Sanji sighed as he fixed dinner. Not only was the elixir genuine, but of all the people ihe could have dropped it on - namely himself - it had to fall on those two idiots. Now they two of them were supposedly chick magnets, and the only women around were his beloved Nami-san and Robin-chan. If he could help it there was no way either of the two women were going to fall for those two idiots. He tried to remember what the old man had said about the elixir.
Let's see, he said, it would be most potent on any woman that was already attracted to the wearer in the first place. Well, at least I don't have to worry about that for either Nami-san or Robin-chan. Not to mention, Luffy and Zoro, those two idiots couldn't attract women, even with the elixir.
He knew this wasn't quite true, since he had already seen the effect the drug was having. But lying to himself cheered him up a little bit.
I don't even want to think of what it will be like the next time we make port. The elixir better have worn off by then.
Nami gasped as she woke up, drenched in sweat. She was in her room, Robin was sitting on her own bed reading a book. Nami's clothes were sticky with sweat, and clinging to her uncomfortably. She remembered the dream and blushed, shaking her head to clear her mind. No way, there's no way Luffy would ever do something like that. And even if he tried I wouldn't let him! I think? She went to her drawer, and pulled out a clean set of clothes.
"I'm going to take a shower," she told Robin, heading towards the door.
"That must have been some dream," Robin said from her bed.
Blushing, Nami scratched the back of her head. "Eh, yeah…." She chuckled. When she looked closer she noticed that Robin's face looked unusually flushed. Deciding to ignore it, she yawned and stretched. "I didn't even notice when I'd fallen asleep."
"You dozed off a little after we came into the room."
"Huh," Nami frowned. "Why are we both hiding in here anyway?" She tried to remember, but everything before her nap seemed kind of fuzzy to her. Especially right after she'd went to yell at Luffy and Zoro for making so much noise while she was trying to work.
Luffy… Nami felt the familiar heat from her dream build up again. She shook her head. No. That had been just a dream, she shouldn't be having dreams like that about her captain of all people. Besides, she highly doubted that the real Luffy could compare with her dream Luffy. She shook her head again, this time smacking her cheeks with both hands.
Keeping a look out for her male crew members, lest they saw her in her current flushed state. She made it to the bathroom, and got into the shower. After she had washed the sweat away, she climbed out of the shower and dried herself off. Looking at her old clothes she threw them into the wash bin to clean the smell off them. After she felt she had scrubbed the smell out she snuck back into her room to hang up her garments. She used to have a place outside to hang her laundry. But after some…unpleasantness she'd resorted to hanging more intimate apparel in her room. Away from perverted cooks, skeletons, and idiot captains who thought they were a hat.
Right after she had hung her clothes up to dry, she heard Sanji's voice calling the crew to dinner.
Nami followed Robin into the dining area of the kitchen. Luffy was already at the table, trying to get at the food, while Sanji's foot restrained him.
Nami's face flared up when she saw him. She tried to berate herself for the thoughts that came into her mind, but slowly she found herself sinking into a pink stupor. Almost bemused at her earlier reluctance, she sat down at the table, next to Luffy. Luffy paused struggle against the cook for a moment to look at her, raising an eyebrow when her face turned an even deeper shade of red.
"Oi, Nami, are you alright?" Usopp asked from across the table.
"Huh?" Nami looked up. "I'm fine."
"Then why's your face so red?" Luffy asked.
"No reason, it's just a little warm…"
Luffy shrugged and turned back to the food.
"Not yet, you damn rubber idiot," Sanji snapped. "Is everyone here? Where's that idiot swordsman?"
Nami felt a nerve in her forehead twitch when she heard Sanji insult Luffy, but she remained silent.
"I'm here," Zoro yawned, coming into the kitchen. Nobody noticed Robin tense in her seat, and flush faintly when he took the remaining seat next to her.
"Right… Now we can eat."
Luffy immediately started grabbing all the food that came in his reach—which was anywhere really. Nami slowly ate her food, enjoying the warm feeling from being so close to Luffy.
Usopp, tired of his food being stolen, hid a mousetrap in his food. When Luffy reached to steal from him, the trap snapped shut. Luffy yelped, and pulled his hand back, the trap still stuck on his fingers.
"Oi, Usopp…" He muttered.
"The Hell do you think you're doing!" Nami yelled at Usopp.
"Huh?" Usopp stuttered. "But he was stealing my…"
"Don't you dare try that again, you could have really hurt him!"
Nami settled back down, and everyone looked at her, confused. "What?" She snapped at them, and they all went back to eating, except for Robin, who was looking away from Zoro, while at the same time leaning towards him.
Luffy frowned at Nami, who smiled back at him. "Here," she said. "Let me help you with that." She opened the trap, freeing his fingers. She held his hand in hers for a moment, bringing it up to her lips, to kiss the tips of his fingers. She released his hand and looked up at him, with a bright smile on her face. "There. Better?"
Luffy nodded, blankly, as he stared at her, then he turned back to stealing food. Occasionally he would glance back at Nami, a confused expression on his face. The rest of the crew had stopped eating and were staring at Nami, most of their expressions were confused, except for Sanji, whose face betrayed unmitigated horror.
