa…" Fukurou said. He then fiercely dashed toward Kalifa, but Kalifa kicked him toward Blueno. Blueno then slammed him toward Kaku. Kaku then elbowed him toward Lucci. Lucci then kicked towards Errol. Finally, Errol punched him off to the side, making him crash against the ground.
"I thought you were going to test us right away, Fukurou," Kalifa said. Fukurou stood up and positioned himself in a meditative-like stance, focusing on something.
"Six Powers Skill... teawase ranking! If the strength of one man with a weapon is a power level of 10, based on that… I will now rank your strengths starting with... Kalifa... power level 630. Blueno... power level 820. Kaku... power level 2,200! Lucci... hmm! Power level 4,000! Errol... gasp! Power level 4,010! " Fukurou revealed.
"You're telling me I'm only ten above Lucci? Pfft, lame!" Errol brushed off.
"Lucci and Errol have a power level of 4,000!? Are you serious!? That level of power is unheard of!" Jabra exclaimed.
"It's true! Everyone got stronger! Chapapapa!" Fukurou said, then turned toward the rest of the group. "I've also measured Jabra's and Kumadori's strength, so I know who's strongest!"
Wyatt Errol - 4,010
Rob Lucci - 4,000
Kaku - 2,200
Jabra - 2,180
Blueno - 820
Kumadori - 810
Fukurou - 800
Kalifa - 630
"Which would be me...! Yeah!" Errol cheered.
"Hey! I object, Fukurou! Lucci and Errol are one thing, but why am I beneath Kaku!?" Jabra complained.
"Chapapa! Kaku has grown stronger as well!" Fukurou said. Jabra then turned to Kaku, pointing at him.
"Hey, Kaku! Don't get a big head! Teawase ranking only measures physical ability!" Jabra screamed
"Quit your bellyaching, Jabra! You still have your wolf form…!" Errol explained as he rubbed his temples, growing annoyed at Jabra's yelling and whining.
"Yeah... that's right! In an actual fight, I'll have my Devil Fruit power! Then I'll definitely surpass you!" Jabra yelled.
"Think whatever you like. I'm not interested in that," Kaku brushed off.
"Good. Don't listen to what that stray dog is barking about," Lucci commented, which made Jabra focus on him instead.
"What do you mean stray dog, eh, Lucci? You ca-" Jabra started, but Errol interrupted him by punching him in the cheek, sending and flying back.
"Calm the fuck down! You two can fight later, we don't have time for a petty scuffle!" Errol stated.
"Ugh...! That actually hurt! Maybe a power level of 4,000 isn't so far fetched after all...!" Jabra grumbled as he rubbed his cheek.
"Hmm... impressive," Lucci commented.
"Eh...?" Errol muttered as he turned to Lucci, "Oh, Lucci. You're not mad that I surpassed you, right?"
"I am angry that you surpassed me, but not at you. I'm angry at myself for neglecting my training far too much. Once this little pirate invasion is over, you and I'll will start training," Lucci stated.
"Look, I know that it's always important to train consistently, but I think we've all deserve a vacation for once," Errol suggested. As tension began to finally subside, Fukurou decided to open his mouth literally and start gossiping to the wrong person.
"All of the island's guards were gossiping today... about how you got dumped by that waitress, Gatherine," Fukurou mentioned.
"Isn't it obvious?" Blueno commented.
"Hey! Wait a minute, how does everyone know that!?" Jabra asked
"I talked about it on the main island. Chapapa!" Fukurou admitted.
"Damn you!" Jabra yelled as he ran up to Fukurou and began to stretch his cheeks while zipping up his mouth.
"Argh! This is just happening because we started with this ranking nonsense right after meeting up! As soon as all of you mastered the Six Powers, you surpassed the range of normal humans. Even a power level of 500 makes you practically superhuman!" Spandam said.
"The chief has a power level of 9. Chapapa," Fukurou blurted out, then zipped up his mouth. Spandam then slammed both hands on the desk.
"Shut up! That doesn't matter because I'm chief! And I've got a special back up sword!" Spandam yelled. He then looked over to Funkfreed, who was affectionately smothering his head next to Errol.
"Haha! I don't know, Spandam! I think your sword likes me more than it does you! He might leave you for me someday, you know!" Errol joked as Funkfreed continued to smother his head on Errol.
"I've known how weak you are for a long time," Kalifa commented.
"Stop! Ugh! You should watch what you say, Kalifa!" Spandam exclaimed.
