Chapter 1 A New Adventure!
It was just another beautiful sunny, summer morning while sailing over the ocean near the Grand Line. The ocean sparkled, as a soft mist loomed over the water. Soft waves gently splashed against the ship as it sailed forward into Grand Line territory.
The pirate captain, Monkey D. Luffy, of the Straw Hat Crew, was the first to awaken. Seeing no one else was awake he decided just to watch the waters and not yell and wake everyone up as he usually did.
Luffy walked to the deck of the ship and rested his crossed arms against the starboard side of it. A very light breeze blew against him making him rub his arms a little chilled by it's sudden presence. Luffy gazed over the water watching as some creatures of the sea emerged for a short moment then returned to their home under the surface. He loved the ocean, he loved its beautiful waters and the mist over it in the morning or the fog that loomed over it at night or in the morning, whenever it would appear.
Now and then he wished for his ability to swim so he could explore the ocean even more. But sadly the Gum Gum fruit had taken that from him and also placed a small fear of the water in him. But sailing on the water was good enough for him, besides he had lots of things to be happy about. He had an awesome crew who were also all his closest friends and at least he was fulfilling his dream, and he would soon become King of the Pirates! But even with all that, something seemed to be missing, he found himself wanting something else, something more than he already had. But what more was there than this? He wasn't sure, and sometimes he didn't care, but the feeling always came back to him and he hated it. It frustrated him that he couldn't figure out what else he wanted. But he couldn't get rid of the feeling he wanted something. Something else. Something different. Something... Just something...
Luffy set his straw hat down on the floor next to his feet so it wouldn't blow away.
He shook his face in the wind just enjoying it's coolness as it blew his hair back.
Unknown to him, Nami, the Straw Hat Crews Navigator, had just woken up and had just walked out onto the deck. She saw him there, and hid behind a beam and just watched him.
He had such a serious look on his face, Nami didn't see this side of him much, unless he was fighting and even then sometimes he didn't take those situations seriously. She liked this side of her captain, he looked mature for once, how he should be! But even so she still had this side of her that wouldn't have her captain's, simple minded, fun loving, childish personality, any other way. But hey, in her oppinion, he could still grow up!
Then she noticed for the first time since she had come out that Luffy wasn't wearing his straw hat. She liked this also. Yes, she understood how important that thing was to him, well sort of, he hadn't exactly explained it to her but she could tell it was important to him. But without the hat, he didn't look so dorky and childish, he looked more like a man, and even kind of cute!.
She continued to watch him, not understanding why she wanted to, or why she was hiding so she could do so. She just wanted to, and for awhile she didn't care why she did.
Luffy continued not to notice her, he was too intrigued with the ocean in front of him.
Nami moved forward a little, making the boat floor creak a little getting Luffy's attention. Luffy glanced back to see who was there.
Nami quickly hid behind the beam. When Luffy didn't see anything he just shrugged and turned back to the ocean.
She peaked out of the side of the beam. I wonder what he's thinking about... Luffy felt her watching and glanced back catching her. She squeaked when she realized she had been caught.
"Oh hi, Nami!" he said, "I didn't see you there."
She didn't say anything. She suddenly felt shy. He felt her emotion and thought it was funny.
He laughed, then grinned, "What's the matter, Nami?"
She tried to play cool, not even understanding why she wanted to "play" anything, "Nothing, I'm just waking up, that's all."
He looked back at the ocean.
Nami came and stood beside him.
"It sure is beautiful." she observed.
He smiled, "Yeah, I love it!"
"So, soon we'll reach the Grand Line, and then you'll become King of the Pirates."
Luffy laughed with a funny sound affect following it, "Yup!"
"So, what will you do after you become King of the Pirates?" Nami asked.
Luffy shrugged, "I guess I'll just continue being a pirate, I mean that's what I'm supposed to do. Right?"
"Is that all?" she asked.
He shrugged, then grinned, "Doesn't matter as long as I have you."
Nami's face turned beat red, she stepped back a little shocked, "W-what?"
He looked at her confused not realizing what he said, until he thought it over.
"You guys!" he added quickly, realizing his mistake, "I meant you guys, you are all my crew and my friends after all."
"Oh." she sighed sounding disappointed.
Nami looked down and sighed.
"What's the matter?" he asked bending his head down so he would be looking up at her.
"Nothing," she answered quietly.
Luffy grabbed his straw hat and placed it on his head, covering his eyes. A big smile spread out on his face.
"Wha'd ya think I meant, Nami?"
Nami was about to reply when the sound of thunder caught both of their attention. They both looked up into the sky as a cloud shadowed over their ship.
