AHHH! This is it! The last chapter! -dies- my gawd. It took so long too! -sighs- well, at the end of this I'll leave you all a big thankyou message.
Chapter 31: Hair Dye and Luffy again
Three months later
"WOOOOOOW! Nami, you're so cooooool!" Luffy cried as he clutched to the woman, practically bouncing on the spot as he looked up at the house before them. Nami shrugged.
"I know." and she glanced over at Sanji who winked at her as he pulled out a suitcase from the new car. So, what happened after Morgan and Kuro? Well, Ace had been offered a job at the police force, surprisingly he was let in. Apparently, Smoker had put in a good word for him. Ace would never let the older man live it down. Now Ace was on a case, but he came back every two weeks exactly to see his little brother.
Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji, Usopp and Chopper had been given a cut of the reward money from Kuro, not to mention a bonus for uncovering Morgan and Helmeppo. Helmeppo was now in jail, while Morgan (still alive after being shot by Usopp) was put in a mental institution. His room walls were covered in pictures of fluffy ducklings and swinging monkeys. Nami, being a generous girl, had pooled the money from hers, Sanji's, Luffy's and Zoro's reward and had bought a large house in Coco village.
They had been living with Nojiko and Genzo for the past three months. But, the house that Luffy was 'wow' ing at, had a total of seven bedrooms. And because of the two couples, Sanji and Nami, and Luffy and Zoro, they had one extra room. Zoro had suggested that it be used as a spare room for visitors, but Nami had pushed that idea away, saying that they could rent it out for some extra money. Luffy had nodded, saying it'd be cool to have another friend in the house.
Nami had also ordered the group to find jobs, and so they had. Usopp was the easiest one to find a job for. He worked with a children's book publishing company, and also went down to the local library on Thursdays and read stories to young children while drawing pictures on a board for them as well.
He now knew a girl there, Kaya, and it was well known amongst the rest of the gang that Usopp had a crush on her. Sanji had bought a small block in the centre of town and had set up a restaurant which was now in full swing. Nami didn't work, but she sometimes went down and helped him with it. Waitressing and the like.
Some men who tried to grab at her, usually got a foot in the face and then were kicked out of the restaurant. Chopper, shy at first and unwilling to go out into the world but when Luffy suggested that the town mayor, Genzo, didn't have a problem with him, then Chopper was adamant that they give him a job at the hospital… and they did.
Best doctor they ever had, was the comment around Coco now. Luffy was the hardest to find a job for, one where he could eat, sleep, do whatever he wanted as long as he did what he was told at the appropriate times. So, he had found a job at a radio station. Pirates FM it was called and Luffy was very happy. And Zoro, it had taken a while for him to adjust to his newfound freedom, but he had and now he was outside nearly all the time.
He was always doing something. A job at the motorbike shop, repairing, advising, everything. If he wasn't there, he was wandering the streets… and getting lost. He ended up at the radio station usually though, and walked Luffy home. Luffy was happy with that.
A few weeks after they had moved in, a woman came to the door. Her name was Nico Robin, and she proved to be a good candidate for the rented room. Nami liked her anyway. Sanji went wild over her, until Nami slapped him and stormed off. Sanji was then reduced to begging and pleading to try and get her back. Robin fitted in with the group rather well, and sort of became a mother figure for Luffy. More so than Nami anyway.
It was now a month after they had bought the house and moved in. Now, as Luffy walked in through the door, the swordsman was found sitting in the lounge, his head lolling to one side as he slept. Luffy chuckled and dropped his bag on the floor and took off his shoes, before sneaking into the room and dropping onto Zoro's lap.
"What the!?" he yelled as he woke and Luffy fell into a fit of laughter. Zoro sighed as he saw his boyfriend and he rubbed a hand across his eyes, "You shouldn't do that."
"Awww, why not? It's fun." Luffy replied. Zoro snorted.
"For you maybe." and he sighed.
"What's wrong?" Luffy asked, sensing the strange vibe he was getting from the swordsman.
"I don't know. I'm just… bored I guess."
"Well, when I was on the run, I always had something to do, somewhere I could go."
"You've got that now."
"Not really. I'm bound to my job, and you're bound to yours."
"But, we've only been here three months. It's not that long."
"Yeah… I guess I am just having a little trouble adjusting." and he looked at Luffy who shook his head and then leant forward and rested his forehead against Zoro's.
"Maybe we should go somewhere then." he suggested. Zoro smiled.
"We could go on a road trip. We have lots of money now."
"… do you think we could? I mean, we have responsibilities."
"Meh. Let's go!" and he jumped up and danced around the room, "Goin' on a road trip'll be fun!"
"Who's going on a road trip?" a voice asked and the two looked over to see Usopp standing in the doorway.