"That's sexual harassment," Kalifa said.
"Huh? Just because I responded to you!?" Spandam asked.
"Chief..." Kalifa said.
"What?" Kalifa asked.
"That's sexual harrasment," Kalifa said.
"What, the fact that I exist!?" Spandam exclaimed.
"Yoyoi! You're too forward, Kalifa! Chief... I will slice my stomach to make amends! I will commit seppuku!" Kumadori declared, then aimed his sword towards his toros again.
"Quit being a drama queen, Kumadori! You always use Iron Body when you try to commit suicide! If you were really serious, you would jump off a building! If you do that one day, though… make sure to do a backflip!" Errol said.
"Yoyoi! I will!" Kumadori said.
"Stop encouraging him, Errol!" Spandam screamed. After a few seconds, he was finally able to calm down, and regained his composure. "Anyway, good work on your five year mission. Later... there's something I want to give you. First, introduce me... to the last hope of the world!"
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The couch that was sitting right in front of Spandam's desk was split up into seven chairs. The chairs were split up into two rows lined up vertically on each side of Spandam's desk. While Errol decided to stand on the right side of Spandam's desk next to Funkfreed, the other agents took their seats on the chairs. When the time was right, two government officials opened the door from the outside of the room, revealing the two prisoners awaiting their fates in the prison hell known as Impel Down: Cutty Flam, better known as Franky, and Nico Robin.
Franky was tied up with large chains wrapped around his torso, battered and bruised up. Franky was a tall, well built man with enormous forearms that had blue star tattoos on them, bright blue hair that pointed up, as well as having a prosthetic iron nose. Franky simply wore sunglasses on his forehead, an open red shirt with lime green palm trees decorating it, and dark blue briefs. Unlike Franky, Robin seemed completely fine, only that she was in cuffs that were entirely made out of seastone. Robin is a tall and slender young woman with shoulder-length black hair. She wore a short leather dress with long sleeves over a lighter, white polka-dotted under dress, and black thigh high-heeled boots.
As the pair were escorted into the room, Franky simply looked down in shame, while Robin looked around, seeing all of the agents and Spandam glaring at her, almost as if they were starring deep into her soul itself. It was clear that she was the main prize of the game, and that Franky was just a bonus reward. When she finally looked at Errol, she immediately stopped moving and froze in place as Franky continued forward. Her eyes and mouth widened, and her heart began beating faster and faster to the point where it broke the heavy and dreadful silence of the room.
"Move forward!" a world government official ordered. Robin snapped out of her short lived trance and moved forward, slowly catching up to Franky and stood next to him. When the world government officials closed the door, Spandam, who was sitting on his desk, began to laugh uncontrollably.
"Heeheehee… wahahahaha! I feel fantastic! I'm surprised that you survived the incident eight years ago… Cutty Flam! And here's the most dangerous and wanted woman in the world... Nico Robin! The citizens of the world have no idea… how great and noble our work will be on this day. In fact, they will not learn about it for several years. In my opinion, the justice offered by the old men who currently run our government is too tepid! Without sacrifices, we cannot achieve our goal. We are working for the peace of all humankind. It is right and good at that we kill the fools who interfere with us! They are sacrifices made for world peace! Of course we must elongate fishmen and traitors who will not readily comply!" Spandam ranted. Franky grew extremely furious at Spandam, and began to speak his mind without thinking about the consequences of his actions.
"Tom risked his life to protect the blueprints… because of fools like you!" Franky growled, then opened up his mouth and bit the top of Spandam's head.
"Aaaiiieee!" Spandam screamed as he struggle to get Franky off him, but to no avail. "Ow! Youch! Assistance needed, guys!"
"Yoyoi! Understood" Kumadori chanted as he leaped out of his chair. He then dashed toward Spandam, knocked Franky off him, and then pinned Franky down on the ground. Before Errol could properly react to what he had just witnessed, he heard a voice coming from Spandam's Transponder Snail, which had the receiver off the hook.
"Main island calling the chief! Chief Spandam, please come in!" a Marine called for over the Transponder Snail. Seeing that Spandam was still recovering from the attack, as well as not wanting to hear another one of Spandam's annoyingly grandiose speeches, Errol made his way to the Transponder Snail and picked up the receiver.
"This is Agent Wyatt Errol. Chief Spandam is currently busy and left the receiver off the hook... sorry about that. What is it that you need?" Errol said.
"Hey…! Put that down! That Transponder Snail is for my use only!" Spandam ordered, but Errol simply placed his index finger up, signaling Spandam to be quiet.
