"Line 'em up! Let's make this quick."
Nami hissed as she felt the chains in front of her forcefully dragging her past the tall, concrete gate. Like sheep, they were all being lined up and examined by there so called 'shepherds' who all wore the bold, blue words on them, Marine.
Nami merely peered for seconds at her new environment, passing one concrete gate to be greeted by another. Though, the large buildings passed that gate were tall enough to tower above the wall and it didn't take her long to figure where they were.
"Prison…" She whispered to herself.
Within seconds her head and eyes were back to the snowy ground below her, a light ponder occurring to her when she noticed no more tears escaped her eyes. That ponder turning into another question in her head.
'Why do I no longer feel sad?'
Nami only blinked in thought, drowning out the Marine's orders all around her as she instead listened to her own voice in her head. Trying to distinguish her emotions at the moment so as to act properly on them, until her eyes frantically darted across the ground when she could not sense a feeling within her.
'Why,' she cried in her head, 'can't I cry? What is this feeling?'
Nami could feel her heart pace as she grew desperate to distinguish her personal 'views' on the events that had happened. Why was she there again, she had asked herself in hopes that she had not forgotten all that as well. Unfortunately, she was quick to remember.
'That's right…' Nami spoke in her mind, feeling her heavy breathing begin to calm.
'I killed him.'
Nami raised her eyes to stare at the white clouds above her, never flinching as the icy wind and snow blew harshly down on her face. Though she had settled, Nami still wondered why no tears would escape her eyes at her selfish act. Why could she not cry for the young man's life, his glory and dream all stolen by her rash decisions? She could not even feel herself giving any sort of pity to his situation and it bothered her greatly.
She had been crying moments earlier, her heart heavy with sorrow and despair. The thought of killing off the only person who had set her free from her emotional cage, that was Arlong, had sent her through a wave of emotions earlier. So, why was it she could not feel anything at this very desperate hour?
She knew it was certainly not joy or happiness she felt for her savior's death. Even if she had somehow wanted him dead, his kind acts and selflessness deeds he did for her part would surely settle her with a heavy heart and guilt-filled feeling.
Yet, she could not locate any emotion.
Staring her bright eyes still towards the dark clouds she quickly decided that this feeling now, a feeling of nothing let alone one she couldn't distinguish, was the worse feeling in the world to her. This emotion made her feel so empty, so pitiful at her own self, so ashamed she could not cry for her lost captain.
It made her feel extremely lost.
"Luffy…" Nami mouthed, keeping her eyes towards the sky still.
She was oblivious to the souls around her, both Marines and prisoners. Nami did not watch as one by one prisoners were now being quickly examined, a few of them being separated from their lines while others remained, shaking were they stood. She had drowned out cries of anguish as a few prisoners fought back against the Marines, obviously aware at what decision had been placed on their life. She held no concern for herself or anyone else as the guards inched closer and closer towards her line, almost as if unaware or uncaring at what fate they would choose for her.
"Oi, what's your name?"
Though Nami made no attempt to turn her head or eyes away from the sky above, she mentally sneered. It seemed the man behind her would still not let up with his constant questions and words of encouragement for the poor girl. She was quick to tell herself that he had irritated her greatly during their march to this prison. Never letting her give up to bring herself to her knees. He had forbidden her to find eternal rest in the blanket of white and instead had brought her here. He had made her run, making sure she would no longer falter with her thoughts until she was where she was now.
He had refused to let her die and join Luffy, even though she begged for nothing more.
For that reason, he was an irritation to her. Where she wanted to give up, he would not let her and it bothered her greatly. So instead of giving in to his question, she remained still and emotionless. Never answering or giving any recognition that she had heard him.
"C'mon…" He spoke again, the smile and playful tease evident in his voice.
"I just wanna know your name."
Nami merely blinked her eyes as the question passed her ears again. For what reason did the man behind her urge his curiosity? It was evident there was nothing he would gain by answering that question, so instead she remained silent. Her eyes and head finally falling as one Marine made his way to their line. The girl in the very front of Nami's line now being questioned, until she was un-chained and separated from them. Tears falling from her eyes as she seemed to accept her fate.
