The young lady screamed in her mind, never turning back and only staring determinedly forward. Her legs lifting swiftly and steadily as she continued through the dense forest, never stopping or lingering to the 'breaking' sound under her.
She commanded her body again, not even stopping or flinching when her heart began to protest to her abusive, running action. Her chest screamed for her to halt as it sent a twinge of pain coursing throughout her whole body, her heart desperately trying to keep up with her uneven breaths and pace.
'I can't stop.' Her mind told her heart, hoping her body would react to her desperation.
'You know why I'm running.'
The orange haired girl of course knew nothing would change, except for the fact her heart would bang against her chest harder than before. Begging again with the lady to stop and let her body rest, if only for a few minutes.
Nami refused though.
She could not stop now, she knew what lay behind her as she paced from it. She would never let herself be tied down with emotional chains again like she had with Arlong long ago. She would not let fear and fatigue stop her dead in her tracks now as she continued pass the pearl like trees.
She could not return to him.
"Gah!" Nami cried out, feeling her body finally give up on her.
Roughly she fell, the unusual cold, hard ground of this forest marking her skin in bruises and cuts as she tried desperately to pick herself back up. Cursing her body at its treacherous act before slowly swinging her back against one of the smooth, white trees. Now, trying to catch her breath and calm her heart back to an even pace.
Her eyes drifted open as she felt the ground begin to snake up her legs, trying to encase her within itself. With a hiss Nami quickly kicked at the material that tried to suck her in, narrowing her eyes as the material broke from her heel.
"Such a weird island." Nami whispered to herself.
It had only been days before, when they had landed onto this new land, that Nami had learned of the of the island's curse.
"Shoo!" Nami hissed as the material again tried to trap her in her spot.
Bringing her foot high up, Nami roughly brought the hard bottom of her shoe back back down to the ground. Cracking the material into shiny, little pieces as it settled its attack around her and instead let her rest upon it.
When she had first ventured onto the island, it didn't take Nami long to realize what kind of 'curse' the island had. Her suspicions being confirmed as the first villager took notice of her and confronted her.
"The island ate a Akuma no Mi?"
Nami recalled the question she had asked him as well as their entire conversation from days ago.
Nami had so many questions the minute she laid eyes on the island's glassy, smooth, white look. She was quick to notice how the pure, pearl ground would break and crunch like glass under her weight as she trudged along. She had never been somewhere where no leaf of a tree or petal of a flower refused to sway with the winds breath. The glassy ground reflecting the sky above her as clouds passed by with a dreary tone, never letting the sun rays shine warmly down,
"Kouseki Kouseki no Mi." The villager answered her question.
"Somewhat fitting for us if you think about it. Since this island specializes in producing and cutting many ores."
Nami merely hummed to the man, unsure as to what he meant.
"Ya' know." He spoke again as he caught Nami's confused state.
"Jewels. Sapphires, rubies, diamonds."
The man merely snickered as he caught a glimpse of twinkle in Nami's eye. Nami again hummed as she thought of the island's fruit.
"Kouseki?" She questioned to herself.
"Then…This island is made entirely of crystal?"
Nami peered her eyes over the entire island, taking in the smooth, white casing the land was in. Though, the crystal refused to tread any farther than the beach's shore.
"That's right." The man answered back.
"Just be sure not to stand still for too long, the island will try to eat you up and encase you in its crystal."
It was with that statement Nami quickly whipped her head to her feet, watching with slight fascination as the ground began to slowly creep up to her toes. With a single step back, the crystal merely broke from her shoe before retreating itself back into the ground. Waiting once again for the girl to forget its presence before trying to catch her once more into its cold grip.
"Did you come here to buy any jewels Miss? We have quite a selection. Affordable too here since it's so mass produced on this island." The man began again.
With his question, Nami slowly turned her head towards the sea far ahead of her. Her eyes narrowing on one particularly blue ship.
"No." She answered to the air around her, staring intently still on the ship below her.
"I'm just trying to run away."
It was with that past memory and conversation from days ago that made Nami open her eyes wide and jump back to her feet. The white crystal, that was using her distraction for its advantage, again snaked around her body, but easily broke under her as she shook off the material. With new adrenaline coursing through her, Nami tore her eyes towards the glossy, vast forest ahead of her.