"Sir, Straw Hat Luffy is running wild on the main island and is heading towards the courthouse as we speak! We need back up!" the Marines explained.
"Got it! I'll be on my way immediately! Try as best as you can to make sure he doesn't reach the courthouse! In the meantime, take orders from those weirdo judges who like to pretend that they are a three headed man!" Errol said.
"Yessir!" the Marine said, then hung up his Transponder Snail. Errol hung up the Transponder Snail he had and began walking toward the door.
"Hey, get back here! I'll let you fight when I give you the order too!" Spandam demanded, but Errol ignored him.
"Errol! Wait!" Robin yelled. Everyone in the room immediately turned their attention to her, including Errol himself. Robin gulped, and began speaking as tears began streaming down her cheeks. "I'm begging you…! Please don't kill him…! Please…! I know you have the strength too! But please don't! Please…!"
"Wahahahahaha! Are you seriously requesting that the Agent of Darkness himself not kill your pirate friend!? Wahahaha! What a delusional..." Spandam started, but Errol put the rest of the Spandam's insults and taunting at the back of his mind, and focused his attention toward Robin. While Errol simply gave Robin a heavy, unempathetic frown, Robin gave Errol the eyes that would come from a small, innocent puppy. For all of the lying and treachery that she had committed over the last twenty years of her life, it was clear that Robin did care about this band of pirates that she joined. She didn't want them coming to rescue her. She didn't want them to fight for her. She wanted them to be safe.
"Maybe you should've thought about their safety before foolishly turning yourself in," Errol coldly responded, and then walked out of the room, leaving Robin only with her concern for her friends' lives.
"I was…" Robin quietly mumbled to herself.
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On the main island of Enies Lobby, Straw Hat Luffy himself was fighting hordes of Marines and government officials on a rooftop, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Luffy was a slim man, and had short black hair and a scar under his left eye. He wore his trademark straw hat, a red vest, blue shorts, and sandals. Luffy was spinning in the air as he punched a government official back. Before he fell to the ground, he quickly pulled out his legs and connected the bottom of his feet together, making an arrow shape with his toes.
"Gum Gum… Spear!" Luffy yelled as he kicked with his feet, causing both of his legs to stretch towards another government official. However, before his feet could make contact, Errol appeared out of nowhere and grabbed them, causing Luffy's torso to fall to the ground.
"I'll handle Straw Hat! Go to the front gate, now! Make sure any pirates that are breaching the gate don't get in the main island!" Errol ordered.
"Yessir!" the Marines and government officials said in unison. The horde immediately ran off, dashing towards the front gate where the other pirates had just now busted through.
"Hey! Who are you!?" Luffy yelled while he struggled to get his feet out of Errol's grasp.
"I'm CP9 Agent Wyatt Errol," Errol responded as he let go of Luffy's feet, causing his legs to retract by themselves.
"So you must be friends with the pigeon guy…!" Luffy said as he stood up.
"Lucci? I wouldn't say friends… I wouldn't even say coworkers really, since we've never gone on missions together. We just happen to belong to the same group," Errol said.
"It doesn't matter! Get out of the way, or I'm taking you down!" Luffy declared with a determined and serious face.
"Go ahead, see what'll happen if you try," Errol taunted. Without warning, Luffy dashed toward Errol and stretched his arm back far away. Errol simply stood in place, not even taking a fighting stance.
"Gum Gum… Pistol!" Luffy yelled, then threw his fist toward Errol, but Errol caught it with no effort. With Luffy being right in front of Errol, Errol rapidly pushed his index into Luffy's body multiple times. However, none of Errol's jabs managed to pierce Luffy's body, but instead stretched his skin back. Errol wasn't concerned, but was actually amused. Deciding to not waste anymore time, he quickly grabbed Luffy by the collar and pushed him away.
"Hmm... I should've figured that my attacks would ineffective against you, considering you were stretching your arms and legs out.," Errol mumbled.
"That's right! I'm made of rubber, so that attack won't work on me!" Luffy stated.
"Well I have plenty of abilities that can bypass your bodies composition... but I didn't come here for a full on fight. I just came here to test your metal for myself," Errol said.
"Huh...!? What are you talking about!?" Luffy asked. Errol simply ignored the question, and carried on with what he was saying.
