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Little Portgas D. Ace laid on the ground in fear and pain. His village had been attacked by bandits, much of it was now ablaze and screams and cries filled the air. He was alone now, not too far from him were his parents both slain, tears filled his eyes. It wasn't fair, why was this happening? They had done nothing wrong, so why was this happening?
Just then, Ace heard something. Crying, a baby's crying. It was his new born brother! He was still alive! A wave of relief and joy washed over Ace, his brother was alive! He wasn't alone! In too much pain to walk, Ace dragged himself over to his mother's lifeless form, clutched in her arms was a squirming blanketed bundle. Ace moved the blankets a little to reveal his little brother's sweet face, when the baby laid it curious, wide eyes on Ace he soon stopped crying and reached its tiny arms out to Ace.
Ace smiled a little and scooped up his little brother, he wasn't going to lose him. Or at least, that was what he thought.
"Well, well, well, ain't that just adorable?" It was another bandit.
Ace froze, he held his little brother more protectively.
"How about I take that brat off your hands?" The bandit then smirked. "I'm sure he'll be of some use when he gets older…"
Ace tried to get to his feet and run, but he then felt a pain in his side and was sent flying a couple of feet. He tried his best to hold onto his little brother but the bandit wrenched the baby from his arms and left. Now, once again, Ace was alone.
-Seventeen years later…-
"Hey Ace! Spacing out again?" Said a young man with light brown wavy hair that came to his shoulders while waving a hand in front of his friend's face.
"Huh…?" Ace blinked back to reality. "Hey…cut that out Shuraiya…"
Shuraiya stuck his tongue out at him. "What's with you? You've been out of it quite a lot lately.
"It's nothing, really…" Ace sighed.
"There! Again! Wake up!" Shuraiya then gave Ace a sharp whack on the back of his head.
"Ow! Damn it Shuraiya!"
"That's it, we're going Raftle city tomorrow…You need to try and enjoy life anyway…" Shuraiya said, giving Ace a slap on the back.
"Raftle? But why Raftle?" Ace said with a blink.
Shuraiya grinned. "Because it's a party town! Besides you hardly ever leave the village…anywhere is better than nothing…"
Ace grumbled a little. He knew about Raftle's reputation as a party town, it was also very shady. "Shuraiya, I'm not sure that's such a good ide-" his friend suddenly cut him off.
"We're both going and that's final!"
Ace frowned. "Make me." he said stubbornly.
"I don't know how you did it…" Ace said as his eyebrow gave an irritated twitch.
They were standing in front of the gates of the city.
Shuraiya laughed. "Because I'm you're best friend."
"Riiiiiiight…" Ace said flatly.
"Oh come on…" Shuraiya then dragged Ace into the city.
Raftle indeed lived up to it's reputation, it was a very lively city, almost wild.
Ace blinked. "………That's it, I'm leaving." Ace tried to run back out the gates.
"Ace! Look out!" Shuraiya said suddenly.
"Huh?" Ace the suddenly bumped into something.
Ace had knocked over a huge vase the two men were carrying.
Shuraiya clapped a hand to his face and shook his head. "Clumsy bastard…"
One of the men grabbed Ace by the shirt. "You idiot! That cost me a good 400 beri!"
Ace glanced at the shatter pottery. "What? For that ugly thing?"
"You're going to have to pay us back for that!"
"No." Ace said simply.
"Uh…Ace…Just pay the man…" Shuraiya said uneasily, he noticed that one of the men were cracking their knuckles, things could turn ugly if the weren't careful.
"I'll pay for that…" said a somewhat childish voice.
Ace looked over his shoulder and spotted a girl in a red kimono.
She was a scrawny thing, but very cute with big curious eyes and short, rather sloppy black hair with a beautiful flower comb, and a small scar under her left eye. The girl walked over to one of the men and paid him. She then whispered to Ace. "They were trying to scam you, try to be more careful…"
"Oh…uh...thanks…" Ace said with a confused blink.
The girl smiled and left.
Shuraiya then nudged Ace. "She was pretty cute wasn't she?"
