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Luffy continued looking for any sign of his brother who promised to meet with them. He could hear Sanji flirting with Nami once again.

"Food is served Lufy," Chopper called and the mention of it took the captain's interest as he stretched towards Chopper.

"Meat!!!" he shouted and Chopper ducked before getting hit by the captain and in the process Usopp ended up victim as he was slammed on the wall with Luffy.

"Damn it Luffy!" Usopp shrieked and prepared his Kabuto.

Luffy grinned. "Owari."

"Franky!!" Nami rushed out with her face red instantly making Chooper jumped to the ocean without thinking just as Zoro stepped down.

"Oi Chopper!" he jumped down as well to reach him.

Nami hit both Usopp and Luffy. "Where is Franky?"

"Aw, Nami," Usopp groused as he rubbed his head. Luffy did not seem to mind though. Franky was whistling as he ermerged and received an immediate hit from the navigator.

"Damn it, what was that for?" he barked.

"You changed the waver again," she shrieked.

"Why are you so hot about that?" he shot back. "The look now is better than before." And he regretted saying that when she hit him again a couple of times.

"Oi Nami, I want to try the waver," Luffy interfered with his twinkling eyes. He seemed to have forgotten about food momentarily.

"No way!"

"Yohohoho…" Brooke chuckled. "What a lively day."

Zoro climbed the ship while panting hard. He held a dizzy doctor in tow. "What did you do that for?" he asked.

Chopper sobbed. "Nami…"

"What?!" Nami demanded and Chopper hid behind Zoro who now glared at Nami.

"Stop scaring him," he said lazily. Sanji delivered the food outside already.

"I am not!"

"Yes you are. You're giving him the scare of his life," he retorted while Chopper remained hidden behind the swordsman as if afraid from Nami's wrath.

Robin watched as she was perched upstairs with a soft smile. Things are starting to get back to normal. Nami did not realize that she's bickering with Zoro like she usually did when he argued with her.

"I am not," she said defiantly.

Luffy had already jumped for the food at the same time with Chopper and Usopp and Brooke.

"Oi marimo – "

"What is it, dartboard?" Zoro mocked and sat beside Luffy while starting with his meal as well.

"I dare you to repeat that again," Sanji asked as he glared at Zoro who gave him a mocking smile as he looked up.

"Dartboard."

"You stupid – "

They both received a hit in the head by Nami. "Can't you for once stop bickering and let's get on with the meal?" while saying that, Luffy had already stolen Zoro's food like he always did before when Zoro let his guard down.

"Damn it woman," Zoro hissed as he held his head.

"What a lively atmosphere," a voice joined in and Luffy and the others lit up as he appeared.

"Ace!!!"

Said man raised two fingers. "Yoh. Long time no see."

Nami smiled as she beckoned him. "Ace, join us," she said in a welcoming voice.

"Sure. I can't miss the food aboard this ship," he said and joined the group on the lawn. Then he looked up to find Robin in her spot, still enjoying the scene below. He grinned. "We've not met personally before. I'm Portgas D. Ace."

Robin smiled and stepped down. "Robin is my name."

"Pleasure," he said as he tipped his hat a little before turning to Franky and Brooke.

"Franky is my name."

"Yohohoho…I finally met the legendary Fire Fist Ace. You can call me Dead-Bones Brooke."

Ace grinned. "Mah…you are still taking care of him I suppose?" he said and turned to the older members of the group. His eyes fixed on Zor who was playing tug of war with Luffy regarding meat. He chuckled and shook his head.

"By the way Ace, what is it you want to tell us?" Luffy asked in between biting and chewing. It appeared he won the tug of war with meat.

"Nothing important," he said as he ate his food, his one hand reaching for something from his bag. "I'm not sure if you know about that."

Everyone peered at the bundle of papers before Luffy grabbed it as his eyes shone with excitement before laughing so hard. "What's funny?" Nami asked.

Luffy could not contain his laugh as he slapped Zoro's back so hard making the latter spat out his drink that went to Sanji making the cook glare at the swordsman and the latter at their captain who was still slapping Zoro's back.

"Luffy!!" he snarled as he kicked his head.

Nami snatched the paper away from him and her eyes widened after a couple of seconds. "Zoro, you have a bounty close to Luffy," she informed.

"Man, isn't that great?" Luffy said as Usopp, Franky, Chopper and Brooke looked awed. Zoro's reaction was impassive though which was different from before when he learned he had a bounty. Ace swallowed and leaned on the rail with his one hand still holding a piece of meat. Robin took another paper and read the contents before she smiled.

"Hmm, you're both considered the most wanted and declared as number one enemy of the World Government," she shared. "According to this, any of your heads is worth the capture."

"Anything else?"

"They wanted both men separated again," Ace supplied. Luffy spat out his food and silence lingered for a little while as everyone stared at him like he is a bearer of bad news. Then they all chorused. "Like hell!!!"

