Chapter 1- The Kitten
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The Going Merry sails with its crew toward another island in the Grand Line.
On deck, Luffy is happily sitting on his special seat as everyone else do what they usual do during free time.
Robin was reading her book as she sipped some of her drink.
Sanji was cooking in the kitchen as he prepared Nami and Robin's lunches.
Zoro was weight training on the other side of the ship, as Chopper ran around with Usopp for some random reason.
Nami was quietly working on a map in her room as the crew continued their activities.
"Honestly, can't they be a little quieter?" Nami asked out loud even though no one could hear her.
She stood up and opened the door to her room, and heard a loud thunk on the deck. Nami looked around the door to see Usopp on the ground while clutching his nose in pain.
"Gomen, Usopp." Nami said without looking at the sharpshooter and walked over to her chair and sat down on it.
Chopper wrapped up Usopp's nose and the two watched Nami from behind the railing.
"How can she be so calm after hurting my nose?"
"Maybe she doesn't care?"
Usopp and Chopper continued to watch Nami until Sanji burst out of the kitchen and called out.
The entire crew entered the dining room, and as Sanji brought out the food, Luffy instantly started to quickly grab and stuff food into his mouth.
"Oi, Luffy! Leave some for us!" Zoro shouted and lunged his fork at Luffy's hand as it tried to steal some of his food.
Luffy snapped back his hand, but continued to swipe food from everyone.
Nami's vein pulsed and she stood up and walked over to Luffy.
"Eh? What is it, Nami?"
Nami smiled calmly and suddenly punched Luffy off his chair.
"Leave some for us!" Luffy rubbed his cheek in pain and stared up at Nami with a pout.
Nami stared back down and then walked back and sat down in her seat again, and went back to calmly eating as everyone looked at her.
"She should be Captain…"
"Nami-san sure is strong when she's angry."
"Should we change the flag if she becomes Captain?"
"No, we keep it the same just in case. Besides, the Great Captain Usopp shall not bow down to her!"
Luffy stood up and wiped the dust of his clothes as he sat back down and went back to eating.
Everyone looked at Luffy and then back at Nami, and then back to Luffy.
"I can't tell, is Nami mad, or is she just annoyed?"
"Don't know, don't want to find out."
Nami looked over at Chopper and Usopp who backed their chairs a few feet to avoid Nami's evil glare.
Nami stared back down at her food until lunch was over.
The crew went back to their usual jobs after lunch and Luffy calmly walked back to Merry's head and stared out at the ocean.
Zoro sat down against the mast, and shortly fell asleep afterwards.
Nami went back to her room to continue her map, and Robin went back to reading as if nothing had happened.
Usopp and Chopper looked around at the rest of the crew and then at Luffy.
"I wonder what Luffy thinks about up there?" Chopper asked as he stared at Luffy's back, and Usopp shrugged.
"How about you go ask him?" Chopper looked at Usopp who turned around and walked away as Chopper stared from Usopp to Luffy and then slowly walked toward Merry's head.
"Luffy?" Luffy turned his head to see Chopper looking up at him.
Luffy grinned and turned his body around so he was facing Chopper. "Hi Chopper! What's up?"
"I wanted to know what your thinking about up there."
Luffy was silent for a moment as Chopper stared at him curiously.
"I just think about stuff."
"What kind of stuff?"
"No, there's more."
Luffy lowered his head so his eyes were concealed and he said.
Chopper stared at Luffy curiously until Luffy raised his head and asked. "Is there any more food? I'm hungry."
Later that day, the Going Merry found a small island and docked there as the crew started to climb onto the dock.
"Me and Robin are going shopping, okay?"
Nami and Robin walked down a street and disappeared from view as the rest of the crew watched them leave.
Sanji then took out a map of the island Nami had given them, and quickly searched for the market.
"I might as well stock up on food, we're running low."
Sanji tossed the map to Usopp and then walked down a different street.
Zoro yawned and stretched his arms as he just simply walked down a random street and disappeared into the crowd of people.
Usopp held the map up in front of them, and looked over it and then his eyes lit up.
"Hey, there's a park on this island! Wanna go there?"
"Sure!" Chopper's eyes sparkled as Usopp turned to Luffy and asked.
"Nah, I'll just go walking around like Zoro."
"Suit yourself, just don't get lost like him."
Usopp and Chopper walked down the street Zoro took and also disappeared into the crowd.
Luffy stood on the dock for a while until he started to walk toward a random street.
Luffy looked around to see a tall man wearing a deep blue jacket standing nearby.
"What is it, Ossan?"