It was then Nami decided to listen in on what was happening around her. Her head and eyes falling as she focused towards the ground and listened to the eldest man in front of her answer the Marine's questions with venom in his words.
"Name." The Marine asked, a bored expression on his face as he went through his list to pinpoint the old man's name.
The marine only sniffed as he placed a finger on his parchment, his expression never changing as he spoke out the old pirate's fate.
"Pirate Olay Lu." He began, sniffing again before continuing.
"A measly 5,000,000 beri bounty… Your captain was killed along with the rest of your crew. You are the only one left of your crew."
The old man in front of Nami merely sighed at the words, almost grieving at the remembrance of it all.
"You have nothing left." The marine again spoke, turning his bored eyes to the old man.
"The only thing you have to offer us is that poor excuse of a bounty. Though, you know as well as I you're not needed to live in order for us to collect that money."
Taking in the silent command, two Marines marched passed the sniffling one. Unlocking the older male from his chains, and carrying him away from Nami and the rest of her line and pass closed gates. Surely a fate for him as the girl that was at the lead of Nami's line, as well as many others around her.
It seemed only a few now remained chained at their spots, Marines all around them with guns ready had they decided to act up. Nami half wondered yet half knew where ones like the old man and the lady were now being sent off to. Even though the truth was grim, Nami couldn't help but speak in her mind.
'Lucky…' She thought, hoping to now share the same deadly fate as them as the Marines stepped to face her.
"Name." He stated.
Nami never answered, merely keeping her head down in hope that this would somehow be view as an act of retaliation. She hoped those guns would be pointed towards her. She silently pleaded for those echoing bangs to be the last noises ringing in her ears. She begged to share the same fate she gruesomely did upon her captain.
"Please…" Nami whispered, her head hanging low.
"Just kill me."
"Eh?" The Marine drawled, though he had heard Nami perfectly well.
"Say that again, a little more loudly. I can't understand your mumbling."
A sinister grin spread wide across the Marine's face, his own gun now against Nami's head as he poked her lightly with it.
"Let everyone hear it." He grinned once more.
"Bring their hopes farther down, and I'll end it for you…"
Nami didn't need a second thought as her pleas now seemed to be finally answered. She deserved death, that was without a question. She had killed the only man who had saved her, she deserved no right to be talked out of it or be forgiven for her action. She could and dared not face anyone, including her own crew.
She deserved the same fate as Luffy.
"Kill-" She began but was forced to stop as she felt her body begin to fall.
As her knees hit the cold, stone floor, she half wondered why her legs had given out that moment. But as the Marine beside her spoke and marched now to the young man behind her, she was quick to realize what had happened. It wasn't fate, but an act of the man behind her kicking her legs and bringing her to the ground to silence her.
Again, the guy behind her refused her death. Again, he saved her from ending all of her pain just to force her to live longer in this cold, grim, dreadful world, and with that thought Nami scowled with hate. Why couldn't he just leave her be?
"Well, well…" The Marine spoke, amusement now evident in his bored expression.
"I thought even pirate's had a little more respect than kicking woman down."
With the Marine now focused on the man behind Nami, the young girl in front had nothing left but to listen on for his fate. Since he had stolen Nami's suddenly away.
"Name." The Marine began his routine again.
"Skip!" The man behind Nami beamed, his answer all with a smile.
"Skipple P. Witz."
Nami tilted her head curiously as whispers began to echo all around her, most of them in surprise and shock. Whether it be from pirates or Marines all around her, it seemed the man behind her held a famous name.
"S-Skip?" The sniffling Marine repeated, his face in awe as he looked at the man, it seemed he too knew of Skip's reputation and legacy.
The Marine quickly coughed to regain his composure. It was with this Nami slowly raised herself back up from the cold ground, listening on as she hung her head.
"I thought I told you to spare no Akuma no Mi users." The Marine spat, facing his comrades.