"We are! Zoro and me!"
"Oh… have fun!" and the cartoonist went back upstairs again. Luffy grinned at Zoro.
"Come on! We can leave this afternoon!" and he ran out of the room. Zoro stood and stretched. Maybe Luffy was right. Maybe he did need to go somewhere. And a road trip sure sounded like a good idea to him.
"Hmm… should be fun." and he wandered out of the room, hands stuffed in his pockets and a smile on his face as he thought of the adventures that were sure to come. As he walked past one of Nami's mirrors, he had to pause. His hair was fading back to black again, and he found it didn't really suit him at all. After all, wasn't that dye supposed to be permanent? Oh well, it had to grow out sometime, he supposed. Luffy paused and looked back at Zoro.
"What's wrong?" he asked. Zoro looked around at his boyfriend and his mouth twitched a little nervously.
"Uh, well, do you think we could dye my hair green again?" he asked. Luffy blinked.
"I thought you didn't like it that colour."
"Well… I kinda got used to it, ya know?"
"Ok! I'll go and get some hair dye! You go to the bathroom and I'll be right back!" and Luffy dived out the door. Zoro blinked, and then Luffy bounced back in again.
"Can I have some money? I spent it all at lunch."
"Why didn't you just go to Sanji's?"
"Because Nami says scary things to me about you."
"… can't remember." and he grinned. Zoro sighed and threw his wallet to Luffy.
"Whatever she says to you Luffy, ignore it." he said. Luffy nodded.
"K." and he was gone again.
"Na Zoro, hold still." Luffy whined as he fiddled with Zoro's short locks. An hour. That's how long he had been sitting here. A goddamn hour. His hair wasn't even that long! Luffy just didn't know how to do it. The dye was all up Luffy's arms, and even on his face. Zoro was dye free, except for his hair, which was a miracle in itself.
"There!" Luffy announced triumphantly as he leant back. Zoro's hair was now sea foam green again and the swordsman blinked.
"Wow… you actually did it."
"Of course I did! I'm not stupid!" and the boy stood and looked at his hands for a second before shrugging and grabbing a towel and wiping them all over it. Green smudges were left all over the fluffy orange texture. Yep, it was Nami's towel. Good thing the boy's were going on a road trip, eh?
"Hey, Zoro, where are we going?" Luffy asked from where he was sitting blindfolded in the passenger seat. Zoro chuckled.
"No where in particular." he replied and grinned as he drove past a sign. He barely glanced at it as he drove in. The town seemed to be thriving and people were walking the streets.
"Aw, come on Zoro! If this is a new kink, I swear I am going to kick your ass from here to Pluto!" Luffy called. Zoro chuckled, unfazed by the threat.
"It's a surprise." he replied and finally stopped the car on the curb. He got out and went around to help Luffy out of the car. He guided him onto the sidewalk and then towards a pair of bronzed gates. The gates looked relatively new as well. He whipped the blindfold off of Luffy's face. The boy blinked for a moment in the light before looking around.
"I know this place." and then it came back to him, "Mum, Dad, Shanks, Makino." he whispered before running towards a corner of the cemetery. Zoro followed at a leisurely pace, not wanting to interrupt. Luffy crashed beside five graves and Zoro felt a pang of pity again for the boy. Luffy grinned as he turned and looked at his friend.
"Guys, this is Zoro. I know this is gonna sound weird to you all, but, he's my boyfriend. My best friend in the whole world!" Luffy cried as he looked down at the graves. Zoro blinked as a strange wind picked up out of nowhere and encircled Luffy and then moved to encircle him as well. It felt like someone was embracing him.
"Thanks guys!" Luffy cried when the wind had died down again. Zoro raised an eyebrow at the boy, "They accepted you. The wind… it's them." he said. Zoro smiled.
"Thanks Luffy's family." and Luffy grinned. Zoro tilted his head in return.
So, there you have it. That was my story. I told you I was a kick ass swordsman. And I told you I had never committed any crimes. Morgan got what he deserved. I'm happy now. And hopefully, with Luffy, I will be for a long time. I can even deal with that cheese headed love cook.
"Fuck up moss head!" Sanji yelled.
"Go to hell!"
"Shut up the pair of you!" Nami yelled.
"Na Zoro, hurry up, I'm hungry." Luffy whined. I sighed.
Well, that's really it I guess. I'm off on a road trip with my saviour, my love, and my best friend… all combined into one lanky body, two dark eyes, a large smile and a straw hat.
Well, that's it. Thankyou to everyone who supported me throughout this whole story! I hope you all enjoyed it! In my opinion, the ending was a little rushed, and I'm sorry for that, but I was being lazy. I shoulda taken more time, but yeah, laziness sets in and if I didn't just finish it, I would never have done so.