"And unfortunately, I am rather unimpressed. Not because I think your weak, but because of your carelessness when attacking. You need to be on your guard when facing users of the Six Powers, especially when they happen to be CP9 agents. Six Powers users are very fast and agile, so one wrong move like that and you're a goner. Actually, you should be a goner, but you only managed to survive my attack because of your body's unique properties," Errol whispered.
"Wait... you're not going to fight me?" Luffy asked.
"Look, I don't mean to brag, but I'm the strongest agent in CP9. If I actually gave you a full-on fight right now, I could keep you at this spot for as long as I wanted to. Obviously, you don't have time for that, though," Errol said.
"So you're actually here to help me? Why?" Luffy asked.
"Well... I was hoping that you and your ship of fools would give me a chance to leave this job without being branded as a criminal," Errol said.
"What're you talking about?" Luffy asked.
"See, if you guys ruff up those agents and save Robin, then everyone will get fired, including me. But... I'm not sure if you guys will pull it off, especially if your crew will be the only ones coming here," Errol explained.
"Oh, there's a lot more guys coming! There's a bunch of people from Galley-La coming here, and people from Franky's gang, too!" Luffy explained.
"Hmm... I don't know how you got those two groups to come with you, let alone work together... but with their combined might, they might have a shot at holding off all the guards. However, they'll have no chance of defeating any of the agents," Errol said.
"Don't worry about that! My crew will deal with the agents personally!" Luffy declared.
"I don't know how strong your friends are, so I don't know if they'll win or not. If you want, I can give some dirt on the agents. I'll spoil there specific fighting style and their overall strengths and weaknesses in combat," Errol offered.
"Um… no thanks! I think I'll be fine! Thanks for the offer, though!" Luffy said. Errol then began twitching his face at the sight of seeing someone reject what Errol thought was a golden ticket to victory.
"Uh... really…?" Errol mumbled.
"Yup! My friends and I are pretty strong, I think we'll manage!" Luffy reassured. Errol then regained his composure.
"Well, it's your loss. Don't come crying for my help in the future. If I'm seen helping you guys, I'll be branded as a criminal. I don't want Marines and bounty hunters chasing my ass for the rest of my life," Errol said.
"Shishishi! Fair enough! I'd stick around and talk to you longer, but I'm in a hurry! See ya around!" Luffy said with a cheerful smile. He then hopped down from the building and ran off.
"Hopefully not… damn bumpkin," Errol insulted.
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"Hey guys, what's going on?" Errol asked as he walked up towards Jabra, Fukurou, and Kumadori. The three of them were standing just outside of Lucci's room in the Tower of Justice, poking through the door.
"Chapapa! Kaku and Kalifa are about to eat Devil Fruits that Spandam gave them!" Fukurou explained. Errol then poked his head through the as well door and found Lucci, Kaku, and Kalifa sitting around a small table in the middle of the room. On the small table were two plates that had Devil Fruits sitting on them and silverware sitting next to the plates.
"Why would you want to eat a Devil Fruit using silverware? Bleh!" Errol said. Errol then noticed that Blueno was nowhere to be found. "Uh… where's Blueno at?"
"Well, you were taking too long, so Blueno decided to head out on his own. He probably just got to the courthouse now, waiting for Straw Hat," Jabra explained.
"Yeah… I was actually going to tell Spandam that I had lost track of Straw Hat..." Errol lied.
"Say it ain't so! Would you like me to help you commit suicide so you don't have to live with your failure!? Yoyoi!" Kumadori offered.
"Er… thanks, but no," Errol said.
"Don't worry! Spandam knew that you'd lose track of him anyway! Chapapapa!" Fukurou added.
"That makes me feel so much better, Fukurou…" Errol replied in a sarcastic tone.
"Kaku! Kalifa! Don't do it! This won't turn out well! It tastes like poop! Like poop!" Jabra yelled, panicking that Kaku and Kalifa were holding their fruits ready to eat them.
"Jabra doesn't want you to get stronger, Kaku. Chapapa!" Fukurou explained.
"Envy and jealousy stains a mans name. Yoyoi!" Kumadori said.
"I can already guess the types of fruit they'll get. Kaku will get a Zoan, and Kalifa will get a Paramecia," Errol laughed.
"Shut up! Think about it, you two... you could sell 'em for hundreds of millions! One bite could plague you for life!" Jabra warned. Errol then placed a hand on Jabra's shoulder.
"Just give it up already. You know they're going to eat those fruits," Errol said.
"Hm… it could be fun," Kaku said, then began eating his Devil Fruit.
"If it's a good power, I welcome it," Kalifa said, then began eating her fruit.
