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Chapter 15: Avalanche!
Luffy, Haku, Sanji and the three snow hares gaped at the fact that they were creating an avalanche.
"So how are you guys at handling an avalanche?" asked Luffy.
"Mommy!" cried Steve.
"I believe that answered your question…" muttered Flopsy.
"We have to be very careful." Said Mopsy.
That was when the snow hares began to run away.
"What are we going to do?" asked Luffy.
"Try to run away." Said Haku.
The three snow hares ran as fast they could. However the Lahpan were riding pieces of wood like snowboards.
"Oh great… we're getting attacked by ski bunnies." Said Flopsy
"Lame!" said Mopsy.
"Either way we have to get out of here!" said Haku.
Everyone else nodded in agreement.
The Lahpan however continued their attacks which the snow hares tried to dodge.
"What are we going to do?" asked Luffy.
"I don't know if… but…" said Haku, "I might have to use my Jutsu!"
"That's not good." Said Flopsy, "You might not have enough Chakra!"
"I know… that's what the problem is…" sighed Haku.
"That's bad!" said Steve.
"Wait! I have an idea!" said Flopsy, "Let's try to get on one the trees."
"Good idea!" said Haku.
They managed to jump on one the trees coming down with the rest of the mountain.
"We'll be able to coast on this until it ends." Said Haku.
That was when they saw a large rock with torn away tree stumps coming out the snow.
"We're going to fast to change direction!" yelled Haku.
That was when Sanji jumped off his rabbit and kicked the log as he could, diverting it, but he was getting swept up in the snow.
"Sanji!" shouted Luffy.
"It's all or nothing!" shouted Haku.
He began to channel his Chakra, causing the snow sweep Sanji out of the snow allowing Luffy to grab him.
"Good job Haku." Said Luffy.
He turned to see Haku passed out.
"He used all of his charka." Said Mopsy.
"Noooooo!" shouted Steve.
"It's mild though… he's going to be unconscious for a while. But I don't think this ice will be good for him." Said Flopsy.
"Don't worry, he gave us enough charka to make sure you get up to those big mountains." Said Mopsy.
Luffy nodded and they waited out the avalanche before continuing.
Lower on the mountain, the group that went to find the doctor their own way got stuck in the snow.
"How are we going to get this out?" asked Usopp.
"I know, we should think outside the box." Said Naruto.
"No!" said Hinata and Gaara.
"Does it have to do with the Mongooses?" asked Jiraiya.
"Unfortunately yes." Said Hinata.
Gaara sighed and got his sand ready.
That was when there was a lot of rumbling.
"It's an avalanche!" yelled Usopp.
Gaara knew what he had to do, he created a large dome of sand to protect them.
"Will this protect us?" asked Usopp.
"The snow isn't Chakra enhanced so the sand will protect us." Explained Gaara.
"Yeah… Gaara's sand can stand up to anything." Said Naruto.
"Almost anything." Corrected Gaara.
After the rumbling ended Gaara began to shift the sand.
"You might want to duck and cover." He said.
There was an explosion and they were out.
"We're okay." Said Vivi breathing a sigh of relief.
That was when they heard moaning, they turned to where the moaning came from and someone came out of the snow… Zoro… who didn't have a shirt on.
"Hey Zoro… what are you doing here?" asked Naruto.
"I was training." Said Zoro, "What are you doing here?"
"You know you being here is weirder than us being here." Said Naruto.
"Especially since you don't have a shirt." Pointed out Jiraiya.
Zoro looked down… he had to admit they were right.
"We should get back to town." Said Hinata.
"She's right… something's going on." Said Gaara.
And so they decided to head back to town.
With Luffy, he had rescued a Lahpan parent from the snow, it helped him a lot, as he was being followed by Wapol and his men and he didn't know it. He, his unconscious crewmembers and the hares got to the mountain.
"This where we leave you." Said Flopsy, "We don't have enough Chakra to climb up."
Flopsy disappeared in a puff of smoke.
"Good luck." Said Mopsy who too disappeared.
"I like you!" yelled Steve before he too disappeared.
Luffy took a breath, he tied Haku to his chest, while holding Sanji in his mouth. He had a long, touch climb ahead.
Back with the other members of the crew they headed back to town with Zoro bugging Usopp and Naruto for clothes.
"For the last time no! we're not giving you our clothes!" yelled Naruto.
"You know, you can only blame yourself for this one." Said Gaara.
Zoro glared at Gaara who glared back.
They got back to big horn, a bunch of Wapol's men were standing on a mound of snow not letting the towns people dig.
"Let us dig out Dalton!" yelled one of the town's people.
"There's no way we're going to allow that." Said one of the men.
"Dalton's under there?" asked Naruto.
Zoro eyed Wapol's men and ran towards them.
"What is he doing?" asked Jiraiya.
They watched as Zoro beat one of them up and stole his clothes.
"Stealing his clothes apparently." Said Usopp with a sweat drop.
"That's just silly." Said Naruto.
Zoro was enjoying his new coat when some more of the men tried to attack. Zoro took the swords he used while beating them up when one of them suddenly went down.
"Save some for me!" shouted Naruto.
Zoro grinned and nodded… and so the two of them took down the army.
"Hey!" yelled Naruto, "We can dig up Dalton now!"
The town's people nodded with one of them giving a shovel to Naruto.
"Who is Dalton?" asked Zoro.
"If you don't know who he is, ten why did you fight them?" asked Gaara.
There was an awkward silence with the two.
"Forget I asked." Responded Gaara as he joined in the digging.
Luffy had, managed to climb up the rock wall. He was half frozen and bleeding but he was almost there. He got to the top, untied Haku placing him on the ground. He looked at the castle in front of him and collapsed. Unfortunately the ground beneath him gave way, but fortunately a strange hairy creature caught him before he and Nami could fall back down.
Little did the creature knew, things were going to change for him.
Next Time: Nami is saved as they reached the doctor in time. All right! Wait... that's that furry little thing? It's a reindeer that ate a Devil Fruit? That's interesting. What will happen? Find out next time!