'I have to get to the other side of the island.' Nami reminded herself.
Picking her feet back up, Nami again was pacing through the wide forest. Dodging trees in the process and trying to keep her breath and the 'breaking' sound under her as quiet as possible so as to not catch anyone's attention.
Particularly one person, whose attention lately was on nothing else but her.
She knew, feeling the chillness in the air as night settled in, if not sooner than by now that the monkey had noticed her disappearance. Her trail possibly being followed by him as she continued on as silently as she possibly could.
'This time…I'll do it.'
Though Nami would speak encouragingly in her mind, she also couldn't push away the small doubt that lingered on. As soon as they had first landed on this island, she had made her first attempt fleeing from him.
That attempt was finished by him probably within the same hour she had left.
Again, two days ago, she made her second attempt. This time venturing out with no sleep from the previous night, which would ultimately be her downfall. It was only a few hours later when fatigue brought her down to rest onto the ground. All together forgetting the danger the island held discreetly within itself.
She was actually lucky to be found by him that time. He had come just in the nick of time to tear her away from the hungry crystal that began to form around her sleeping body.
"Tch." Nami clicked her tongue at the remembrance.
This time was it though…
It just had to work for her, she refused to even think of ever going back to him. She would refuse to be a prisoner to the man that claimed to love her.
The very same man who nothing of her, as much as she knew of him.
She refused to fall in love with or be chained down again to a man who was only told to think he had loved her. Someone who knew nothing of her past, had saved her previously from no one, who she did not owe her life to countless of times.
"Luffy." Nami whispered, feeling her pace quicken.
She would not fall in love with the wrong guy.
She knew she had already betrayed her captain. This wasn't the first time, though deep down she thought it may possibly be the worse of them all.
"Luffy." She spoke again, a few tears welling up in her eyes.
Nami was quick to let go of the thought and her sudden tears as she continued to jog through the white forest. The trees and ground glowing brightly when the moon was able to pass down through the clouds. She knew now was not the time to be mentally begging forgiveness from her captain. She would deal with that when the time came, and if she were ever able to make that moment come, she would have to put all her concentration now to her escape instead of lingering on the 'what if'-s.
She would force herself to find strength deep down to carry her on in this predicament. Usually her strength was found from remembering her captain's stupid grin and her friends positive support. Though, this time it had to be different. She could not allow herself to continue thinking of them let her thoughts venture to the disapproval they would surely have for her treacherous act, and somehow her thoughts would always fall to exactly that.
Nami forced herself to cringe as she thought of Luffy's scowling and disapproving face peering down towards her.
"No…" Nami huffed, narrowing her eyes again ahead of her.
"Don't think about it."
As if someone was answering her request, trying to distract her from her thoughts, a small laughter erupted through the forest. Nami quickly halted in her steps, peering towards the still trees and blowing wind around her. Taking in the laughter with closed eyes and trying to distinguish it so as to know if this childish laughter was indeed familiar to her ears.
She hummed lightly in thought, listening to his very character laugh as it was carried off with the breeze.
'It's him…' Nami spoke in her mind, now once again sprinting through the white forest.
Nami cringed to the call of her name, though she did not falter with her speed and instead picked up her pace, skillfully yet quietly jumping over a white log that was in her way. Her ears still listening out for the sudden night's intruder.
"Nami," he called again, "are we playing that game again? Shishishi. You know I'll find you."
Nami hissed at the boy's playful voice. His joyous mood to what was happening before him made her stomach twist in a knot. It was as if he was in deep denial over her actions and relationship towards him. The whole 'escaping' she kept trying to achieve was nothing more than a game in his eyes.
It seemed this Luffy refused to see the distance that was now so obviously between them as well as refused to listen to her pleas of returning back to her former comrades.
"This is not where I belong. I do not belong with you. Don't you understand what you are? You don't really love me!"
Nami recalled her conversation with him from long ago when she had learned what he really was. Remembering the stupid grin he had on his face as she sternly spoke of what she had learned of him, and him answering her as if he had heard nothing.
"You're so funny, Nami."
The boy always would say. Never truly taking in her words fully until she was forced to abandon him all together. Though, he easily sought her out. Always carrying her back to the ship with tears from laughter in his eyes as Nami's tears would stroll gently down her cheeks.