'Akuma no Mi user?' Nami silently asked, wondering now why this Skip had not used his powers to escape before and even now.
"Skip… Don't try anything now, you cannot use your powers to gain anything. Including your life." The marine began again, his eyes narrowing and turning to the Marine thugs around him.
"Take him. He has nothing to offer us as well."
It was with this Nami slightly raised her head. He too had grown lucky and now shared the same fate as the rest of her line. Only now she stood solo in the line, somehow this dark world wanted to torture her a bit longer. It had maybe decided that she still deserved to suffer for stealing her Captain's honor.
As Nami heard the chain rustle behind her to Skip's movement, something inside her stomach began to stir. She wasn't sure what it was, but her body it seemed was quick to react. She told her mind that this wasn't her, that she truly didn't care. She refused to believe she did this on her own and instead blamed her body upon acting on its own.
Whether it truly was Nami or just a subconscious act hidden deep inside her, the girl whipped her head quickly behind her and called out to the young man who had refused to let her give in her life.
"Nami!" She cried out, her lips rolling back as she realized her mistake before whispering it once again.
"My name is Nami..."
Nami's eyes widened as she finally caught a glimpse of Skip. He was young, maybe a few years older than herself. His hair was a deep blue, and his body showed off his muscles. Though, none of that mattered now as he was being escorted to his fate.
Somehow, as he stared back at Nami's sudden outburst, she couldn't tear her eyes away from his giant grin. His wide, toothy smile reminding and replicating that of a certain captain she once knew. For a moment she swore she could see Luffy's smile and eyes within that young man, but as he spoke, Luffy's face quickly vanished. Though, Skip still held a heart-warming smile.
"Nami." He repeated, his eyes full of curiosity and delight.
"Like a little wave."
'Little wave?' Nami thought to herself, wondering why he had to emphasize 'little' to her name.
"Let's go Skip." One of the Marine's spoke, his hand resting on the young man's shoulder and ordering him to follow.
As soon as Nami realized her action, she quickly turned her head back down in front of her. Scolding and questioning herself as to why she had done that. How could that man hold so much power to bring her to do that? She quickly dismissed the idea as his footsteps disappeared.
It would no longer matter, his fate was sealed. As was hers it seemed as two other Marines marched their way towards her.
"Dorobo Neko no Nami." One of them spoke, watching as Nami moved none to his words.
"You're coming with us. It seems the Vice Admiral would like a word with you.
Nami kept her eyes firmly towards the red carpet they all walked on. Slowly her and her escorts, the two Marines, made their way down the decorated hallway. It was first stepping into this fine building that Nami now knew how foreign warmth felt on her body.
It had been quite some time Nami was privileged to actually have some sort of shelter around her. The winds cold breath now never reaching her neck as instead her body shook from uneasiness. It too seemed unfamiliar of the heat.
Her attention was brought back as one of the Marines knocked on the door they now stood in front of.
"Vice Admiral Rottweiler…" The Marine spoke, tapping against the door lightly.
"Sorry for the interruption, but we've brought her like you've asked."
There was a long pause before an answer echoed through the door.
Nami only hung her head as the Marines literally dragged her seemingly lifeless body inside. She did not care now where she was nor who it was that had asked for her. So instead she remained distant and lost in her empty mind. Not caring at what was to happen to her life now, though she did still wish for it to end and soon.
"Sit her down."
Those words only passed Nami's ears and vanished like a breeze, her mind and focus still blank and the Marines lowered her to the soft, red chair. Merely watching her in light bewilderment at her lack of response, though the Marines simply stood back behind her to face their admiral as well.
A desk was what separated the pirate girl and Vice Admiral, though Nami still made no acknowledgment to him or to the surroundings around her. She merely kept her body slumped awkwardly in the chair and her eyes gazing to her feet. Her mind and feelings all empty at the moment.
'Why can't I feel?' Nami again questioned in her mind.
"Would you like some tea?"
With these words, Nami was finally brought back into the world she was now in. Taking in the voice in front of her she peered up slightly, watching as a cup was shoved gently across the desk towards her.