Nami ground her teeth, "This isn't good."
"Yeah, tell me about it, night's coming faster every day!"
Nami gave him a good smack across the back of his head.
"It's not night time! There's a storm coming you idiot!"
He waved his hand, "It's probably just a passing cloud, I'm sure it will-"
Before he could finish lightning flashed across the sky and it started to rain. Pretty soon after waves started to splash fiercely against the ship.
Another huge wave crashed against the ship's side making the two pirates fall over.
Luffy scurried to his feet, "All hands on deck!" he shouted
Every one from the Straw Hat Crew rushed to deck of the ship.
"What's the problem, Captain?" Sanji, the first one to appear, asked.
"A storm!" Nami answered.
"Raise the sails!" Captain Luffy ordered.
Everyone rushed to their positions trying to make sure they would make it through the storm safely.
Usopp, who was still in his pajamas, just stood there, holding his teddy bear, while everyone worked. He was still half asleep and had no idea what was going on.
"WELL! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!" Luffy screamed in his ear startling him awake.
"I'm up! I'm up! I'll lower the anker!"
Usopp rushed over to do so.
Luffy blinked then realized what his ship mate was going to do.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Luffy screamed hurrying over to stop him.
But it was too late.
Everyone was knocked over by the sudden force of the stop and the sails lowered again.
Zoro, who had been trying to raise the sail, had been thrown across the ship and crashed into a wall
Zoro quickly ran over, "Usopp, you idiot!" he growled punching Usopp's back making him fall over.
Usopp stood, finally fully awake, "What happened?"
"Doesn't matter." Robin answered him who was at the front of the ship.
Sanji looked to see what she meant, "WE'RE GOING TO RUN INTO A ROCK!"
Luffy quickly stretched his arm out trying to grab the helm so they could turn. But even the rubber man wasn't quick enough, and the ship smashed into the rock.
The impact sent Nami flying over board.
Luffy heard her.
Luffy stretched his arm out grabbing her hand just in time.
He made his way over to her and was just about to pull her up when, BAM! the ship took another blow.
BAM! another, BAM! and another.
Luffy looked to see what the trouble was. Usopp and Sanji were franticly fighting over the helm and turning it back and forth, making them crash into the rock again, and again.
"KNOCK IT OFF GUYS!" Luffy yelled at them, "YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ME DROP NAMI!"
Once more they crashed into it, and this time it sent Luffy over the edge, luckily he grabbed the railing of the ship before he fell into the water.
The ship tottered back and forth in the waves totally out of control.
Luffy looked down at the waves that threatened to swallow them, he knew he couldn't swim so the fear of falling over was even worse than it could have been.
Sweat dripped off his face, as every crashing wave made him more nervous.
"Hoist anker, you morons!" Luffy heard Zoro yell.
Luffy's palms were starting to get sweaty, making it even more difficult for him to hold on. Another sweat drop dripped off his face.
"Don't let go!" cried Nami's voice.
He looked down at her. Her face was totally stricken with fear, she was crying, and sweating and just pleading for him not to let her go.
He tightened his grip, "I won't! I promise!"
A wave smashed against Nami making her head bang against the side of the ship knocking her out.
"Nami!" Luffy cried.
If they fell now they would be entirely at the mercy of the sea.
A huge waved swallowed Nami up and Luffy went with her.
When they fell into the water another waved took them under.
Luffy desperately tried to make it above the water, but his efforts were useless. He couldn't swim and there's nothing he could do to save himself. Every now and then, a wave would push him back up and he would frequently get a breath of air, but it wasn't enough.
So there they were, sinking, sinking, sinking. But even though they sank and hard waves tried to tare them apart he never let go.
Since he couldn't save eather one of them, he just kept his promise. And he just thought in his mind. I'll never let go.. Never...
The two pirates lay blacked out against the shores they had been thrown upon. Their hands still holding each others.
Luffy eyes opened slowly. His eyes opened to dark sky with small white lights in it. Night.. He closed his eyes again, What I wouldn't give for some meat. For a moment he forgot about the storm, but then it dawned on him. He was alive! But how could this be? How did he survive?
Then something interrupted his thoughts, a light squeeze of his hand. Luffy looked to the right of him, it was Nami! She was alive too! She was battered up pretty bad, though. The whole bottom of her shirt had been shredded to pieces and she had scratches and bruises all over her body. Must of hit some rocks. he thought.
Luffy sat up, when he did a huge shot of pain pulsed through his body and he discovered he wasn't in such great shape either. His whole front was covered in blood!