Ace blushed. He had to admit, really she was. Just then he felt something brush against his foot. Looking down he saw it was the flower comb that the girl had worn in her hair. Ace blinked. "Isn't that…"
Shuraiya bent down and picked it up. "Looks like fate's trying to tell you something…" he said with a grin.
"Hmph…don't be silly…" Ace took the comb from Shuraiya. "There's no such thing as fate…"
The two then spent most of the afternoon asking around about the girl in the red kimono. It was close to sundown now, but they finally got a lead.
"So…she stays here?" Shuraiya said with a blink.
"I…guess so…" Ace said tilting his head to the side a little. They stood before a large building that had a sign above its doors with a cute picture of a ram that read 'Merry-Go House'.
The two then walked inside.
They were greeted by the sight of a lovely woman with long black hair and wearing a lovely purple kimono. "Hmm? I'm sorry…but we don't open for another hour…"
"Uh…Actually…we're just looking for a girl in a red kimono…" Ace began.
The woman giggled. "I assume you probably mean Luffy…I'm sorry, but 'she' won't be seeing anyone right now, 'she's' a little too upset I'm afraid… "
Ace scratched the back of his head. "Well I just wanted to return this to her…" He showed the woman the comb.
The woman looked a little surprised. "That's…!" She then smiled. "Well then that changes things a little…Thank you for finding it…someone very special gave it to 'her'…"
"Oh…Well here then…" Ace handed it to the woman.
"Actually, I think it'd be more fitting if you give it back, after all, you found it…" she said, handing it back. "Just go down that hallway, it's the last door on the left…"
"O-okay…" Ace said with a blink, he then went where he was directed.
Shuraiya stayed behind to chat with the pretty lady.
Ace looked around the building a little. It was nicely decorated but very empty. Ace stopped at the door he was told to go to. He opened the door and peeked in.
"Huh?" It was the girl from earlier, or 'Luffy' as the woman called her, who was now looking over her shoulder staring at Ace. And she was getting changed.
Ace blushed deeply. "Oops…"
"Hey!" Luffy turned to face him and pointed an accusing finger. "This is the dressing room! Get out!"
Ace blinked at the girl's nonexistent chest. "Wow…you're…really flat…" Ace said without thinking.
Luffy frowned and blushed. "Well yeah! I'm a boy!"
Ace blinked. "Boy?"
"Yeah." Luffy said with a nod. "I'm a boy."
Ace's jaw nearly dropped to the floor. "Y-You're kidding!"
Luffy frowned slightly. "Nope."
"Man…and here I thought you were kind of cute…" Ace said with a sigh.
Luffy blushed. "Well sorry to disappoint you!"
"Hmph…well why are you dressed like that anyway?" Ace asked. "Are you some kind of pervert or something?" His face then promptly met with one of Luffy's airborne sandals.
"Moron! Get out!" Luffy yelled as he pointed to the dressing room door.
"Sheesh, I just wanted to give this back to you…" Ace then held out the flower comb.
Luffy's eyes went wide with surprise. "Oh! You found it!" He then rushed over and took it from Ace's hand. "I was so worried I lost it! Thank you!" He then put the comb back in his hair.
"You're welcome…" Ace said with a slight huff. "So why were you dressed like a girl?"
Luffy blinked. "It's part of my job…I have to look pretty for the client."
Ace then pieced two and two together. "You're a prostitute?"
Luffy blushed. "N-no! Well…not exactly…"
Ace gave Luffy a skeptical look.
Luffy blushed even more. "…W-well, the pay is good…"
Ace slumped a little. "I bet…"
"Hmph…" Luffy the went back to getting dressed. He now wore a more elaborate red kimono, with lovely flower designs that matched the comb in his hair. He looked rather pretty.
Ace blushed slightly. "Anyway…I got to get going…"
"I hope you're not planning on leaving the city right now…" Luffy said suddenly. "At night bandits and robbers roam the forests around here…"
"I'll be fine…"
Luffy frowned. "Suit yourself…I tried to warn you…"
"Hmph…" Ace left the room, as he walked down the hallway he noticed the place had gotten a lot more lively. "…What's going on…?" he asked when he finally met up with Shuraiya.
