Chapter 2

Chapter 2

It was a fine morning indeed. The sky was clear and the sea waves were calm and gentle. A perfect day to relax and go fishing.

Speaking of fishing, an old man and his granddaughter were out not far from the shore fishing on their boat. They've been out there for three hours and they had caught nothing.

"Grandpa, can go home now?" his granddaughter asked, looking at the sea water dejectedly. They've been out in the sea for hours and now she is getting bored.

"One more hour, Leila," her grandfather said.

"Give up, grandpa. We'll not be able to catch anything today," Leila said, rolling her eyes.

"Oh, come on, Leila --" the old man started when suddenly he felt a strong tug on his fishing rod. "I got it! I got it!" the old man shouted excitedly. Leila rushed over to grab her grandfather's waist to keep from falling overboard.

With great effort, they managed to pull out a three feet long silvery grey fish from the sea. "Woo-hoo! What a big fish!" someone said from behind them. They turned around and saw a boy with raven black hair and sticking in all directions, and big eyes looking up at them, grinning. All they could see was his shoulders and his head while the rest his body remains under the surface of the sea.

"Can you let me have some of it after you cooked it?" the boy asked, grinning at them while they still stared at him in silence.

"Who are you?" Leila asked.

"I'm Luffy and I'm hungry."

"Hehe. In that case, we don't mind sparing some for you. This is my granddaughter, Leila and I'm Simon," the old man said, smiling. "Are you out diving? Because I don't see any boat or ship around here and you're not wearing any scuba gear."

Luffy grinned. "I'm just out swimming."

Weird, Simon thought. Did he swim all the way from shore?

"Get on then," he told Luffy, pointing on the boat.

Luffy look at it for a while and said, "No, thanks. I'll just swim right beside your boat."

"Weirdo," Leila said, giving him a look that thinks he's crazy.

Her grandfather just laughed. "Can you keep up?"

"Of course."

He shrugged. "Suit yourself. You'll be exhausted when you reach the shore." Then the old man rows the boat towards the shore.

All the time Luffy remained beside the boat swimming effortlessly. The old man tried rowing faster but Luffy still caught up easily. The old man was getting tired after increasing the speed for a few minutes that he decided to slow down.

Luffy laughed. "You were trying to race with me, weren't you?"

"Were you?" her granddaughter asked him.

Luffy laughed and leaped out of the water and landed back into the sea several feet in front. "AAAHHHHH!! HE ISN'T HUMAN!!" the old man and Leila screamed in shock to see Luffy's tail.

"Yup! I'm not!" Luffy laughed.

"Well, that explains why he can keep up easily and wear a red vest to swim," the old man said to himself dumbly.

After several minutes later, they've reach the shore. They promised to bring some fish back to Luffy after they've cooked it but Luffy had to wait in the sea near the shore. After waiting a little while, Luffy got bored and decided to go deeper into the sea to dive and explore the seabed.

He had fun exploring the seabed. He gets to see the marine life under the sea which he never gets to see because he will drown in sea water for being a devil fruit user. Wow, look at all these weird grasses, he thought excitedly. The 'weird grasses' he called were actually corals. He chased a school of silvery fishes and even try catching them but without luck.

Soon he decided he had enough and swim towards the surface. "That was fun," he said after he broke the surface. "Huh?" he looked around his surroundings and realized he had wandered far away from the shore to be unable to see it. Everywhere he looked, all he saw was endless sea.

Then he heard someone whistled at him. He turned around looking for the person who whistled at him. He saw four fishermen on a fishing boat. One of them beckoned for him to come nearer.

Luffy grinned and swam nearer to them. "What's wrong, boy? Are you lost?" he asked kindly.

"Yeah, can you tell me how to get back to Fiji Island?" Luffy asked as he swam nearer. He was almost at the side of the boat when that man suddenly yelled, "Now!"

"Huh?"

The four fishermen threw a net over Luffy. It happened too fast. Luffy did not even have time to react when he got entangle in the net and dragged up on the boat.

"Quick! Get the rope and tie him up!" One of them yelled. When they got the rope, they opened the net and three of them pinned Luffy down on the boat floor roughly while one of them ties up Luffy's hands. Soon Luffy's hands were tied and his arms were tied up together with his torso. They secured the net around Luffy to keep him from getting free.

"Damn!" Luffy swore as he struggled in the net. The more he struggled the more he got entangled in it. "Let me go, you bastards!" he yelled at them angrily.

"Not a chance, fishboy. We're going to get some money out of you after we sell you to the circus!" one of them said. They all laughed evilly as they watched Luffy struggling in the net. Quickly, they set out to find the circus to sell Luffy off.


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