"Do you want some of my food?" Nami asked Luffy, a bright smile on her face.
"Uh, sure," Luffy said, wary, but he accepted the food nonetheless.
She watched as Luffy ate, a pleasantly pink mist settled over her mind. She felt warm, and comfortable, just sitting there watching him. She noticed a speck of food on his cheek, and reached up to wipe it off. Luffy stopped his eating to look at her.
"Nami, what are you doing?"
"You've got some food on your face, let me get it for you." A sudden good idea occurred to her, she gently held onto his head, and pulled herself up to lick the offending piece of food off his face.
Luffy yelped and jumped off the bench, pushing himself back against the wall. "What…what the heck are you doing?"
Nami looked at him quizzically. "I was getting the food off your face."
"Is there something you two haven't told us?" Franky asked, peering from above his sunglasses, an eyebrow raised.
"Of course not!" Luffy yelped, at the same time that Nami giggled, "Maybe."
The two stared at each other. Luffy's eyes bugged out at Nami's reply, while her eyes started to tear up.
"Don't you like me?" She asked, hiccuping, sobs starting to come out of her. She covered her face with her hands.
"What...I...I... Of course I like you Nami," he waved his hands in front of him, starting to panic when the normally tough Nami started crying. "But... you're not acting like yourself, you're acting all strange!"
"Am I?" Nami peered over the top of her hands. "Or am I finally being honest with myself?"
"Nope, you're acting pretty strange," Usopp said.
"Shh," Franky clamped his large hand over Usopp's mouth. "I want to see how this turns out."
"You... you're what?" Luffy slid across the bench, away from Nami.
"I finally realized what I should have known all along," Nami scooted across the bench after Luffy. "I should have realized it so much sooner, after you went so far to save me from Arlong, and when you came for me when Eneru had me his prisoner."
"Hey," Usopp said, pushing Franky's hand away. "I came to safe you then."
Nami ignored him, and scooted closer to Luffy, who had reached the edge of the bench and couldn't move away anymore. She placed her hand on top of his, and caressed his cheek with her other hand.
"Luffy," she said. "I can't believe I didn't realize it sooner. I love you."
"Oh," Luffy said. "Okay."
"WHAT!" Franky and the rest of the crew, minus Robin, who had almost leaned her way into Zoro's lap.
"That's your answer!" Franky yelled at Luffy. "She just told you she loves you! And all you can say is 'Okay'!"
"She doesn't love him!" Sanji slammed his palms down on the table.
Nami frowned at him. "I'm pretty sure I do. I've loved him for a long time, I just never admitted it to myself."
"If she says she loves him Cook-san," Robin said, looking away from Zoro. "Then she must mean it."
"She doesn't!" Sanji said. "It's not really love!"
"Then what is it?" Nami said, leaning against Luffy's chest, wrapping her arms around his neck. Luffy blinked down at her, then tentatively placed an arm around her shoulder. "It feels like real love to me."
"It's all because of that pheromone elixir!" Sanji yelled. "It got spilled on those two," he pointed at Luffy and Zoro, "that's why you're acting like this!"
Nami seemed to consider this for a moment. "Nope, pretty sure this is really love. I can remember my feelings growing ever since I met Luffy. I just have the courage to tell him how I feel now."
"I really don't mind, Sanji," Luffy said. He looked at Nami, who was smiling up at him. "Does this mean you'll hit me less?"
He smile widened. "I'm not making any promises," she said.
"Well I mind!" Sanji said. "I won't have her falling for some idiot like you!"
"That's none of your business," Nami yelled, standing up and slamming her palms down on the table.
Sanji flinched, and turned away from the rest of the crew.
"It isn't your place to talk out against the captain like that," Zoro said.
"That's easy for you to say," Sanji looked at him over his shoulder. "With Robin-chan draped over your lap like that!"
"Actually," Franky said. "I've been wondering about that. What gives?"
Robin giggle, from her seat atop Zoro's lap. "I'm really sorry. I'm normally much more discreet than this. I think this elixir has broken down my inhibitions."
"'Normally'?" Usopp raised an eyebrow. "You two haven't been..."
"For a while now," Robin said. "We thought it would be better for the crew if we didn't announce we were seeing each other. Probably doesn't matter anymore now." She laughed and placed a peck against the corner of Zoro's lips. Zoro flushed and ignored the stares of the rest of the crew.
"By any chance," Brook said. "Was part of the reason that you were being discreet because Zoro was embarrassed?"
"Shut up," Zoro snapped. Robin laughed again and kissed him behind the ear.
"Don't worry," she said. "You'll get used to the attention."
"This isn't going to turn dramatic, is it?" Usopp sighed.
"What? Why would anything be dramatic?" Chopper asked.
"I'll explain it later," Usopp said.
"Well," said Franky, wiping away tears. "Good for the four of you. Romance on the wide blue sea, it's so wonderful!"
"Frank, are you..." Chopper started to say.
"I'm not crying dammit!"