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Chapter 4

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When Luffy awoke the next morning, Nami was gone.

He lazily sat up and blinked.

He saw his clothes, still lying on the floor, and stretched his arm out to grab them.

Once he was dressed, he stepped out onto the deck, still feeling drowsy.

He walked over to the dining room cabin and opened the door.

His drowsiness suddenly disappeared.

"YOU ATE BREAKFAST WITHOUT ME!!" he shouted, gaping at his crew members, who were just finishing the last of the food.

"Hahaha!" laughed Franky. "It's been a couple of weeks since we've had a breakfast this nice!"

"Yeah!" yelled Chopper. "Sanji made an extra large one today so we all got to eat until we were full!"

"I made this extravagant breakfast.." Sanji began, gesturing towards an orange haired woman sitting at the end of the table, "..in celebration of Nami-san's wonderful recovery!"

Nami had just finished the last of her soup and was about to stand up to bring it into the kitchen.

"Ah, no!" exclaimed Sanji. "Please, allow me!"

The curly browed chef waltzed over to Nami and picked her bowl up. Their arms unintentionally brushed.

She didn't get scared, or even surprised. In fact, she smiled.

"Thank you, Sanji-kun." she said in a melodic voice.

Luffy leapt across the table to where Nami was standing.

"Nami!!" he bellowed, a pleading look on his face. "Why didn't you wake me up!?"

Nami raised an eyebrow at him. "Why should I have to wake you up?"

"Because we slept toge-"

Luffy was cut off as Nami cupped her hand over his mouth.

"Since when was it MY duty to wake YOU up?" she asked, a calm expression on her face.

Everyone was staring at her.

Luffy stepped away, then took a seat, pouting slightly.

"SANJI!" he suddenly roared, shooting his head up. "WHERE'S MY FOOD!?"

"I think.." began Robin, "..that everything is finally back to normal now."

"I-I think you're right.." said Franky.

Sanji looked at Luffy. "You don't get any breakfast."

"WHAT!?" Luffy thundered. "WHY NOT!?"

"Because of you.." Sanji continued, lighting a cigarette, "..none of us could fall asleep last night until really late."

"Eh?" asked Luffy, confused. "What are you talking about?"

"The creaking floor boards." said Franky.

"The moans." said Usopp.

"The screams!" exclaimed Chopper.

"The yelling." said Zoro, who had only just woken up from his nap a few seconds earlier, but was pretty sure he knew what everyone was talking about.

"And it was rather difficult for me to sleep out on deck.." said Robin.

"Eh!?" Luffy hollered. "But that was Nami's fault too!"

Ignoring him, Nami opened the dining room door, turned around, and said, "I'm going to my room to make a new map. No one bother me."

When she left, Luffy leaned against the table and grumbled.

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As the day went by, Luffy began to realize that everything really had returned to normal.

Nami didn't once sit next to him while he sat on deck.

She let Sanji bring food in to her and had no problem being around the other male members of the crew.

When he asked her to share her lunch, she stretched his nose out and let it snap back in face, saying, "Go to hell."

She took a long bath by herself, not even glancing at Luffy as she went in.

And she also didn't ask him to sleep with her that night.

But Luffy wasn't bothered by any of this. He was glad she was back to her normal self.

Though, for some reason, he now had a weird feeling in his chest that he had never experienced before.

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When they arrived on an island the next day, Nami went on a huge shopping spree, spending a whopping 700,000 beri on clothes, jewels, and other accessories. She had Sanji come along to carry everything for her.

When Luffy knocked into her by mistake and broke one of her necklaces, she pummeled him into the ground.

The day after, they had to pass through a storm and Nami navigated the ship the entire way, shouting orders at everyone as she decided what course they should take.

A few days after that, they were attacked by the marines and Nami took out an entire fleet with her clima tact.

She had high spirits all the time.

She was really back to normal.

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It had been a few weeks.

Luffy sat at the head of the ship, watching the sun go down.

He was really glad Nami was finally alright.

He laughed whenever she hit him.

He grinned whenever she grinned.

She didn't pay any more or less attention to him than she did to any other member of the crew, and that didn't bother him in any way.

He also realized that he had really missed getting time to himself.

He was satisfied with the way things were now and he figured that he wouldn't mind if it stayed this way.

Everything had returned to normal.

It was as if nothing had ever happened.

The only thing different between now and before was that Luffy would occasionally get these pains in his chest.

He didn't have them all the time. He'd usually only get them at night.

He was feeling that pain at the moment.

"I wonder what this is all about.." he sighed. "..It's like I have a hole in my heart.."

"Maybe you do." came a voice from behind him.

He turned around to see his orange haired navigator gazing out over the ocean.

"Oh, Nami!" he exclaimed, grinning.

She smiled and continued to stare ahead.

He noticed that she was following something with her eyes.

Luffy stood up and looked out to see a bird gliding low over the water.

"Whoa, that's a cool bird!" Luffy shouted.

The bird turned in the air and began to rise. It flew over the ship, then landed on top of the crow's nest.

"It's really pretty.." said Nami.

"Let's eat it!" Luffy shouted.

Nami hit him over the head.

They didn't say anything for a couple of minutes.

Then, the bird took off again and started flying away from the ship.

"I've been feling kind of like that, lately.." said Nami.

"Huh?" Luffy looked at Nami, confused.

"I've been feeling like I'm gliding over the water.." she continued. "..It's a really nice feeling."

Luffy tilted his head slightly.

"I'm..really happy." she finished.

Luffy smiled widely, showing his teeth.

Another period of silence ensued, then,

"I've been getting slight pains in my chest lately, too." she said.

Luffy quickly turned to look at her, surprised.

"I like what you said.." she continued. "It is kind of like there's a hole in my heart."

Luffy creased his brows slightly, silently asking her to elaborate, but she didn't say anything more.

He turned back to the sea.

A little time passed.

"Hey, Luffy?"

Luffy turned around and suddenly found Nami's lips planted on his own.

He froze.

A couple of seconds went by.

He slowly relaxed and placed his hands on her waist.

The kiss lasted a full minute before Nami finally pulled away.

"..That's an extra 1,000,000 beri.." she whispered into his ear.

Luffy stared at her.

"..But this.." she continued, wrapping her arms around his neck and resting her chin on his shoulder, "..is free.."

Luffy gently eased his arms up around her back and they both closed their eyes.

They stayed like that, neither moving nor speaking, and didn't part until long after the sun had set.