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Epilogue

The kids actually grew up in Arabasta and were thought the royal way to live life while at the same time, they were also allowed to pursue their dreams. It seems Luffy inherited his father's traits. He liked food, he is gaily and all…

Rein was a swordswoman by birth and an intelligent one too. While learning swordsmanship, she was also taught to read ancient writings. Risha is a cartographer and a cook…a combined talent from her parents…Usopp's son named Kalif is just like his father and grandfather, a sniper and a doctor. Whatever knowledge in medicine Chopper received from Doctorine, he had poured it all to Kalif, hoping that someday he would make use of that skill…

Franky died earlier and his death was well-marked. They were all there as they laid his body in Thousand Sunny and burned the ship as it sails the sea.

I'd go ahead and we'd wait for you guys there…for another adventure…this time…no one to stop us all…

Then he went.

A few years later, Nami followed as she was killed by an unknown disease and it was too late for Chopper to diagnose her. She was happy when she left because her daughter grew up a fine lady…it was just so regretting to know that the kids grew up without knowing or even seeing their fathers.

Usopp followed just months after. He died in his sleep. Then some years later, Robin met an accident and drowned on the sea. Being a Devil Fruit user, she's deadweight in the sea and having no one around at that time, she had died. It took her remaining friends a few days before they found her body washed in the shore. It was a loss that Rein wasn't prepared. She was just sixteen then.

Then Vivi too had followed. Her cause of death was due to illness. It was the same disease that took Nami's life and Chopper hated himself for being unable to come up with a medicine to help her. It was just infuriating. Out of anger, he knocked out one of the type of liquids he was testing for creating anti-venom. It was that poison that killed Chopper as it seeped into his wound. It was odd that he didn't do anything to save himself. He could have done it. And it was Brooke who understood why. Chopper wished to follow the rest. It was just too hard for Brooke that he has to live longer than them and for the first time, he cursed the devil fruit he ate.

Years passed and one nakama always goes away, promising to wait in the farther shore with the rest of the crew…one by one…those who have created the legend started leaving…but they have their heirs to continue what was started.

The man with blue-hair stood at the ship's prow. It took them many years to grow up and took them a short time to achieve their goal…One Piece…something that the late Pirate King had left in a place beyond Raftel…the one who claims it claims the title…

Ironically, history repeated itself…his son Monkey Nefertari Luffy, a royal in blood and title, claimed the same treasure at the same age his father did.

It was so ironic…it took them too long to understand that those who have boarded the wonder ships, Merry and Sunny, were their parents…the Pirate King was his father…the Kings of Swordsmen was Rein's dad and so on and so forth…

They thought it was mere legend until they were able to understand it after that first visit in Loguetown. Piracy at present was so different during the time Luffy and his crew set out to Grand Line in search for their own dreams…

"The Queen never waited for the Prince to reclaim dad's title," he said to the woman who stood beside him. Rein had become his wife. They were married in Arabasta in the presence of Vivi, Brooke and Ace who stood as their parents.

It seemed what Ace said before came true…Rein suited Luffy and Risha suited Kalif.

"They all passed away…the last of the Straw Hats died two years ago…it must be hard for Uncle Brooke…he lived longer than them…it is always painful watching them go and you're all that was left behind…" she said with her hand bandaged. Brooke died sometime a year ago. His cause of death was unknown. She became the first woman to become the greatest Swordsman…and one of her signature move is Santouryo. Perhaps, she had taken it to heart. People say that she is indeed a daughter of the devil incarnate…

"I guess you are right," he said and sighed. He looked up at their sail…it was the same sail his father used…the signature of the Straw Hats…hence they became the heirs of the nine crews.

"Do you think we can make it in time?" she asked. They have heard of the news and they all hurried to go see him.

"Uncle Ace is waiting for us all," he said and turned to the rest of the crew. Just like the former straw hat pirates, they were short in number. The four children plus a boy named Paul who was Franky's son. He was the youngest of them. They have some other crewmembers but the five were family. They have a connection with the people who used to use that sail above them.

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Portgas D. Ace filled the hole…he was a father to the children when they were younger…he would visit once in a while and was the one who thought them how to fight…just like their parents…it was Portgas D. Ace…the last of the link to their past…

The Fire Fist Ace was on his deathbed when the five children arrived in an unnamed island where Ace decided to stay for the remaining days of his life.