Nami's body shivered as she literally watched the steam uprise from the warm liquid, and licked her lips as she remembered how parched she was. How long had it been again since something warm had touched her lips? When was the last time she had quenched her thirst?
Nami couldn't help but lift a shaking hand towards the delicate cup, her cold body and dry throat begging for the liquid treat. But as quick as she was to lift to warm drink, she let it slip from her fingers. The glass cup breaking under her as hot tea began to stain the red carpet below.
The Marines behind her were quick raising their guns towards Nami, reacting as if her sudden action was some sort of disrespect or retaliation to their Vice Admiral. They brought their guns back down when their Vice Admiral raised a hand to cease them, his eyes after returning back to the slumped, shaking girl in front of him.
'What were you thinking?' Nami's mind screamed.
Nami couldn't help but shudder as her mind reprimanded her, the very thought of her taking a sip of that warm tea was unthinkable.
'You don't deserve that tea!' Her mind continued.
'Don't forget what you did to Luffy. Do you think you deserve tea while Luffy can no longer have any?'
"…No." Nami mumbled.
Vice Admiral Rottweiler had to raise an eyebrow as the girl whispered, unsure if she was speaking to him. He remained silent as he continued to watch the girl, intrigue and curiosity getting the better at him.
'You don't deserve tea, you don't deserve to be in this warm room… You don't deserve to even be alive anymore!' Nami's mind again raced with words.
'How dare you try to even reach out for that cup. You don't deserve any kindness, especially from Marines!'
"Sorry…" Nami whispered to herself, though the Admiral in front of her had heard it too well.
"It's quite alright." Rottweiler answered back, mistaking her apology.
"I suppose we should just get down to business."
Pulling the tea aside, he did not pour Nami another cup. Fortunate for the girl's part. Instead he leaned forward on his desk, his face serious now as he stared at the pirate girl in front of him.
"Where is he?" Rottweiler spoke, no emotion showing in his voice.
Nami flinched lightly to the question, quickly reminded as to what she had previously done and why she was here.
'They couldn't find his body…' Nami spoke in her mind, grateful now that at least her best friend's body was spared from his enemies touch.
"Dead." Nami answered apathetically.
"…I killed him."
Only when Rottweiler stood did Nami finally turn her eyes up to watch him. A heavy sigh escaping his lips as he stood from his desk to wander towards a window. His eyes following the snowflakes outside as he spoke.
"That's what I keep hearing. That the famous Monkey D. Luffy has died. Yet my men and dogs can't find a single trace of him in that forest."
Nami merely blinked to his phrase, unsure as to what this man now hoped to gain.
"I refuse to help you locate his body." Nami finally spoke.
"I'd rather be shot dead than dragged back to that forest. I will not hand him over to you!"
Nami poured out whatever strength she had left in her weak body to that statement. Watching as the Admiral merely shook his head to her words, almost a small smirk emerging on his face.
"No." He answered as his eyes kept outside.
"No, that won't be necessary. I know your captain is dead, that doctor confirmed it for me. He's not going anywhere anytime soon."
Nami slightly hissed to those words, still not wanting to accept the obvious.
"It's only a matter of time before we find it. Probably within tomorrow."
With another heavy sigh, Rottweiler turned back towards Nami. Slowly sitting himself back to his previous seat, and pouring himself another hot cup of tea.
"The question now is what do I do with you?" He spoke, his eyes turning away from his drink to stare into Nami's eyes.
As their gaze met Nami quickly hung her head. There was nothing worse he could do to her than death, and Nami openly begged for it. So her fate at the moment didn't concern her, she felt no fear or emotion as he spoke those words to her. His threat at the moment could not phase her.
"16,000,000 Beli." Rottweiler spoke with muse.
"That's quite a bit a money, you fetch a good price."
"I'm not needed to be alive for that money." Nami retaliated.
"I don't care about my life anymore."
The admiral chuckled lightly to Nami's proposal.
"True." He said.
"Very true. Your comrades though may be willing to pay more for your safe return."