"Gyaaah! They ate it! Damn it!" Jabra whined. Kaku and Kalifa made disgusted faces as they continued eating their fruits, with Kalifa nearly throwing up the bits that she was chewing. As the two were nearly finished eating, Errol and others rushed into the room.
"What happen!?" Fukurou asked.
"Yoyoi! Has your body... changed!?" Kumadori asked. Kaku and Kalifa finally finished their fruits, and the both slouched down on the couch with a sigh of relief.
"Yuck!" Kaku groaned.
"It tastes awful…!" Kalifa moaned.
"You two are idiots. It only takes one bite out of a Devil Fruit to gain its effects," Errol explained.
"Wish you would've told us that earlier…!" Kaku grumbled.
"Hey! Try doing something! What kind of power did you get?" Jabra asked.
"Huff… huff… I don't feel like anything has changed…" Kalifa said.
"You'll realize the enormity of the transformation soon. New powers have been born. I'm looking forward to this. Identify your powers as soon as you can! Depending on the chief's orders, you may soon be able to try them in the battle. Blueno… couldn't wait around, so he went ahead to the festival. Speaking of which…" Lucci started, then turned to Errol, "did you really lose track of Straw Hat? I find it hard to believe..."
"Well I found him, but the little bugger didn't even try to fight me. Instead, he ran off into the hordes of Marines like a suicidal madman where I couldn't track him," Errol lied.
"Hmm… you should learn how to make up stories on the spot. That skill might save your life in the field one day," Lucci said. He then stood up and walked out of the room without saying a word.
After Lucci shut the door, worries of being found out about letting Luffy go began racing in Errol's mind. Despite Lucci and Errol being equal in strength and considered as the two strongest agents in the group, it was Lucci who had more experience being an agent. While Spandam had considered Errol to be his golden agent for some time, it was Lucci who the other agents considered the de facto leader of the group. If anyone could convince the others that Errol was trying to become a deserter, it was Lucci. If the others believed that Errol would become a traitor, even Spandam himself could possibly be swayed into believing.
"Yeah… I think you are lying…!" Jabra growled as he stomped over to Errol. Suddenly, all of Errol's fears seemed to have been coming true. Instead of planning on what to do next like normal, he decided to go with the flow, not wanting to arouse any more possible suspicion.
"Why would I lie?" Errol blurted out. Jabra firmly grasped Errol's shoulder, which caused a frightful chill to run down Errol's spine.
"Why...!? Because you don't want to admit that you failed like a beginner! Gyahahahahaha!" Jabra laughed uncontrollably. Errol felt a huge wave of relief flow inside his body, now being able to put down his mental and physical defenses. All he needed to do was act annoyed like usual and leave the scene as fast as possible.
"Haha, very funny... I'm going to my room," Errol grumbled as he walked out of the room.
O - O - O - O - O
Hearing loud ruckus originating from Spandam's office, the agents decided to head there to see what was going on. When they arrived, they found large amounts of dust and debris covering the entire room. There was also a giant hole in the wall, and the large net that surrounded the Tower of Justice was completely torn down. Robin was standing behind the ledge that the net was connected to, looking down at the courthouse. Franky stood just behind Robin in the middle, yelling at her.
"Wahahahahahahaha! What's with these guys!? Wahahaha!" Spandam laughed as he danced and clapped in place.
"What's wrong with you!? The crew risked their lives their lives to come here!" Franky exclaimed.
"That was their decision," Robin coldly responded.
"You might want to move aside. Rectangle nose behind me is being a bit of a grumpy pants right now," Errol commented as he walked past Franky.
"What!? Quit fooling around!" Franky yelled. Kaku then walked behind Franky and immediately kicked him off to the side.
"You're in my way," Kaku stated as he walked up to the ledge.
"Gyahahahahaha! Hey, Kaku! Are you that upset!? Eh!? Because you ate that weird fruit!?" Jabra taunted as he walked up to the ledge.
"Just shut up. I like it!" Kaku claimed. The rest of the agents gathered on top of the ledge, while Robin stayed behind it. Down below was the courthouse, where Luffy stood alone on one of the ramparts.
"Wahaha! All right. All of CP9 is now gathered here. But let's just wait a bit… the Straw Hat gang is fighting amongst themselves! Let's see how this turns out! Wahahaha! This is so much fun!" Spandam cheered.
"Oh, the enemy is just that Straw Hat?" Kalifa asked.
"Hey, hey! It's impressive that one of them made it this far," Kumadori commented.
