A/N: This story hit 40,000 hits (bored tone) yay... (sigh) I really, really hate this arc...

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Chapter 20: The Strongest Swordsman In the World

Everything continued to shake.

On the Going Merry, the group that was leaving saw what was really going on.

Krieg's Ship was being sliced in half.

"Oh man! I'm so glad that I came with you guys." Mumbled Usopp.

"What's going on?" asked Nami.

She saw the ship.

"That was weird timing." Mumbled Nami.

Johnny and Yosaku nodded.

Back on the Baratie…

"It's him!" yelled Gin.

"Who is it?" asked Luffy.

"It's the man who destroyed our ship!" yelled Gin.

"He's very strong to destroy a ship with one sword." Said Haku.

Zoro was starring and Luffy and Sasuke.

"What?" asked Sasuke.

"Weren't you on the Going Merry when all this started?" he asked.

"Oh that… those were Shadow Clones." Said Sasuke.

"Yeah… wait… what?" he asked.

"We created Shadow Clones for that meeting Nami wanted." Explained Sasuke.

"IT takes so much Chakra that I don't do it often." Muttered Luffy sticking out his tongue.

"Okay, so it's a ninja thing." Said Zoro with a shrug.

"Wait… are they still there?" asked Haku.

"Oh crap." Said Sasuke.

On the Going Merry, Nami saw that Luffy and Sasuke (or rather they're clones) were there.

"Aren't you two supposed to be there?" asked Nami.

"I keep working on it." Said Sasuke's clone.

He finally punched Luffy's clone hard enough and then Sasuke's clone disappeared.

Nami sighed, "I seriously don't get these ninja powers." She muttered.

Back on the Baratie, both Luffy and Sasuke flinched as they got the memories from the meeting.

"You okay?" asked Zeff.

"Just some shadow clones." Said Sasuke.

Zeff shrugged and realized it had to do with something Haku didn't know.

"I don't get it." Said Gin still in shock about the ship, "Why would he come here?"

"Because he was bored." Answered Zeff.

"How can you just say that!" yelled Gin.

"Trust me, on the grand line there's a lot of men like that." Said Zeff.

Don Krieg looked at Zeff.

"I know who you are." Said Don Krieg, "You're Red Leg Zeff."

"Red Leg Zeff?" asked Luffy.

"I told you to study up on infamous pirates." Muttered Sasuke.

"It's said that the blood of his enemies permanently dyed his legs hence the name." said Don Krieg.

Dob Krieg began to laugh, "You have a log book detailing the Grand Line!"

That was when Zoro began to leave.

"Where are you going?" asked Sanji.

"No offense but I could care less about what's going on in here." Said Zoro.

"What did you say?" asked Sanji.

"I have been searching for years to find Hawk Eye Mihawk." Said Zoro, "And I'm not going to let this chance slip away."

"Neither will I." muttered Don Krieg realizing certain things.

Don Krieg left the restraint in order to fight Mihawk.

Zoro glared at Don Krieg and followed him outside.

"Let's go!" said Luffy wanting to watch it.

"Something tells me that guy isn't going to last long." Said Sasuke.

Haku followed getting the feeling like he was needed outside.

They watched as Don Krieg shot at Mihawk, but the man just deflected them with his sword.

The men of Don Krieg's crew… well the ones who managed to stay afloat watched in awe.

"That's impossible." Muttered Don Krieg.

"Mihawk." Said Zoro.

The man named Dracule Mihawk, stared at Zoro. He was a man with pale skin and black hair, he had yellow hawk like eyes.

"I have been looking for you for a very long time." Said Zoro, "I officially challenge you."

"I minds as well." Said Mihawk.

He grabbed a cross around his neck revealing a small knife.

"What is this?" asked Zoro.

"You are a mere guppy compared to me." Said Mihawk, "I figure this will do!"

Zoro glared at him, "Don't you dare mock me!"

Zoro grabbed all three of his swords, he tried to slice Mihawk but Mihawk stopped all three blade with the knife.

"This fight has already been decided." Said Sasuke.

Haku solemnly nodded.

"What?" asked Luffy.

They watched as Zoro began to lose his cool, he through back to his childhood friend Kuina as he fought.

The fight was obviously extremely one sided. However during the fight, Mihawk began to respect Zoro.

Towards the end of the fight, Mihawk switched to his massive black sword.

Zoro tired one final move, but Mihawk shattered both of his black swords.

Zoro realized his lost and let Mihawk finish him off.

"A scar on the back is a swordsman's shame." Said Zoro.

Mihawk let out one final move, cutting Zoro's torso. Zoro fell into the water.

"Zoro!" yelled Luffy.

Before Sasuke could stop him, Luffy used Gum Gum Rocket to propel himself to where Mihawk was. However Mihawk just dodged.

"That idiot." Muttered Sasuke.

"I need help with Zoro." Said Haku.

"Oh right." Said Sasuke.

Haku dove into the water and fetched Zoro's body.

Haku surfaced with him.

"He's still alive!" called out Haku.

Luffy heard this, apparently in a conversation with Mihawk.

"Roronoa Zoro!" called out Mihawk, (Zoro had fully introduced himself during the fight), "Get stronger, and when you do, we will duel again in the Grand Line."

Zoro who was severally injured however raised his sword.

"Luffy! Can you hear me?" asked Zoro.

Luffy nodded.

"From this day on! I will never lose again!" yelled Zoro who began to cry, "you hear me future king of the pirates."

"All right!" said Luffy.

"We need to put him inside." Said Haku, "I can stabilize him there."

"Okay." Said Sasuke.

That was when Mihawk began to leave.

"Aren't you going to fight me?" asked Don Krieg.

I changed my mind." Answered Mihawk, "Besides you're crew is close to death… what's the point."

Don Krieg was about to shoot him but a man dressed in what can be described as cymbals. Jumped out opt attack Mihawk.

"You will pay!" yelled the man.

However Mihawk used the blunt of his sword to deflect the man, compete ignoring him.

He looked at Luffy one last time, before getting into his coffin shaped boat.

Up in the cook's quarters of the Baratie, Haku began to heal Zoro's wounds.

"Will he be fine?" asked Sasuke.

"As long as he doesn't do anything for the next few days." Answered Haku beginning to use healing Chakra.

Sasuke nodded… he looked outside to the wreckage.

He didn't know why but he knew needed to say certain things to Don Krieg…

Because something told him, that man was hopeless and needed to hear something very important…

Though it was unknown if Don Krieg would even listen.

Next Time: The fight Don Krieg begins... though most of his crew are starving... and injured... But Don Krieg won't give up because he is the strongest... or is he? Find out what happens, next time!