"Have you lost a cat?"
"No. I don't have a cat."
"I see, thanks anyway."
The man turned to leave until Luffy called after him.
"Do you need help finding the cat?"
The man turned around and stared at Luffy in surprise and then slowly nodded.
"Really? Arigato!" The man said, and Luffy walked toward the man and asked.
"What's the cat's name?"
"I don't know."
"What does it look like?"
"I don't know."
Luffy was becoming somewhat annoyed at the man who didn't even know what the cat he was looking for, looked like.
"Do you know anything about the cat?"
"Then how are we supposed to find it?"
"It should be easy. The cat is bigger than usual cats."
"Really!? How big?!"
"…Probably as big as you."
Luffy eyes sparkled and he quickly ran down the street while shouting.
"Here kitty, kitty, kitty!"
The man sweat dropped as Luffy disappeared from view, and then he walked down the street toward the market.
Sanji was looking around the market, until he heard someone call out.
"Hey. Over here!"
Sanji turned to see the man with the deep blue jacket waving at him.
"What do you want?"
"Have you seen a cat as big as you?"
Sanji stared at the man in surprise and then slowly shook his head.
The man frowned and then turned to walk away.
The man looked around at Sanji, who reached for his cigarette pack and asked.
"This cat is as big as me, right?" The man nodded as Sanji pulled out a cigarette, lit it, and then took a long drag from it.
"Whatever, what does this cat look like?"
"I don't know."
"What's it name?"
Sanji was starting to get annoyed and then he somewhat shouted.
"Do you know anything about this cat besides that it is as big as me!?" The man shook his head innocently, and Sanji sighed.
"I'm supposed to be looking for a huge cat, right? If it's huge, I bet it's pretty ugly…" The man shrugged and said.
"Maybe, but then again maybe not."
Sanji nodded slightly and then continued down the street in search for food and a giant cat.
Usopp and Chopper were gasping in awe as they stared at the huge park in front of them.
They both shouted in unison and ran into the park as fast as they could go.
"Look at this place! It's giant!"
"I wonder why it's so big?" Usopp and Chopper stopped running as they saw Zoro ahead of them.
Zoro was scratching his head as he looked around.
"Damn, where am I?" He muttered and then noticed Usopp and Chopper.
"Great! You two, help me out a little!"
Usopp and Chopper walked over to Zoro and stared at him in pity.
"What's with that look?"
"D-Don't hurt me!"
Zoro was about to punch Usopp in the head until someone from behind coughed to get their attention.
The three looked to see the man with the blue jacket smiling at them.
"What do you want?"
"Have you lost a cat?"
"No, we don't have a cat."
"Really? Good, cause I'm looking for a cat about the same size as… you! The long nose kid!"
The man said as he pointed at Usopp. The three stared at the man like he was crazy, and then Zoro asked.
"Huh? A cat as big as Usopp?"
"Really!? Arigato!" The man gave a little bow and straightened up as Usopp started to question him.
"What does the cat look like?"
"I don't know."
"Okay, what color is the cat?"
Usopp began to say until Zoro cut him off by saying.
"I don't think he even knows what the cat is, Usopp." The man looked at Zoro hurt and said.
"I do too! It's a very big cat! See? I know what the cat is!" The three stared at the man like he was crazy again, and Zoro sighed as he turned around and walked away while calling back.
"I'm looking for a giant cat, right?"
"That's right! Arigato!" The man called back and walked down another street.
Usopp and Chopper stared after Zoro and the man and then asked in unison.
"How'd we end up searching for a cat?"
Luffy walked down the street lined with book stores, and then turned down another street as he looked around for the giant cat.
"Here kitty, kitty, kitty!" Luffy called out, which made some people stare at him funny.
Luffy didn't even notice the people staring at him as he continued to call out for the cat.
After a while of calling, Luffy sat down on a bench and sighed.
"I still can't find the cat! I wonder if that guy was lying?" Luffy closed his eyes and felt the gentle breeze hit his face, which made him smile happily.
"Ahh, that feels great!"
Luffy opened his eyes and then stood up and went back to searching.
Luffy soon came to a large deserted area of the town, and looked around until he heard a crashing sound.
Luffy looked around and saw that a trash can had been knocked over nearby.
"Huh?" Luffy walked over and looked around, but saw nobody.
He then looked in a nearby alley, and saw someone crouched down against the wall with their forehead on their knees so their face couldn't be seen.
"Excuse me? Why'd you knock over that can?" Luffy asked to the person, and was surprised when the person almost jumped in the air from fright.