"It's true. Blueno got thrashed. Gyahaha! The fool!" Jabra commented.
"I guess running a bar for five years will dull anyone's skills..." Lucci said.
"Still, how could he lose?" Kaku asked.
"Well, he did lose! Chapapa!" Fukurou said.
"I think you guys are just underestimating Luffy," Errol commented.
"Thank you for not killing him…!" Robin quietly mumbled, who was standing to the left of Errol. Errol didn't give Robin a verbal response, but instead gave her a quick glance without turning his head.
"You want to die!?" Luffy called out.
"That's right!" Robin responded.
"Say, chief... if we just go ahead and wipe him out now, wouldn't it be over!?" Jabra asked.
"Hold on a minute… the captain travels all this way in order to rescue his crew member, and she utterly rejects him. Have you ever seen anything funnier than this!?" Spandam asked.
"The faces of people when I claimed my name was Long Dick whenever I visited Water 7. That shit's way funnier than this," Errol spoke up.
"That's one of the oldest jokes in the book…" Spandam mumbled.
"Robin! You want to die!?" Luffy asked again.
"Wahahahaha…! Listen to him! That desperate cry! I wish I could see his face!" Spandam exclaimed.
"What the hell are you talking about!?" Luffy yelled while picking his nose. From witnessing the disgusting act that Luffy was doing, Spandam's entire body shrieked.
"Huh!? He's picking his nose!" Spandam yelled.
"Hey, Robin! We're already here... all of us!" Luffy called out.
Suddenly, an explosion occurred right behind Luffy, blowing out the rooftop, and three people flew out. One of them was a jury man that worked in the courthouse, but there were two others who Errol didn't recognize. The first one was a slim woman with neck-length orange hair. She wore a blue denim jacket, a brown blouse with cream-colored liners, a pale blue, pleated mini-skirt, and black high-heeled gladiator sandals. Another one was an extremely buff and lathe yeti-like creature, had a blue nose, and brown fur covered his entire body. He wore a maroon top hat with a sideways medical cross on it, a blue backpack with a sideways medical cross on it, and maroon shorts. The woman landed gracefully on the rooftop, whereas the creature fell on its back.
"Landed," the young woman said.
"Aigh!" the creature yelped.
"So anyway, we're gonna rescue you! And… if you still wanna die, then... do it later!" Luffy called out. Right afterwards, a man was seen crawling out of the hole that the explosion created. He was muscular, had cropped green hair, and carried three swords. He wore an unzipped, bright yellow jacket, a white shirt, trousers tucked inside black boots, and a green haramaki.
"I should've started climbing like this... to begin with!" the man said.
"That was you, Zoro!? You're lucky we were out of the way! If we had taken a direct hit, we'd be dead by now!" the young woman complained.
"Huh? Nami? What happened to you guys," Zoro asked, not putting what Nami said into his mind. Before anyone else could say something, another explosion occurred at the back of the rooftop, and a slim and muscular, long-legged man jumped out. He had blonde hair which was brushed over the left side, and was smoking a cigarette. He wore a black suit with golden buttons on it, a long-sleeved blue shirt under his suit, a dark blue tie, black pants, and black shoes.
"Boar Soup Boot!" the blonde man shouted as he flew out the whole he had created with a sidekick. He then gracefully landed on the rooftop. "Undoubtedly, I'm the first to arrive. All right, Robin. Sorry to keep you waiting, but I've come to rescue you now." He then noticed Zoro on the rooftop, and for some reason lost his temper. "Moss! Moss head! What're you doing here!?"
"Hey... you're late. What happened? Get lost?" Zoro taunted.
"Arrrrrrgh! How dare you!?" the blonde man fired back. While the two of them were arguing, a slim man with a long nose was seen flying in the air. He wore a gold colored sun-like mask, brown overalls, a white sash, a blue and white striped armband on his left arm, a red cape, bandages on his nose, neck, arms, and hands, and brown boots.
"Oh! Sniper King!" the creature called out.
"Huh. He's flying in the air," Nami pointed out.
"Where was he, and what is he doing?" the blonde man wondered.
"Can he land safely?" Zoro mumbled to himself. Zoro's question would be answered, as Sniper King crash landed on the rooftop.
"Sniper King!" the creature yelled. He then ran over to Sniper King and helped him get on his feet.
"More and more keep showing up…" Kaku mumbled.
"What the hell are we even witnessing right now…?" Errol mumbled. All five pirates who showed up on the rooftop marched forward, and stepped on ramparts next to Luffy.