He grinned from ear to ear. The children were just like the former crew…exuding an aura…

"Uncle Ace," Luffy held his hand as he knelt beside the bed of the remaining blood relative he has. He heard a lot about his grandpa Garp and Dragon but the two died during Ace's supposed-to-be execution. They gave up so much for the two siblings who made a name for themselves.

"Ah…it seems my time has come," he said, his orange hat just beside his head. His wrinkled hand motioned for the other four to come closer. "You have all grown up."

A gentle smile tugged at his slip when the green-haired lady stifled her sob.

"I said I'd marry you when I grow up," she said and held his other hand.

He chuckled. "Ain't that too bad little one? You have married my nephew and if I am your age, I'd be the one marrying you."

"We are going to miss you, Uncle Ace," Sanji's daughter said.

He smiled. "Your time will soon come. Death is just a driveway for another adventure on the afterlife. I bet your parents will be there…laughing now…they have reached their goals…their children did the same thing…they must be beaming now…proud of you all…"

"Where is that place Uncle?" Kalif asked.

"I don't know…perhaps in the Farther Shore," he answered faintly. "I'd be going there too…meeting with my nakama…I've lived long enough."

"Thank you for being a father to all of us Uncle Ace," Luffy said in a croaked voice. When his mother died, he felt the same. She died with her unfailing faith that she'd meet with him there…perhaps Farther Shore…

"I'm honored. You all carry the names of Sanji, Zoro, Luffy, Usopp and Franky. And you were graced with their skills and strength…take care of yourselves…okay? I think I have to go…I only waited for you guys to achieve your dreams and you have…"

"Uncle…"

"You are indeed their children," he mused then closed his eyes and slept forever…his soul meeting with his own group of nakama who were waiting for him for a very long time…from the end of the shore, he could see the Straw Hat Pirates, dancing and laughing and singing…

Portgas D. Ace received a pirate burial and all of his crew is present, silently mourning the loss of such a great captain. He was the last of the Emperors as Shanks had died of old age some years ago.

The legends themselves have started going away for another adventure…leaving their heirs to continue…

On his wake, the most formidable front of the present Pirate Era stood with their heads held high as they watched the last remains of the man who fathered them after Usopp and Franky and Brooke passed away.

The ladies cried. Their last link to their wonderful past had gone there too…

Pirate King Luffy held his wife close to him as she cried her heart out…having no father to look up to, she adored Ace the most. Whenever the guy would visit them, she would always ogle over him and it seems even Ace is very fond of her…she was the exact opposite of her parents he says…

"He was happy," Luffy whispered. "He was happy and contented with how he lived his life."

"Perhaps the only regret he had was he never got the chance to be with his only brother," a voice spoke behind them and they saw Tashigi. Among those who helped in the war many years ago, she was the only one remaining.

Rein bowed a little to the marine who taught her some other style of swordsmanship. Through her, she learned a lot about her father being a swordsman although her mother had told her a lot. It was different hearing it from other people…those people whom he had crossed his blades with…

"Before that war, he visited your mother," she continued referring to Luffy. "He went ahead, knowing his brother would soon come to take Vivi with them. He would have waited for them too but somehow, he felt like his division was in trouble so he had to forego the chance…not knowing that the last time he would be able to see him would be on the platform…where Luffy and Zoro and Sanji were bathed in their own blood."

They weren't surprised she knew too much. She became friends with the Mugiwara after the war and helped in the restoration of the new Era where Marines and Pirates could work together too…

"I wish I really have seen my father," Risha said with regret.

"They are good men…if you must know…the kindest pirates…willing to help those who needed help…not thinking much about their safety but the safety of others," she said with a smile. She had just resigned her post as Fleet Admiral. That post was already given to Coby who was also an old friend of Luffy and Zoro. If you look at the background, Marines have also flocked the area to pay their last respect to the last of the Legend…

"Wherever we go, we hear stories about them…their tales travel from generation to generation…it is as if they continue to live on…the nine of them," Paul said which amused the old woman.

"They continue to live on," she said. "You are their immortality…you and the stories you will also make…Portgas D. Ace is also one of the finest men…I never could say much about him during our pursuit of Luffy and his crew."

Tashigi gazed at the three Meitou strapped in Rein's waist. Those were Zoro's swords…he had given it to her and asked her to give it to Robin.