"You really like this game, shishishi…" Luffy would always laugh while Nami would choke back her own tears.
'Not this time.' Nami determinedly spoke in her mind.
Again Nami ran from her perpetrator. Like a predator after its prey, she ran for her life. Almost forgetting she was to remain silent as she reached the last tree in the forest, wanting nothing more than to cry out with joy as she finally reached the island's opposite shore.
Stepping away from the forest and onto the white sand, Nami let a small smile creep onto her face as she peered towards the dark ocean ahead of her.
She had finally made it, the other side of the island.
Whipping her eyes frantically at the sea around her, she let a small laugh escape from her throat. Proud of herself for finally accomplishing her goal, she couldn't help but let another set of giggles escape from her mouth.
Through her laughters, Nami could feel her eyes burning incredibly. Tears were now rolling from her eyes and down her cheeks as she continued to laugh at the scene in front of her. Completely ignoring the call of her name.
"I did it." Nami sputtered out, her joyous smile falling to a quivering lip as the tears continued.
For her huge accomplishment, she knew secretly where her tears of sorrow were now coming from. Though, she refused to let the thought pass through her mind.
How could the very collective and well thought out girl, ever admit her downfall at the moment? When was she one to ever venture out without a educated plan?
Yet as she stood, staring still towards the endless blue, if probably asked what she would do now she could not answer. Turning her red eyes to each side of her, all that she could see that lay ahead was nothing but sand and water.
No ship to take, no living soul to ask for help, Nami was forced to realize her mistake. Again, with tears strolling down her eyes, she stared out towards the ocean.
"Luffy…" She choked out.
Nami was quick to distinguish the slow approaching footsteps that were now behind her. The glass ground breaking unevenly to his slow strides.
Nami shivered as she listened to the sound etch closer towards, and with one final decision, she decided to act upon her only option she could now think of.
It was a stupid one.
One she knew deep down would get her killed.
But as Nami continued to remind herself of what lay behind her, she could not stop herself from dashing forward. Refusing to be chained down and instead keeping her eyes forward so as to remind herself of what lie ahead in the ocean blue in front of her.
If she could just somehow conquer what was now in front of her, she knew at the end she would find happiness. Her freedom, her home.
"Franky." She whispered, feeling the icy cold water touch her toes.
The girl cringed as she felt herself trip lightly in the water.
You could no longer tell that tears were what stained the young girl's cheeks as a wave crashed against her face.
Nami gently kicked against the sandy, ocean floor as she felt the water deepen, taking in one last step before slowly swimming towards the endless blue.
Nami sputtered lightly as another wave crashed against her.
The young woman began to shiver to the water's coldness as she swam farther and farther down it.
It was with that last breath Nami felt something wrap tightly around her waist. Tears once again leaking out as she felt her efforts and body being swiftly pulled back from the ocean. Instead of paddling, Nami quickly dug her nails into the very arm that pulled her back, hoping that her desperate act would make the boy flinch and release her back into the ocean.
No such luck though as she felt her back plant itself hard against his chest, and his arm still wrapped around the young woman's small waist. Her shivering frame from the cold water now staring back out towards the very ocean she was just in.
"Nami!" The voice behind her spoke.
'Again?' Nami repeated in her mind.
With the thought of her failing again, Nami could feel herself digging her nails deeper into Luffy's snaked arm. Her tears now pouring out and she curled her lips back to hold in a wail. The sight of the ocean in front of her now fading away as the liquid in her eyes belt up.
'Luffy…' Nami whined in her head, somehow hoping her real captain could hear her desperate cry.
With the young man's blood now staining Nami's nails as she kept them still deep in his arm, Luffy retreated his stretched arm back. Placing his other hand on Nami's shoulder, he slowly turned the agonizing girl to face his grinning face. As her eyes set onto his blissful look, she could feel her tears burning her face once again.
Why couldn't he see her miserable state? Even when it was right in front of him she wondered. Why couldn't he understand her desperation to return to her crew mates?
Why was this Luffy holding her back from her real captain? Surely the Luffy she knew and had grown to respect and care for would at least understand her plight. He would never chain her down and force her to stay by him when he'd see her tears.
He would maybe protest, maybe try to reason with her. But never would he go to the extreme as to what this boy in front of her was now doing.
"You really like this game, Nami." Luffy finally spoke with a smile.