It was with these words Nami whipped her head quickly back up, wide eyes staring towards the Admiral.
"You have to understand, I'm a man of money. This facility, my men, we can fill more in our pockets than we can with your dead body."
"What are you saying?" Nami asked, her wide eyes slowing turning into a glare.
"If my friends can somehow pay more than what my bounty is worth, you'll let me go?"
Nami watched as Rottweiler pulled out a quill and paper, slowly sliding it towards the pirate girl.
"As a man of justice, I can't say those words." Rottweiler spoke.
"I can however send your message to them if you choose to live."
It was with those words Nami turned her eyes to the paper and quill presented before her. Pondering lightly at the thought of returning to her crew.
'They'll never accept what you did to Luffy…' Her mind sunk her decision in for her.
"That's right." Nami whispered to herself, her stare once again fading blank.
"There's no way I can go back to them. Not after what I did, I don't deserve this option."
Turning her distant eyes back up towards the Admiral, Nami slowly pushed the parcel away from her.
"I refuse." She apathetically spoke, never flinching as she saw the Admiral's face fall.
"Is that so?" He asked, biting his cheek in thought.
"Well then. I'll just have to ask your crew for you."
It was with this Nami's eyes widen slightly.
"You can't do that!" She cried.
"My life is my choice!"
Rottweiler was quick to send a signal to his two guards. Both of them quick at snatching up the orange haired girl and dragging her away towards the door.
"I'll find Mugiwara No Luffy's body, and strike a deal with your crew for your life and the body of your captain." Rottweiler grinned towards Nami.
"In the mean time, enjoy your stay here. Oh, and before I forget…"
The admiral was quick as he reached in his drawer, pulling out the object of desire and flinging it Nami's way. The guards released her arms as she reached to catch the object. Her breath drawing harshly back and choking on it as her wides eyes stared at the item in her hand.
"Luffy…" Nami hissed, her body shaking as she stared down to the familiar straw hat in her hands.
She had forgotten that the hat had been whipped from her head the moment the Marines surrounded her. She mentally scolded herself for forgetting her captain's most precious treasure.
"I'm sorry." Nami whispered holding the hat now tightly to herself as the guards again reached for the arms.
It was with this Nami could feel the despair washing through out her again, and she could feel that familiar burn returning to her eyes. No tears escaped from her eyes though, and again she wondered why she felt so lost in all this.
Nami slowly fluttered her eyes open, a white enveloping her eyesight. Her vision blurred, though she could feel the cold, hard ground under her.
'What am I laying on? Where am I?' She questioned.
Her eyes shutting once again as memories flooded back.
'I must have passed out.'
Opening her eyes once again, Nami's focus was able to take in the steel bars around her. With a heavy sigh, the young girl closed her eyes again. Waiting, hoping still fate would help her out at the moment. Never did she stir again until an eruption filled the hallway.
Voices were murmuring, all of them women, and as Nami again opened her eyes she curiously watched as girls on the other side of the bars were scurrying to their barred up windows.
Nami sluggishly pushed herself slightly, peering behind her to take in her own caged window. Light flakes falling in as she made her way slowly towards it, curiosity getting the better of her in her little prison cell.
She stood on her tiptoes, her face barely reaching up towards the small opening. Yet she was still able to see, and it only took her eyes a few seconds to focus to the light on the outside world.
"That'll be our fate soon if our crew don't come and pay us out of here."
Nami listened to one of the girls on the other cell speak, her eyes as well locked onto what was happening outside. Nami blinked, spotting the girls outside. Each of them lined up horizontally with their hands tied behind their backs, blindfolds across all of their eyes.
Nami's eyes widened as she took sight of the Marines across from them, guns resting on their sides as they kept their heads up high and proud to this deadly action. It with this Nami was quick to decipher what was happening in this scene.
Nami continued to stare as the Marines raised their rifles, each one pointing straight for the tied up prisoners. Their fate all about to end and imbed itself in her mind.
Nami gasped as her view then was changed into pitch black, a small yelp escaping her lips as she felt her body begin to fall towards the ground.