There was the quiet anger once again – the anger which was accumulated for five years. Only Zoro did not react as he continued eating with Ace.

"What I came here to tell you is a man working in the shadows, almost similar to Blackbeard," Ace said.

"What about him?" Zoro asked, a stern look on his face.

"A swordsman as great as Mihawk I heard," he continued like they're the only two around.

"Oh?"

Ace shrugged. "At least that is what rumors say. I just heard it from somewhere. He's a government dog," he sad. "A man as great as Mihawk yet he chose to work behind? Uncalled for."

Zoro was silent though. He's not worried but he is recollecting something. Unconsciously, he reached for his katana which drew attention from his nakama.

"Zoro?"

"I know the man," he finally said.

"You do?"

"He's the one who saved me five years ago before he left me near the coast where the old man found me," he said as the others looked at him in a mixture of shock, disbelief and happiness.

"You remember us now?" Luffy asked, his voice laced with excitement.

Zoro just shrugged. "Ah."

And he received a hit from Nami. "You idiot!! And you did not tell us??"

Zoro snarled. "Damn woman, I hate you."

Ace studied the group for a moment. "How do you know it is him?"

Zoro felt death stalking from behind, closing in, but he refused to give in. from the fire, amidst the cannons and boms, he watched Thousand Sunny sail away in success. A victorious smile curved his lips before he stared down at Mihawk who was barely conscious.

"Heh…you finally did it huh?" the Shichibukai said with no bitterness at all. If there is something else, there is pride and respect.

Zoro took off his bandana. "I did not expect to win this soon."

Mihawk only smirked. "Guess something drove you."

Zoro moved and took a spot near a rock where he leaned. "I thought my dream comes first," he said and drew a deep breath. Damn it breathing is becoming hard to do. "But I know I have to stall you guys to allow them to escape."

"And you did."

"Ah," he said, his sight blurry now. He's starting to lose it. "Guess it is all for a nakama in the end. I can't allow anyone to touch them."

"Nakama eh?" Mihawk mused. The crackling of the fire could be heard, the cannons still firing at the other end making sure no one survives in this. A slow smile curved his lips. If Shanks had bet his hand on the new era – he did so too. If Shanks had bet it on a boy named Monkey D. Luffy, Mihawk saw the potential on Roronoa Zoro too and so he spared his life and encouraged him before. It's funny that him and Shanks bet everything on the future Pirate King and the King of Swordsmen.

Zoro started closing his eyes. "Guess I'll have to carry the title on the afterlife."

On instinct though, despite feeling weak, his hands reached for his katana once more as he felt the presence of another person. He was towering over Mihawk.

"Oh? You're finally defeated eh?" he mocked. "Such a greatest swordsman you are."

Mihawk smirked. "Came here to gloat? You'll never beat that young man."

"I am no longer interested in you," he said and turned to Zoro. "I'm more interested in him and we'll see if what you said is true," he continued and walked towards the straw hat's first mate.

To Zoro's surprise, the man carried him on his shoulder. "I'll let you live to enjoy the fame," the man said. "And when they have recognized you and you're at the top, I'll come take it."

Zoro's answer was a snort.

Zoro shook his head at the recollection. "I just know," he said. There is no need to tell them about it.

"Aren't you a bit worried?" Nami asked which made Zoro smirked at her.

"Heh…he's just another swordsman I will have to surpass and fight. Besides, when did I ever worry about such a thing," he said with a careless shrug. "I have sworn in Baratie before that I will never get defeated in a duel."

Luffy grinned widely as he raised his cup. "Kanpai for Zoro."

"Kanpai!!!!!"


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The Fleet Admiral pounded his fist on the table as he received Smoker's report. "You let them escape?" he screeched like a witch.

"There is nothing to be done. First, Portgas interfered out of the blue, second, how do you think can our ship catch up with theirs which could fly?" Smorker retorted.

"Excuses, excuses," Morio said as he waved his hand.

"Like you could catch him yourself," he snorted. "Anywy, we have them but Portgas foiled the plan even before the other ships could follow through."

"We can't allow them to run amok and you all know better than to allow the two to work side by side. It's just like two Emperors teaming up!"

"Where was the ship last spotted?" Ao Kiji asked casually.

Another captain spoke as he scratched his head. "About that sir…" he started reluctantly.

"Well?" Aka Inu demanded impatiently.

"About that…Portgas erased all possible tracks so it's hard to know where."

Sengoku looked at him with disbelief while his face was red with frustration and he got more annoyed at the sound of laughter. "Garp! This ain't no time to laugh!!"

The old man held his stomach and tried to suppress his laughs but couldn't stop it. "That's my grandson for ya," he said proudly. "There is no way any of you could stop him now after that failed execution so many years ago."

The last remark was directed towards Blackbeard who grinned. "I'll catch him."

Garp only laughed. "My grandsons have gotten stronger. You'll make good to remember that."