"You're not very good at it though."
Nami cringed, lowering her head to the ground as she listened to Luffy let out a boisterous laugh. Feeling the rage beginning to boil, Nami balled her hands.
"This isn't a game!" Nami cried.
Nami narrowed her eyes at Luffy, bringing her palm swiftly up and sending him the most powerful slap she could muster up. The sound of her hand coming into contact with his cheek echoing around the silent night air as his head twisted slightly up and back to her powerful force.
"Don't try to fool yourself anymore." Nami spoke with a glare.
"I don't love you! I need to get back to my real crew."
Nami merely blinked her angry eyes as Luffy kept his head twisted from her slap as he listened to her. A grin beginning to spread across his face as she finished speaking.
"It's late, Nami." He finally spoke, finally bringing his head slowly back down but with his grin still plastered on.
"We should go back to the ship."
As Nami took in Luffy's slightly deranged look, she took a step back, crying out slightly as his hand shot for her wrist.
"Let go of me!" Nami cried, digging her nails once more into his tight grip.
"Don't you understand at all what I'm saying?"
Nami hissed as she felt his nails begin to dig into her wrist, Luffy now slowly pulling her towards him as he kept a wide grin.
"Shishishi." Luffy chuckled lightly as he literally saw Nami's shoes dig into the sand below them as a trail followed her while he pulled her closer in.
"Listen to me!" Nami cried desperately, feeling her face being forcibly tugged towards his.
"You're not real! You're just a copy of-!"
Nami was silenced as Luffy forced his lips against hers. His hand gripping her hair roughly and forcing her on to him as she desperately tried to pull away.
"Stop it!" She would scream when she could manage to tear her lips from him.
As tears began to build up again under her eyes, Luffy slowly pulled back. Silently watching as the girl in his grip lowered herself to her knees, tears still dripping below her as she cupped her mouth to hide her hiccups.
"Luffy…" She breathed into her palm, tears seeping through her finger cracks.
"They're back…" Camille spoke, peering over the ship's rail and watching the moving figure.
Keeping her back set on the rail, the black hair woman merely took in her sister's words. Never turning and instead blowing out black smoke before asking.
"Did she make it?"
With Camille's silence, Ebony was quick to realize the answer. Again she sucked in the black cigarette before speaking.
"This is insane." Tashi spoke, rubbing her blonde hair back and sighing.
"We've got to do something."
Tashi turned as she listened to the set of giggles next to her. Blinking as she watched Belina mark the ship's floor with chalk, the small child oblivious to the whole situation.
"I've already tried." Ebony blew out a puff of black smoke.
"Nami does not want us to intervene. She is worried we will be hurt by Captain in the process."
The group of girls hummed in thought at the assumption.
"She has some fear of him. That fear is so powerful, she doesn't realize the strength we have over him." Ebony finished.
"Whose to say you're not just underestimating him? He could very well harm one of us if we do anything to help Nami…" Camille softly whispered, her eyes still set on the approaching figures.
"We should just leave."
Tashi fumed at her sister's suggestion.
"And leave Nami behind?" She questioned.
"Are you stupid? This girl saved our life! We owe ours to her!"
Camille slowly lowered her head as she took in those words. Knowing her younger sister was indeed right, yet refusing to admit it.
"We're strong enough-" Jenny began to speak, peering up to Ebony.
"-to just kill him." Jenna finished.
The two twins snickered at Ebony's contemplating expression.
"I do sometimes think of that too…" Tashi admitted, though she quickly tore her eyes to ground let she be reprimanded for it.
It was Camille's turn to fume, though she could not find the right words to justify it.
"He-He took us in though! We owe him just as much."
Before an argument could begin Ebony was quick to finish it.
"Such an act…" She hummed as she thought.
"I'd only do it if Nami asked. If she was at that point, I'm sure she would ask us. Even though she tries to escape, she must still have some bonds with him. Otherwise she'd just do the job herself."
The group quickly turned silent as they listened to the approaching footsteps. All eyes falling on a smug looking Luffy as he held Nami in his arms.
"Welcome back." Tashi and Camille both spoke, though their voices solemn.