"Eh, heh, heh, heh, heh…This is a night club…" Shuraiya explain. "Robin there was telling me about it…"
"Robin?" Ace said with a quirked eyebrow.
"The woman from earlier…" Shuraiya pointed out.
"So how did it go with the cute girl from earlier?"
"I…don't want to talk about it…" Ace said with a blush.
"…What did you do?" Shuraiya asked with a blink. "I guess you're not that good with girls, huh?"
Ace blushed even more. "N-not girls like 'her'…"
Robin, who was standing close by, giggled. "I'm sorry, I guess I really should have told you earlier…"
"That would've been nice…" Ace said with a huff.
Shuraiya looked confused. "Eh? What?"
"She…is a he…" Robin explained.
Shuraiya looked surprised. "Oh! I…I see…"
"Come on Shuraiya, let's go back to the village." Ace said the an irritated sigh.
"I really would travel out at night if I were you two…" Robin said suddenly. "If you two need a place to stay, you can spend the night here if you wish, since you helped my friend, it's the least I can do for you…"
"Sure!" Shuraiya said happily.
Luffy sighed, he wasn't going to take any clients tonight, he was in far too bad of a mood. He walked over to his room and opened the door, only to find Ace relaxing on his futon bed. Luffy's face instantly went a few shades of red. "H-hey! What are you doing here in my room!?"
Ace looked up. "Eh? You're room!? Robin told me I could stay in this room…"
Luffy's eyebrow gave an irritated twitch. 'Robin…what are you trying to do?' Luffy sighed and shook his head. "Fine…if Robin says so…then fine…"
The two both laid on the futon, not daring to go any closer to the other. After a while Ace found that he could fall asleep, if there ever was a time for him to actually want to go into a sleeping spell, now was it. He then sat up.
"Man…is there anything to do around here?"
"I guess…if you're really that bored I could entertain you tonight…" Luffy suggested.
Ace stuck out his tongue distastefully. "Pervert…"
Luffy frowned. "I didn't mean like that! This place isn't only for that kind of entertainment, you know!"
"Oh…" Ace said with a blush.
"Do you like sake?" Luffy asked with a sigh. "I can go get you some from the kitchen…"
"Huh? Sure…" Ace said with a slight laugh. "Do you want me to pay you for that?"
"No…I owe you…" Luffy said flatly.
"For the comb?"
Luffy nodded. "My boss gave it to me…" He then got up and left for the kitchen.
Ace tilted his head to the side a little. "Something going on with that kid and his boss?"
Ace's face was tinted a light hue of red. "Can I have another glass?"
"I think you've had enough…" Luffy said with a slight laugh.
Ace set the glass down. "Probably right…" He then eyed Luffy. The kid was pretty cute, it was no wonder he mistook him for a girl. "So…how did you end up in this line of work anyway? Your parents sell you or something?"
"I don't have parents…"
Ace slumped and instantly felt like an idiot. "Er…sorry…"
"It's okay…" Luffy said reassuringly. "But you're right, I was sold…"
Nine year old Luffy stood there, hungry and scared. He had put up such a fuss earlier, that his current owners had to cuff his wrists together. Luffy was to be sold off today, weather he liked it or not. Looking around Luffy saw that a lot of the people there were a lot more scary than his current owner, and quite a few of them were eying him. A sudden wave of panic washed over the boy, he tried to hide out of view.
"Oh no you don't…" said Luffy's owner, he grabbed the boy by the arm and pulled him out of hiding.
Luffy wriggled, trying to get free.
The man's grip tightened, bruising up the little boy's arm.
Luffy then gave the man a good kick to the shin.
"Argh! You little bastard!" The man then shoved Luffy to the ground and raised a fist to remind him just who his master was, but then suddenly, someone grabbed it.
"That's enough…" said a stern voice.
Luffy looked up and saw a tall, handsome red haired man with three scars over his left eye. He wore simple clothes, from the western countries, but the most noticeable thing about the man was that he only had one arm.