"I'm begging you, Robin! If you wanna die, or whatever... you can say whatever you want! But if you have to say it, say it to our faces!" Luffy called out.
"He's right, Robin!" the blonde man called out.
"Robin, come back!" the creature called out.
"Just leave the rest to us!" Luffy declared.
"They overcame the Aqua Laguna and made it all the way here. Pretty amazing when you think about it," Kalifa pointed out.
"Luck seems to be on their side," Jabra commented.
"This time, we have license to kill," Lucci stated.
"It's so much easier when we don't have to hold back," Kaku said.
"There are so many pirates!" Spandam screamed, his eyes bulging and sweat dropping.
"Relax… it's only six pirates. We can take them," Errol said. Errol's words helped Spandam calm down, but Spandam's mental state wasn't what was on his mind. Will these pirates really be my golden ticket out of here…?
"Sigh, thanks for the reassurance. Sometimes I forget that I'm surrounded by super humans," Spandam said. Franky was looking at Robin, and and opened his mouth. Errol noticed this, and stopped him from talking by side kicking him in the head, sending him flying off the side.
"Sorry, Flam. Can't can't have you talking now. Spandam is about to start another one of his long speeches," Errol said.
"Thank you, Errol! How ever so kind of you!" Spandam said. He then gave the other agents his attention, and addressed them. "CP9! Listen up guys, I'm giving you the order to kill them, but do it in the Tower of Justice, since there's no guarantee they can even get up here!"
"Wait, aren't we just in the upper floor of the Tower of Justice? Why would say it like we aren't already in it… nevermind, I'm just over complicating things for myself," Errol mumbled to himself.
"Wahahahahahaha! You stupid pirates! When will you learn that nothing you can do will change things!? Cower before the power of the assassin group CP9! Bow under the weight of the Gates of Justice which mere humans cannot open!" Spandam proclaimed. Before going on with his speech any further, he pulled out a Golden Transponder Snail out of his pocket. "And moreover, I now have the authority to use this Golden Transponder Snail... to make a Buster Call!"
"A Buster Call…!" Robin mumbled to herself. Errol noticed that Robin's stern and unyielding look now became a look of worry, uncertainty, trauma, and fear. Unfortunately, Spandam noticed this change in Robin's demeanor as well, and decided to taunt her about it personally.
"Yes, just twenty years ago… this was the power that wiped out your homeland, Nico Robin! And the name Ohara disappeared from maps the following year... isn't that right?" Spandam taunted.
"Stop! Not that!" Robin warned.
"Whee! I love that reaction. What a thrill it gives me. What!? Does that mean that I should press this switch to activate the Buster Call? Huh? Hey!" Spandam taunted.
"Do you realize... what will happen if you press that that!?" Robin yelled.
"Of course I do! With just one press of this button on the Golden Transponder snail... i'll reduce the chance that these pirates can escape the island to nil! Does it bring back memories!? Wahahahahaha!" Spandam taunted.
"It wont end that easily! Just stop!" Robin pleaded. Spandam grew increasingly irritated at what he thought was pathetic attempts of mocking his intelligence.
"Hmm? You're pretty cocky, aren't you?" Spandam asked
"You said That Ohara disappeared from the maps, right!? Can you confirm the existence of people on maps? You people only see the work through such devices... that's why you can do such heinous things!" Robin exclaimed. She then slumped down on her knees and spoke again with a defeated tone. "The ruthless power of the Buster Call takes away even your own purpose! That is the one thing you must not use. If you sound the Buster Call right here and now... not only Enies Lobby... but all of you will be blown away too!"
"That's silly! As if they'd attack and kill their own comrades! What are you saying!?" Spandam asked.
"Twenty years ago, everyone I loved was taken away from me... and countless lives were turned upside down… and the one attack responsible for that... was the Buster Call!" Robin said, then turned towards the Straw Hats. "That attack is now aimed directly at you... my friends whom I found at long last... the more I wish to stay with you all... the greater your risk from the fangs of my destiny! No matter how far across the sea I sail… an unshakable foe continues to pursue me! That photo is simply the world… and it's darkness. First with Blue Pheasant, and now this time! I've already involved you twice! If this is to continue forever, no matter how kind and compassionate you people are… someday it will become too much of a burden! Someday you'll betray me and cast me aside! That's my greatest fear… that's why I didn't want you to come to rescue me! If I am going to die someday anyway… I want to die here!"