"Among the Straw Hats, I can talk much about your father because he was the only person who defeated me in swordsmanship. I guess even Mihawk would acknowledge Zoro's innate strength. He's a gifted swordsman…your father…"

Rein smiled as she wiped her tears away. "I know. Mama used to talk about him a lot…and he was the second pillar of the Straw Hat…"

"Mm," she said and glanced at the fire that took Ace's body…odd…fire was also his power when he was alive…rest in peace…upon remembering him, she smiled to herself…he was the only one who fought at a stalemate against her captain…Smoker and Hina married each other and the former past away some years ago…

Ace asked her once to sail with him but she refused since she wanted to stay in the Marines. He loves her and she feels the same…yet they were unable to give themselves the chance to try it out…she had been hearing about his exploits…his constant visit to Arabasta to visit these children who now grew up…but she never saw him…at least not personally…perhaps Ace had already subjected himself to a life of a pirate…

The New Era…Luffy and his crew opened that new age and now pirates live in this new era…while some were still the old, typical pirates, most were following the footsteps of Straw Hat Pirates, Whitebeard Pirates and Red Haired Crew…

And now…the last remaining man who is connected to the three groups had died….but as always, legacy lives on…these kids here would make sure their legacy lives on…

"While I am the Pirate King, I cannot deny that I am also the King of Arabasta. I have left matters of the country in the hands of my trusted council. Now that I have pursued my dream, it is time I also take responsibility to the position I have inherited since birth…a King in blood and name…" Luffy said to his wife then grinned as he looked back once again. "Damn but I still long for them."

"We all do but we have to live on…we'll meet them all again…one day…in the Farther Shore," Kalif said as he wrapped his arms around Risha's waist. Paul could only agree.

Usopp had kept his promise to Luffy…through his stories…he made the legend alive….

Robin had destroyed Pluton…one weapon that could destroy every pirate's dream…

Nami had already drawn the World map and it was used by her daughter and the other kids…

Brooke created music which spoke about the tales of the Straw Hats…

Franky had continued making ships till the day he died…and that was passed on to his son…

Chopper had discovered more diseases and their cure…and he was the one who developed the cure…then he passed it on to Kaya and her son…

Those six remainders on that particular day had really made sure that their loved ones would die not in vain…

Even until the present time, their stories are still being told…people would continue flocking Loguetown…wanting to hear stories about the Straw Hat Pirates and about that particular day which changed the history…

And so, the elders who were still alive…who witnessed it all on that hot, sunny day which turned to gloomy, relived in their minds the story of three brave warriors who have chosen to die to save the innocent who became pawns in the scheme concocted by the disgusting Marines…

Then they would continue to talk about the war that broke out just after they breathed their lasts….

Until the story would end on how the heirs of the Straw Hats have done the same…

The story of the chivalry of the ragtag pirates…lived on…until it became a legend that lived in the heart and souls of those who believed in them…engraved in their minds…

And so every year on that particular day….pirates still gather…and also non-pirates…and they would sing as their flags were hoisted in the silence of the night…

Yo ho, haul together

Hoist the colors high

Heave ho, thieves and beggars

Never shall we die…

Indeed…never shall they die…

Acknowledgement: Thanks to everyone who have been patiently supporting the story. I do appreciate everything…the comments…the suggestions…everything…I'm honored to have been able to become part of this net…

Here are some of the other stories I am currently working on or perhaps…had been completed…

Identity Search: Straw Hat Pirates lost two women in a battle against Blackbeard and his crew. Then some years later, a boy whose name is Art appeared in front of Usopp's doorstep to inquire about his parentage…particularly about his father…he is the child of Nico Robin…undoubtedly…but the question remains….who is his father? Is he among the Straw Hat crew as well?

Regret: Ichigo blamed himself for one thing…and all he could do is to regret it…for there is no other way to bring her back…

The Lament of Uchiha Sasuke: Sasuke thought back about his fight with his brother as he stood on top of a hill overlooking Konoha village…his thoughts about the past and what could happen next…

Forever Guilt: Kenshin Himura decided to leave them all behind because of his past…even though he managed to suppress the manslayer within him…he knew…events of ten years ago is not too far away…but then…that same event would catch up to him when he learned that his first mistake is leaving them there to wander again…

Pirate Hunter Roronoa: Five years ago, a Straw Hat crew was missing…and everyone wondered where he could possibly be…five years later…they would learn his whereabouts…but are they prepared for it?

For a Nakama: A few people were aware of the first time Roronoa Zoro proved his undying loyalty to his captain. It was that incident in Thriller Bark where he willingly traded his life for his captain. A few years later when Monkey D. Luffy had become the Pirate King and he became the King of Swordsmen, few people witnessed once again how he would face death the second time for his captain and his nakama…