"This is none of your business westerner…" Luffy's owner growled.
The red haired man smirked. "I think it is…how much do you want for him?"
"Huh? You want this little runt?"
"Sure…How much?" the red haired man repeated.
"He's not for sale to westerners…" the man snorted.
The red haired man smirked, he then reached into his pocket and took out a couple large gold coins. "I'll pay you twice what you paid for him…" he said simply.
And with that Luffy was his.
Click! Off came the cuffs.
Luffy rubbed his sore wrists and looked up at the red haired man thankfully.
"The name's Shanks…" the man said with a warm smile.
-End of flashback…-
"So since then Shanks basically raised me and when I got older he gave me my freedom…" Luffy explained. "But…I didn't want to leave him so I decided to work here…"
Ace blinked. "…………Why?"
Luffy blushed a little. "I have my reasons…"
"……So you're in love with an old man?" Ace said flatly.
Luffy, not one bit amused by that statement, gave Ace a good punch to the arm.
"Ow! Geeze…" Ace whined as he nursed his sore arm.
"Don't insult Shanks." Luffy said with a slightly dangerous tone in his voice.
"Okay, okay! Sorry…" Ace said with a sigh.
"Well anyway…I suggest you get some sleep…I'm done talking…" Luffy said with a slight huff.
Ace scratched the back of his head. He was kind of feeling bad now, here this kid had been more than kind to him and here was acting a bit like a jackass. Ace gave a sigh and slumped a little. "Um…Look…I'm sorry…"
Luffy blinked. "Na?"
"I haven't been really that fair to you…" Ace began. "I'd…like to make it up to you…"
Luffy shook his head. "Don't worry about it…it's fine…"
Luffy was quiet for a moment. "Hmm…well…I am kinda bored…and Shanks won't be back for three more days…" Luffy then gave a mischievous grin. "Want to have some fun with me?"
"…………………Pervert." Ace said flatly.
Luffy frowned. "Not like that dummy! Besides…I wouldn't want to waste my time with you anyway…"
Now Ace frowned. "What's that supposed to mean!?"
"You don't look like you'd be that much fun in bed…" Luffy said sticking out his tongue at Ace childishly.
For some reason that comment struck a nerve with Ace. "Oh really? Like a kid like you would know…"
Luffy raised an eyebrow. "Actually I do…"
"Prove it…" Ace challenged. He was still a little tipsy from having drink too many so he wasn't exactly using his best judgment.
Luffy blinked. "Fine then."
Ace moaned, his face was flushed deep red. Suddenly his breath hitched in his throat and he groaned a little. He stood (or laid rather) corrected, this kid really did know what he was doing.
Luffy sat up and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. "…See? Told you."
Ace sat up, he couldn't believe he just let Luffy do that. But then again, he wasn't really complaining either. Looking around Luffy's room a bit he noticed that the kid was a little more childish than he let on. The room had all sorts of plush toys, posters, models, and, kimonos scattered about the room.
Luffy then yawned. "I'm going to try to sleep, okay?"
Ace bit his bottom lip. I all honesty, he kind of missed the feeling he got when Luffy gave him head. He couldn't help but blush a little as he thought back about it.
"You okay?" Luffy asked.
"I…I'm fine…" Ace then laid down facing away from Luffy.
A sly smile grew upon Luffy's lips.
Ace stiffed a little when he felt something nuzzle against his back. "L-Luffy…" He heard the boy giggle. "Cut that out!" Ace said, blushing.
"Oh come on…You didn't seem so tired a couple minutes ago…"
Ace blushed even more, part of him wanted to give in.
After a few minutes of silence from Ace and suggestive talk and purring from Luffy, the younger boy finally gave up.
"Fine…have it your way…" Luffy then rolled over, facing away from Ace. Not too long after that he felt himself being hugged from behind. This time it was Luffy's turn to blush as he felt Ace kiss the back of his neck.
VTM: And that's it for chapter 1...-.-;;;; Sorry it was so long…it was a lot harder to write that I thought it would be…