Luffy merely ignored them as he continued to carry Nami towards her room. The orange haired girl never stirring to the words, and instead letting out evenly synced breaths. It was quick and easy to assume by everyone that Nami had manage to fall asleep. Whether it was by her choice or her body betraying her, no on would ever know.
All the sister's lightly gasped though as they watched Ebony place herself in front of their captain. Her black bangs swaying in the breeze as she narrowed her eyes towards Luffy, forcing her body to block his path and stopping him dead in his tracks.
"Why can't you just let her go?" Ebony calmly spoke, though the venom in her words were evident.
"It's obvious she doesn't want to be here anymore."
It was Luffy's turn to scowl at the woman, his eyes narrowing to match hers.
"Move." He bluntly said.
"Ebony…" Camille warningly whispered towards the girl, though could not bring herself to intervene.
Ignoring her sister, Ebony merely spoke again. Never moving from where she had planted herself.
"I don't understand why she runs from you now. Or what it is she is searching for." Ebony spoke.
"But it's obvious she doesn't want anything more to do with you…"
"Move!" Luffy boomed, taking a step closer towards Ebony threateningly.
Before anyone could act upon Luffy's sudden rage, all eyes fell to the stirring girl in his arms. She moaned loudly before turning her eyes open towards Ebony.
"Oh?" Luffy's smile quickly returned, lowering his head to meet with Nami's waking one.
"You're awake now, that's go-"
Luffy merely paused and took a shocked step back as Nami began to frantically squirm to his hold before managing to pull away from him and running pass Ebony. Her tears once again falling, she quickly threw her eyes into her hands and raced towards her room.
"Leave me alone!" She cried, swinging her door open and slamming it behind her.
It was Ebony who swiftly turned, readying herself to chase after the young girl.
"Nami!" She called before she felt a heavy blow against her chest.
Crying out, Ebony was sent back to her bottom and towards the cold, ship floor. She hissed before forcing her eyes open to see who the perpetrator had been. Her eyes narrowing as she watched Luffy's red jacket swaying to his movements as he marched towards Nami's room.
"Ebony!" Her sisters called, racing to help their eldest sibling back up to her feet.
"Don't you dare hurt her…" Ebony hissed towards Luffy, though he did not turn or halt to acknowledge that he had heard her.
"You'll pay if you do anything to hurt her!"
Shutting the door behind her, Nami silently wept through her hands. Feeling the water flow through the cracks of her fingers.
'What am I going to do?' She cried in her mind.
It was then that her mind began to speak back and answer her.
You were stupid, careless! It told her. Plan ahead, don't let your feelings get in the way!
"Plan ahead…" Nami mumbled, picking her stained eyes back up and peering them towards her vanity.
She squinted her eyes as she stared at her many maps. With tears picking up again, Nami scrambled for her vanity. Shuffling her maps all around her until finding the one she was searching for.
She flung the brown parcel high above her, stretching the paper out before laying it flat in front of her. Again, she scrambled and rushed to find her feather pen, inking it when she did so.
'I'll be prepared this time!' She spoke encouragingly in her mind, though tears continued to weep and stain the map below her.
'This time I'll do it.'
Nami grew frantic as she tried to find an island that would benefit her. Crossing out ones they had already pass before laying her eyes on a crescent shaped land.
'This one.' She beamed in her mind.
'I'll do it here.'
Tapping her pen against the island, she pondered if she could really do it. The thought of her real captain's grinning face as they were once again reunited, sealing her decision. Swiftly, she circled the island.
'Luna Isle… I'll definitely make it.' Nami smirked in her mind, new determination sweeping over her.
"I just have to do it…" She whispered, bringing her head into her hands.
It was at that moment she could feel her tears starting up again. From fear, from failure, from the thought of her friends abandoning her because of her actions, she did not know where these tears had now come from.
Her thoughts quickly vanished though as she heard a knock on her door. Before she could refuse the person entry, the door slowly creaked open. Nami merely kept her head down and her body tense as she listened to the door click behind her. Heavy, and uneven steps heading towards her before stopping behind her.
Nami gave a silent gasp as she felt a hand reach for her chin, pulling her eyes to face his. He didn't look mad, nor pleased. Yet he did not look like her Luffy, and with that thought Nami could feel herself shake as he held her still.
She shivered as Luffy lowered his lips to whisper into her ear.
"My little Neko, stop trying to run. You can hate me for now, but I'll make you choose me in the end."