"You mustn't watch!"
Nami cringed and rubbed her bottom at the impact of her falling back, turning her eyes towards the person who had blocked her view from witnessing death. She figured their deaths were not of importance or shock as prisoners in other cells merely turned from their windows, no sorrow in their eyes. Nami blinked as her eyes locked with green ones, a young girl with brown hair knelt down beside Nami. Her most distinguishable feature being her swollen belly.
'She's pregnant.' Nami said in her mind, seeing that these Marines truly spared no one.
Nami was only brought back when she saw the girl place a hand on her belly, letting Nami know she knew of her obvious circumstance.
"I hope it's a girl. I know my captain would love that…"
Though the girl spoke with hope of conversation in her words, Nami simply lowered her body again to the hard, cold floor. Her eyes still distant and lost.
"I'm so sorry if I hurt you." The girl again spoke.
"My name is Peaches."
Nami only lowered her eyes to the girls words, her arms wrapping the familiar straw hat against her chest.
'Luffy…' Nami whined, still unable to sought out tears to shed.
"I just didn't want you to watch. It can become pretty hopeless when you watch someone die in front of you." Peaches continued to speak.
"Especially when it's someone you were just speaking to or becoming friends and close with… You can't give up on the hope yet that you will get out of here safe and sound."
'I gave up hope a long time ago.' Nami secretly answered back, clinging harder on the straw hat.
'Death doesn't faze me anymore. I know of my fate already, and accept it.'
"Is your crew going to bail you from here…?" The young woman continued, one again placing a hand on her stomach.
"If your in here with me that must mean you are."
Nami shut her eyes tighter at the thought of her crew peering down at her with accusing glares.
"They usually only put prisoners who are going to have the same outcome into the same cells." The girl continued, a light smile on her face.
"It makes it easier for them when it comes to feeding time. The ones who are stuck here forever, they skip their meals usually all the time."
The young lady again picked up her head to watch Nami, seeing her clutch the straw hat even tighter.
"What's that?" Peaches exclaimed, scooting herself closer to Nami and pointing towards her chest.
It was with this Nami peered her eyes open and down towards the tightly clung on straw hat. It felt like a string of electricity shot through Nami's heart at the question, her breath coming out heavier as she answered and stared at the treasured item. As if it were truly a stupid question to be asking, though obligation course through Nami's body and mind, telling her she should continue to speak on about his legacy for however longer she had. Since it had been her who had stolen it away.
"L-Luffy's…" Nami breathed out, a look of light shock plastered on her face as she continued to stare at the hat.
Peaches merely tilted her head in question, unfamiliar with the name.
"Luffy?" She questioned.
Nami crumple the straw hat lightly with her now tightening grip to that question, her body now draining with fatigue at the remembrance of her best friend and captain. She shook lightly as to why she could feel no grief or deep remorse for her actions.
"My captain." Nami whispered out, once again laying herself back down but this time placing the delicate hat over her face.
"Oh!" Peaches chirped, once again placing a hand onto her stomach.
"So that's your captain's hat? He gave it to you? Perhaps you and him are close to one another like me and my captain."
Peaches smiled lightly as she looked down towards her belly.
"After all, he gave me something to hold onto too while I wait for him."
The two were quiet as one another drifted into their own thoughts. Nami's of despair while Peaches couldn't help but smile and rub her stomach as her thoughts passed through her.
"I love my captain, he's my everything and I him. Were lovers. How about you how close are you to yours?" Peaches asked, her smile falling as she took in Nami's silent and pitiful look.
Nami never answered the question, and telling herself not to ponder on it and she shut her eyes tighter. The straw hat still covering Nami's expression. Only after a few minutes of silence did Peaches finally sigh and scoot herself closer to Nami's head. Her hand found rest onto the girl's orange locks as a sad expression swept over her.
She finally understood Nami's silent anguish.
Slowly Peaches brushed Nami's hair in sympathy, speaking out one last time with words of encouragement before letting Nami silently rest for however long she wished.
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."
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