Hello, people! This is my first "One Piece" fan fiction, so I hope that you'll take it easy on me. I don't have much experience with the characters, so I'm sorry about that. The only things I own are the name of the island, Erika, and any other original characters that I throw in there. Everything else belongs to...someone other than me. Oh, and I based Erika'slooks and personality off the Phantom of the Opera (Erik) who I don'town either. : )

Anyways, here's the first chapter.

"Hey, guys!" Usopp shouted from the crow's nest. "I think I see an island up ahead!" Luffy quickly climbed up to the crow's nest to join him. He cheered when he saw it, too.

"What island is it?" he asked Usopp.

"I don't know!" he responded. "I just said that I saw it!" Nami joined them up there and had a look.

"It's Mutao Island," she said. "I've never been there, but I've heard a little about it. It's supposed to be swarming with fugitives and pirates. It's not a very nice place."

"We could get more people to join our crew!" Luffy declared, grinning widely. "We might find that musician that we've been hoping to find!"

"Correction: the musician that you've been hoping to find," Nami said. She let out a small sigh. "I'll go wake Zolo and Sanji up." She climbed back down to the deck.

"I say we should just skip this dangerous island and find a much nicer one!" Usopp suggested, looking scared. Luffy laughed.

"I can't wait until we get there!" he said. "There're sure to be lots of cool pirates that we could get to join our crew!" He left the very scared-looking Usopp and went down to the deck. Nami, Zolo, and Sanji were waiting for him.

"Nami told us that we're heading to Mutao Island," Zolo said.

"Uh huh," Luffy said, grinning. "We're going to find a musician!"

"Maybe," Nami said. "I wouldn't count on it, though."

"We'll just have to wait and see," Sanji said, lighting up a cigarette. "I could use some background music while I cook. Makes for a better atmosphere."

"Well, we'll be there in half an hour," Nami said. "We need to get ready."

Thirty minutes later, they had reached the shore. They dropped their anchor and walked out onto the beach. They could see a small town a short distance away, and they went there first.

"Hey, look!" a person shouted a soon as the Straw Hat Pirates had entered the town. "Newbies!" A gang of tough-looking pirates stepped out from the dark alleys between the houses and blocked their way.

"You need to pay a fine to get into this town," the leader of the group said, grinning evilly. "Either that or we have to rough you up." A few of the pirates in the group cracked their knuckles menacingly. Zolo stepped forward and drew one of his swords.

"I'd suggest that you let us get by," he said threateningly. The lead pirate didn't even flinch.

"You're Roronoa Zolo, right?" he asked. "You're that pirate hunter from the East Blue."

"Yes," Zolo responded. "So stand aside." The man didn't budge.

"I've been looking for a good challenge," he said. "What do you say to a duel?" Zolo grinned.

"You're on," Zolo said, drawing his other two swords and clenching the hilt of one of them between his teeth. "And if I win, you let us pass without paying the fine." The man nodded.

"Deal," he said. He drew a katana and lunged at Zolo, who parried the attack with ease. Before the man could even blink, Zolo had knocked the katana aside and made a deep gash in the man's chest. The man cried out in pain and dropped his sword. Zolo went to finish him off, but several of the watching pirates stepped in the way and blocked Zolo's attack.

"That wasn't a fair battle!" the one in the middle yelled.

"Hey, he's the one who challenged me!" Zolo said indignantly. "And I just won!"

"We aren't going to let you pass," another declared. "You have to fight all of us!"

"Stop playing your games, you fools!" a feminine voice called out from behind the crowd. They spun around to see a tall, thin girl dressing in a black cloak with long black hair and a white mask covering her entire face standing there. Two amber eyes glared out from behind the mask, causing fear to run through the crowd of pirates.

"It's Erika!" one of them cried and they all scampered like children who were afraid of being punished.

"That's right! Run like the cowards you are!" she yelled after them. She looked to Zolo and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates. "I apologize for whatever inconvenience they may have caused you. They have been terrorizing this town for the past few months. I seem to be the only one that they are truly afraid of."

"Why is that?" Zolo asked. This girl didn't look all that dangerous to him. She grinned beneath her mask.

"Because I can kill them all if I wanted to," she said simply. "It would take little to no effort on my part to do so."

"Then why do you let them scare the town?" Luffy asked, looking confused.

"They work for someone who I dare not mess with," she replied. "He is the ruler of this island."

"Who is he?" Nami asked.

"His name is Julian Marquis," Erika responded. She looked up at the sun for a moment to check the time. "I must be going. Au revoir." She turned to walk away, but Zolo grabbed her arm to stop her. In a fraction of a second, she had Zolo on the ground with the end of a rapier pointing at his throat. "Never touch me," she hissed. The others were stunned.

"How did you do that?" Luffy asked, mystified. She has to join my crew, he thought.

"Quite easily, actually," she said, removing the sword from its position above Zolo's throat and sheathing it. "Now, good bye." She began walking away, and this time no one tried to stop her.

Zolo climbed of the ground and stared after her. The way she had moved—so quickly and so gracefully—was eerie. "Erika, huh?" he muttered to himself. "I'd better remember that name."

"Yeah, you'd better," Luffy said, "because she's gonna join our crew! Wasn't it so cool how those pirates ran at the sight of her! Wow!"

"Yeah, 'cool'…" Zolo said. She may be a better swordsman than I am. I need to challenge her and find out for sure.

"Let's go get some food!" Luffy suggested. His stomach rumbled loudly and they all laughed.

Erika watched them laughing from the shadow of a house. Just keep on laughing, she thought. I hope that we do not meet again. Especially Roronoa Zolo.

There it was. I hope you liked it. If you can help me with anything, please let me know via e-mail or review. Please review even if you don't have constructive criticism. I'll update again after I get...hmmmmm...three reviews? Sounds good to me. Okay. Three it is. Please review!