"Just the two?" Ao Kiji asked. "I think even the Straw Hat Crew have gotten a lot stronger. As Sengoku said, you can't underestimate them. I've seen it happen before."

Garp nodded. "That's right. Their willpower is strong that when you think you had them, they'd rise again. Just what I'd expect from the fools who followed my fool of a grandson," pride was clearly evident on his eyes thougj.

"Garp," Sengoku called the blabbering man's attention. "Would you keep your mouth shut?"

"Gomena," Garo said as he raised his one hand and suppressed another laugh.

"We'll make another example," Sengoku said. "Like more than two decades ago, one or better yet, two will stand on the platform soon so catch those pirates!"


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"Ace, will you be sailing with us?" Luffy asked while he was playing with Usopp and Chopper on the swing.

"Depends."

"Why?"

Ace just shrugged his shoulders. "Just because…"

"Unfair," Luffy pouted. "Neh, neh, have you seen Gramps before?"

"No. why?"

"Because I want to tell him I'm the Pirate King," he beamed and the older brother chuckled.

"I bet he is laughing his ass out," Ace said though. "The one he tried to mold to become a marine became the Pirate King instead. He'd be frustrated over that but I bet he is happy too."

Luffy laughed as he hit the wall. "And I have the greatest swordsman by my side plus great nakama."

Ace tilted his head to see the others doing their deal. The strongest bond Luffy has as the Pirate King is his connection with his nakama. Robin sat beside him. "He's happy now," she said softly enough for him to hear.

"I noticed."

"Well, his crew is complete now and we're helping the others find their dreams."

"Have you found yours?" he asked suddenly which surprised the archeaologist. She smiled.

"Not yet but I believe I will find it…we fill find it…" she said.

Ace scratched his nape. "Man I was really surprised to learn he was alive though. He's like a cat with nine lives."

Robin mulled on the same thing. Indeed, the first time he laid down his life, he survived when in fact anyone who would sustain those injuries would not survive. Yet Zoro did. Next as five years ago. He survived yet again. And she heard from Usopp's tales before that there are also multiple fights in which Zoro sustained mortal wounds and had been in a verge of death multiple times…yet he came back alive.

"I guess you are right," she agreed. "A cat huh?" she chuckled and Ace did so as well.

"Oi, Robin," Usopp called. "Why are you both laughing?" he asked with curiosity.

Luffy jumped down from the swing. "By the way Ace," he said seriously. "The marines won't get what they want. We'll be damened if we allowed them to separate us again."

Ace merely looked at him then grinned. "I figured you would say something like that."


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The man grinned as he held the wanted poster of Roronoa Zoro. So he did survive eh? His one hand played with his blade. "Well, enjoy the fame Roronoa because soon I'll hunt you down with no mercy. Mihawk lost to you eh? Guess I have to take you down to fill a seat."


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Those who were once parts of the Eleven Supernova before saw the newly printed poster as wekk wguke showing their surprise. Five years ago, Roronoa Zoro was declared dead by the marines. Why is there a poster of him?

"He really is a beast to survive the Buster Call," Apoo said.

Jewelry Bonney lifted an eyebrow as she stared at the poster from across the counter. "This fool survived?" she asked in bewilderment.

Hawkins was reading his cards when one of his underlings informed him of the shocking news. "He was lucky," he said. "Or maybe not at all. Fate deemed him a survivor."

Killer finished his opponent as Kif read the news, a grin crossing his face. Mugiwara Luffy and Roronoa Zoro…they are something to have reached this far. And Zoro must have the devil's luck if he survived a terror such as Buster Call.

Law was smiling as his nodachi rested on his shoulder. "Room," he said as a sphere surrounded him and a number of marines. He extended his left hand. "Shambles." Fascinated, he watched with amusement as their bodies looked separated limb by limb.

Beppo and Jean Bart took care of the other small fries. "By the way, I've seen the latest of the straw hats," he said to his two underlings. "That swordsman has his devil's luck. I admire his will to survive. With him alive, I bet the Marines are having troubles mow."

Jean-Bart grinned. "They prove to be a formidable crew."

Law smiled and took a seat comfortably. "Indeed."

From a restaurant, Capote was buys with his food while one of his underlings relates the latest news. He raised one brow. "Oh? The man supposed to be dead is alive? Interesting."

"They are now the most wanted crew in the world," one mumbled as they all calculated the bounties of each member and summed it up.

The Mad Monk grinned widely as he stared at the newly printed poster. "This crazy crew sure is something," he commented as he recalled Shabondy Archipelago.

As it is, the news that the swordsman is alive is spread far and wide and those who were supporters of the group all but beamed and rejoiced while those who were enemies merely snorted while commenting on Zoro's devil's luck and their formidable front now that they are once again complete.


There it goes. Sorry for the long wait guys. My thanks to the following: german_girl, Flames to Dust, twilightserius, Crysiana Fay, kamizacondor, dimonyo-anghel, and Kira-kaminari-san.