"Got to get a doctor..." he said to himself.
Luffy let go of Nami's hand, picked her up and started walking.
There was no signs of life ahead. Just a forest. He walked in it for hours, just trying to get through. No one, nothing. All the trees looked the same and confused him, so he just kept going around in circles.
Luffy had lost alot of blood now and was still bleeding, he wouldn't make it much longer.
Finally he reached the breaking point and collapsed.
Someone walked in front of him.
The Straw Hat Crew was extending a desperate search for their captain and their Navigator. But the whole situation was worse since they had lost their two most important pirates. Without Nami they didn't even know where they were going, or could go.
"I think I should be the new Captain until we get Luffy back!" Usopp suggested.
"What makes you think you should be the new captain?" Sanji argued, "Most of the time you don't even know what's going on, and if it wasn't for you we wouldn't have lost Luffy and Nami in the first place!"
They butted heads.
"Knock it off you two!" Zoro ordered, "At the rate you two are going we'll never find Luffy!"
"Our best bet is to go where the storm carried them." Robin said.
"Which way was that?" Zoro asked.
"I'm not sure." Robin admitted.
"I think we should point in a direction and that's the way we should go!" Chopper said.
"Good idea, Chopper!" Usopp agreed.
"Ok, on the count of three we'll point. One, two, three!"
Zoro pointed North, Robin pointed South, Sanji pointed East, Chopper pointed West and Usopp pointed Up.
Zoro smacked his forehead, "This might take longer than I thought."
"Ooooooh..."Luffy groaned finally starting to wake up. He sat up, "Ow!" He still ached.
"So you're finally awake." a voice said.
Luffy looked, there was something in the shadows. A form of an old women in a rocking chair.
"Hehehehehehehehe." she cackled, "You're lucky I found you in the woods. If I had come any later you would have been a real goner, boy."
Luffy looked around. His surroundings were definitely new. He was in a dark room, with only a small candle to light it. Shelves upon shelves of potions and herbs were on every inch of the room. Some bubbled, some didn't.
"You are a real fool to go swimming in water like that, boy, don't you know you and that girl could have been killed out there?"
Luffy jumped to his feet.
"Where's Nami! What did you do with her! Is she ok!"
"LIE DOWN!" she commanded him kicking him in the face and back onto the bed, "You're going to split something open then all my hard work will be for nothing!"
When the old ladies face was in the light Luffy got to see that she was the ugliest women he had ever seen.
"Uh, ok sorry."
"The girl's in the next room. She's just fine. But she won't be if she finds out her lover bled to death!"
"Yeah bu-" Luffy blinked, "What did you just call me?"
"Her lover of course. Why else would you two be lying on the beach holding hands."
"You saw us lying on the beach? Why didn't you come and help us!"
"I wanted to see how far you two would get," she cackled again, "Not very far I see."
This lady is weird.. "Where am I?" Luffy asked.
"This is "Dead Town" the old lady answered.
"Dead Town? That's a strange name."
"Not when everyone here, except me, is dead."
"A long time ago this used to be a normal town like any other, but one day people just started dying until everyone was gone. Not even I could treat their strange illness. So slowly the people just died off until only I was left."
"Why didn't you catch the illness?"
"I have a very strong immune system, besides I'm too beautiful to die." she laughed, "But this will all change tonight, at the stroke of midnight tonight," she cackled, "DOOM!"
Luffy didn't say anything.
"So, what's a farm boy like you doing in a place like this?"
"Farm boy!" Luffy snorted insulted, "I'm a pirate!"
"Is that so? Then why do you have straw in your hair?"
Luffy started feeling his head.
"Straw in my hair? It's from my straw ha-" there was nothing there! Luffy jumped to his feet again,slapping his hands against his face, "AHHHH! MY STRAW HAT IS GONE!"
The old lady kicked him in the face again.
"Stop standing! You're going to rip something!"
"I have to find my straw hat!"
"It was probably lost at sea. There's no point in squawking over it now."
Luffy growled, "Damn it!" he said punching the bed.
The bed totally collapsed and fell to pieces.
The old ladies eyes popped out and her jaw dropped.
Luffy froze, "Oops.."
She kicked him again, "YOU BROKE MY BED, YOU WELP! GET YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND GET OUT OF HERE!"
Luffy ran to the next room, picked Nami up, and got the heck out of there! When he got outside he looked back at the house.
"Man, what a grump!"
He looked down at Nami. She looked so cute when she was sleeping.
Luffy smiled and walked on.
I love how my first Chapter turned out! Hehe!