"Wahahaha! I understand. That makes perfect sense! You're absolutely right! Having you tagging along... no one would not consider that a nuisance! Wahahaha!" Spandam cried out. He then pointed up towards the World Government flag that flew on top of the Tower of Justice, and continued. "Look at that symbol, pirates! It represents the unity of more than 170 nations... allied across the four seas and the Grand Line…! It represents the world! Do you realize how frivolous your resistance is!? Do you understand the sheer power of an organization that is after one woman!?"
"I totally get who Robin's enemy is!" Luffy stated, then turned to Sniper King. "Sniper King…"
"Uh-huh," Sniper King mumbled.
"Shoot down that flag!" Luffy stated.
"Roger!" Sniper King responded. He then pulled a giant green slingshot, placed some sort of ammunition in it, and stretched back the rubber. "My new weapon, a Giant Pachinko shooter... I call it Kabuto! Witness its! Certain Kill Fire Bird Star!" Sniper King fired off his slingshot, and a massive flame in the form of a phoenix flew straight at the World Government Flag, burning it completely to a crisp.
"Now way..." Robin muttered.
"Well fuck me…" Errol mumbled. Both Errol and Robin realized that by burning that single flag, the Straw Hat Pirates had officially declared war on the World Government.
"Ahh! Argh! Are you crazy!? You really think that you can survive now that the entire world's your enemy!?" Spandam screamed in anger and shock from the burning of his beloved flag.
"Bring it on! Robin! I still haven't heard it from your lips! Say that you want to live!" Luffy shouted at the top of his lungs.
A thousand memories began to flood through Robin. Memories of the great many people that told her that her existence was a crime. Memories of the very few that told her to have hope that she would one day find people that she could truly call a friend. The most impactful memories, though, were that of her friends. From the good times she had with them, to when they showcased each of their remarkable traits. All of these memories replayed in her head over and over, until she finally reached her boiling point. Now being fully convinced that her friends would never abandon her no matter what, could truly admit to herself what she really wanted.
Live…? I didn't think I could wish for that… no one... ever allowed to wish. If It's really okay to make a little wish… Robin thought, then took a huge breath in, and cried out at the top of her lungs, louder and she had been spoken before in her entire life, "I want to live! Take me to the sea with you!"
"Good job Spandam, now you'll have to deal with Robin trying to escape while you escort her to the Gates of Justice. You just made life a lot harder for yourself," Errol commented.
"Shut up, Errol!" Spandam yelled.
"Woooooh, I Love you guys, damn it!" Franky cheered as he wiped tears from his eye. A draw bridge that connected the courthouse with the Tower of Justice then began to lower, and each of the Straw Hats began to prepare for their upcoming battles.
"Ahhh! Don't come up here! Errol! Get over there and kill them all, now!" Spandam panicked.
The Straw Hats had heard Spandam loud and clear, and everyone save for Luffy responded by turning their attention towards Errol, ready for the moment he jumps over to the courthouse and attacks. Luffy, however, simply gave him the look that he gave to a crew mate when handing out a direct order. Errol said that he wouldn't fight in any capacity, and Luffy expected him to keep his word. Robin gave Errol a frightened face, worried that Errol may decide to attack her friends, and scared that one of them may perish at this moment. Fortunately, Errol was not planning on attacking them. Instead, he decided to come up with a good excuse for not attacking them, and he knew exactly what to say.
"Spandam, I'll follow your order if you wish, but I suggest that you stick with what you originally told us to do: fighting them on the lower floors of the Towers of Justice. It's clear that I myself can't take all of them on at once. Having the others with me also wouldn't be a good idea, as that rooftop is too small for us to utilize our strength and powers properly if we're all fighting there at the same time," Errol said. Spandam took a moment to think, and ultimately agreed with Errol.
"Good point, Errol! Fine, you'll have it your way!" Spandam said. The Straw Hats heard this, and lowered their defenses.
"Heheh… such bravery," Kalifa commented.
"Gyahahaha! So they don't fear the government flag!" Jabra said.
"It's useless. No one can beat us," Kaku boasted.
"Alright, I've seen enough," Errol said as he hopped down from the ledge and began walking away.
"Hey! Where are you going!? Get back here! That's an order!" Spandam barked.
"Don't worry, I'm just going to prepare for my fight. If you want someone to protect you, Lucci should more than suffice," Errol said as he headed off.
"I don't care, get ba-" Spandam started, but then he heard a loud explosion occur on the lower left of the drawbridge, catching his attention.