The alleyway was dark, so Luffy couldn't see the person's face, but what he did see caused him to freeze for a moment.
"You have a tail?"
Sanji walked down another street as he carried food toward the ship.
"This town sure has a lot of different kinds of spices. I hope Nami-san and Robin-chan like them!"
Sanji grinned happily as he almost skipped down the street in happiness.
When he reached the ship, he looked around and saw that Robin was already back, and was silently reading. Sanji furrowed his eyebrows when he noticed that Robin wasn't very calm.
She was holding the book unusually tight, and wasn't paying much attention to what she was reading.
"Robin-chan? Are you okay?" Robin looked over and then gave Sanji a small smile.
"Ah, Cook-san. No, everything is not all right. I need you to get the others back here."
"Navigator-san is missing."
Before Robin could say anymore, Sanji had dropped the food, jumped onto the dock and sprinted into the town while shouting.
Robin looked after Sanji and then her smile disappeared as she closed her book and stood up as she looked out at the town in the sunlight.
"I wonder what happened?"
Sanji ran and ran as he shouted Nami's name over and over again.
Sanji suddenly fell to the ground as someone shouted at him.
"Shut the hell up, Dartboard!"
Sanji glared at Zoro as he stood up and spat out.
"Move it, Marimo! I need to find Nami-san!"
"I thought she was with Robin?"
"Robin-chan is back on the ship, but Nami-san isn't!"
"Then where is she?"
"Why do you think I'm shouting her name, Moss Head!? I don't know where she is!"
"You wanna call me that again!?"
"Sure, Lettuce Skull!"
Sanji and Zoro attacked each other, which caused everyone in the street to stare at the two fighting.
The man in the deep blue jacket walked closer and asked.
"If you two have so much fighting, then how about you have a race to see who can find the cat faster?"
Sanji and Zoro stopped, and looked over at the man.
"Okay, that settles it!"
"First to find the cat wins!"
Sanji and Zoro ran down opposite streets as everyone stared at where they had been. The man chuckled a little as the people in the street went back to their activities, and the man said.
"They sure are feisty!"
Usopp and Chopper decided to look in the large park for the giant cat.
Chopper was trying to pick up a cat's scent, but couldn't find any.
"No good. I can't smell any cat nearby."
"Really? Then it must be somewhere else!"
Usopp and Chopper nodded and then casually walked out of the park and back into the busy street.
Sanji suddenly ran by, and Usopp and Chopper watched him turn a corner.
"Why was Sanji running around?"
Suddenly, from the corner Sanji had turned, Zoro ran around and ran past Usopp and Chopper.
"That was Zoro!? Why is he in such a rush? He's normally the one who keeps his cool."
Usopp said and put his hand on his chin as he and Chopper walked down the street and into the market area.
Luffy stared at the person in alleyway, as he watched the person's tail sway back and forth.
"Do you have a Devil Fruit ability?"
The person didn't reply, they just kept their head down on their knees so Luffy still couldn't see their face.
Luffy crossed his arms and knelt down to look at the tail closer.
It was bright orange, but Luffy knew that cats came in orange color a lot, so he wasn't surprised.
Luffy moved his eyes from the tail, onto the person.
The person was strangely, wearing clothes and shoes, but had two small cat ears sticking out of their head.
"You look like a cat! Or maybe a kitten?" Luffy asked as he tilted his head curiously.
The person didn't move at all as Luffy reached up and tapped their tail.
The tail swiftly moved away, and Luffy grinned as he tried to poke it again.
The tail suddenly hit him in the face, and hit him onto the ground.
"Wow! That tail sure is strong!" Luffy said with his eyes sparkling happily.
"Hey, do you wanna join my crew?"
The person remained motionless as their tail moved back and forth calmly.
The person lifted their head up a tiny bit so they could see Luffy.
Luffy pouted because he still didn't know what the person looked like.
The person raised their arms and placed one hand on Luffy's arm and then the other was placed on his shoulder. Luffy stared in confusion as the person moved and then suddenly placed their head on Luffy's shoulder so fast that even Luffy couldn't see it move.
Luffy looked down and his eyes widened in surprise.
The person moved their head so their brown eyes stared up at Luffy almost melancholy.
Luffy didn't move as he sat there with the cat-person leaning their head against his shoulder and looking up at him.
The cat-person's ears twitched and Luffy slowly started to say.
XD Hahahaha! Cliffhanger!
Matte means wait
Hai means yes or understood
Urusai means to basically shut up
O.o What a strange beginning... If you like this story, feel free to review!...please?