Nami's eyes widened to his words. Had he been playing dumb this whole time? It was with this Nami realized that he was going to try a new approach instead of his joyous denial.
It seemed now it was going to be fear he would use against her to make her stay.
Nami was quick to retaliate. Slapping his hand away to show that his tricks would not work on her. She would not fail next time, she would gain her freedom and friends back.
'Luffy.' She said in her mind.
Though she was trying to be strong, again her tears began to seep out and she was forced to turn away from his stare and choke back her tears. Nami could do nothing as she felt Luffy's lips begin to massage and trail up her arm. The young man now playing with her before setting his head against her shoulder.
Nami felt pathetic. How could she ever let herself become so vulnerable and weak? She couldn't pinpoint the exact time or action that had made her this way, perhaps it was because she was away from her Luffy. Perhaps his strength was her's as well. She would somehow have to gain that strength back if she ever wanted to escape from her chains now.
"He's not blind…"
Nami tensed lightly to Luffy's sudden words, her tears halting for a second as she sniffled to understand what he was saying.
"What?" She whispered, her eyes tearing towards Luffy as he lifted his head off of her shoulder.
Nami watched as Luffy stared towards her fishbowl.
"He's not blind." Luffy stated again, though his words were somewhat harsher.
It was with this Nami turned her eyes towards her panda colored fish, Trovarme. She watched slightly fascinated as the fish swam with his belly up. Her fish and Luffy staring intently at one another. Though Nami's eyes quickly sunk as she watched Luffy march and reach for her small pet aggressively.
"This fish tricked me, he isn't blind!" Luffy finally cried with rage, picking the delicate fish roughly up with his fingers and marching out of the room with him.
Nami was quick to follow, her heart now racing for her small pet.
"Wait!" She called as she raced for Luffy.
"What're doing? Who cares if he can see or not!"
Nami's heart sunk as she spotted Luffy halting on the ships deck, his eyes peering over the railing before bringing his hand, and Trovarme, high above him. The orange hair girl was quick to identify his action.
"Stop it!" Nami screeched, throwing herself just in time to pull down Luffy's arm and Trovarme.
As Luffy's angry eyes fell onto Nami, the girl couldn't help but speak calmly to him.
"Why?" She questioned, keeping a firm hold onto his arm.
"Why are you like this all of a sudden? Who cares if the fish can see or can't see, you should be happy he can finally take in the world around him."
'At least I know, the real Luffy would be happy…' Nami finished her last sentence in her mind, though happy to see the boy in front of her close his eyes and taking calm breaths now.
Slowly Nami pulled her arm back, she decided that Trovarme was no longer in any threat so she began to reach for the fish. Hoping to return him safely to his fishbowl before he suffocated.
As soon as Nami's finger lightly touched the fish though, Luffy quickly opened his angry eyes. Tearing the fish away from her grasp, Nami watched horrified as he lifted the fish back over the rail. His eyes set on her pleading ones, he slowly drew his hand open. Smirking as he watched Nami's shocked expression before she peered over the rail, hoping to see her small fish somehow thriving in the water below.
"Why?" She whispered, tears forming under her eyes before whipping them back around angrily towards Luffy.
"Why did you do that?"
Nami's jaw dropped as she watched Luffy reach for the pink haired girl that had been silently watching the two, her chalk scattered all around her and her eyes peering up curiously to Luffy as he picked her up.
"What're doing?" Nami desperately asked, though shook in her spot as she watched Luffy begin to drag the small girl towards his room.
"Leave her alone… please…"
Nami cried, now racing towards Luffy as he opened his door. Though, she halted in her steps as he turned to look down at her.
"You tell those girls," Luffy began "that if they try anything funny, she'll be the one to pay for it."
Nami's eyes widened as she watched him nudge his head towards Belina.
"No." Nami began again, almost in a whisper.
"Stop. You can't do this… You can't be like this… This isn't Luffy."
As if ignoring her, Luffy let a grin spread again across his face. His lips leaning in towards Nami's shocked state before planting a soft peck on her lips.
"Stop…please." Nami pleaded as she shook with fear, watching the young man leaning in closer back into his room.
"Why are you doing this?"
"Isn't it obvious?" Luffy grinned.
"It's because I love you, Nami. Shishishi…"
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