UPDATE!! Quick enough for you? I hope so :P
Seriously, I didn't realise how long it was going to take to write the explaination o ;; Sorry to everyone who was hoping to find out about the perfume :P
That will come up in the next few chapters - SO HANG ON!!
Also, please be my spellcheckers coz i gots none =_=;;
Anyhoo~! ON WITH THE STORY!! Enjoy ;)
Disclaimer: One Piece is obviously not mine...just no.
Zoro jumped to his feet in realization of how dangerous a position he was now in, turning warily to Nami to see her expression to judge whether he was to fear for his life.
However, he was taken aback as he realized that, although she was still shaking with anger, she seemed like she could have broken down in tears at any moment.
Nami threw the now ruined charts in her hand at him, the papers landing with a squelchy splat in the middle of his chest, before she turned to glower at the rest of the crew. "I give up!!" she yelled, her voice breaking slightly as she went on. "Do what you want for all I care!! Go jump off the crow's nest or something stupid like you guys always do!" She barely croaked her last exasperated words. "Just do me a favour for once and never show your faces to me again!!" With this, she ran upstairs to her room, slamming the door behind so hard it sent a shock wave rippling throughout the whole ship.
Silence echoed afterwards, the remaining crew's shocked faces turned in the direction of Nami's room for more than a whole minute.
"Nami-san," Sanji barely mumbled, completely stunned.
Robin's face was softened in understanding. "Well, I can't say that that wasn't an expected reaction for the circumstances," she murmured, standing the table up once again by growing hands from the lawn.
Usopp, although looking relieved he had avoided the navigator's wrath, he seemed just as worried. "It was about her maps after all..."
Even Luffy was now carrying a look of guilt as he adjusted his straw hat.
Sanji had spun around to Zoro and was busy berating him. "Look what you did you shitty-bastard! I knew you were low but I didn't know you were low enough to do this!"
"Why the hell are you putting this on me, love-cook?!" growled Zoro fiercely in response. "You're the one who started all this in the first place with your shitty throw! I thought with an eyebrow like yours, you'd at least know how to aim!"
"Say that again, Marimo-head," challenged Sanji almost nose to nose with the swordsman now.
"Gladly!" replied Zoro, who now had his swords out.
Suddenly they were torn apart by hands that had appeared from their shoulders.
"That's enough," scolded Robin who's tone was now stern as she looked at the two, her usual kind smile completely gone. "I think I am correct to assume that your arguing isn't helping the situation at hand."
Sanji looked guiltily at her, scratching the back of his head with embarrassment, Zoro just giving the archaeologist a look of annoyance.
"Do you think she's ever going to come out?" wondered Usopp aloud, looking around for opinions.
"I'll go and talk to her," announced Sanji, rolling up his sleeves in determination as he went to climb the stairs, however a row of arms blocked the way. "Robin-chan? What are you--?"
"I don't think she'll be ready to see anyone for a few hours at least," advised Robin giving Sanji a knowing look.
"Yeah, or else you'll get your head chopped off," muttered Zoro under his breath, dodging Sanji's next flying kick casually.
"But after dinner, if we do have it tonight," continued Robin, causing Sanji to apprehensively cease his attacks, "it would be in everyone's best interests that all four of you apologize."
Usopp, Luffy and Sanji nodded slowly, (Luffy's eyes lighting up at the word 'dinner') however Zoro had coughed loudly at the suggestion, looking up in disbelief.
"Is something the matter?" asked Robin, raising her eyebrows at him.
"I didn't do anything, that's the matter," replied Zoro indignantly. "Why should I apologize for something I didn't do?"
"That's probably not how Nami see's it," Robin argued in her cool manner, only fueling Zoro's drive not to give in.
"Well, I can't help how she thinks," Zoro muttered irritably. "It's her own problem if she blames the wrong person--"
"Oi Zoro--" cut in Luffy angrily, however Zoro just continued, crossing his arms defensively.
"I'm sick of having to get down on my knees every time she has one of her mood swings. You guys can apologize if you want; but if you do, leave me the hell out of it." He knew he was being insensitive but his words echoed the real irritation the navigator caused him on a regular basis. Leaving it at this, he shoved his hands in his pockets and stalked away to train, Sanji hardly being restrained by Usopp while shouting a list of insults at the swordsman as he disappeared, Luffy and Robin watching silently beside.
"Zoro is certainly difficult to deal with, isn't he?" stated Robin in an off-handed kind of way, not really looking for a reaction.
"Damn grass-head," huffed Sanji, shrugging Usopp off of him as he scooped the dripping maps off the ground and lay them on the now uprighted table before retreating to the kitchen, ignoring the fact he had nothing to make.
Luffy had mysteriously disapeared off to the boy's quarters without a word, leaving Usopp and Robin overlooking the situation gravely.
Robin stayed silent, but it was obvious that she and the sharpshooter were holding the same thoughts, Usopp sighing it out loud for the both of them.
"This really isn't going to work out well, is it?"
Even when Franky, Chopper and Brook came back an hour later with a giant catch (an eel-ish looking creature with three heads that was apparently an extremely rare Grand-Line delicacy according to Robin), Nami's mood hardly wavered, not even coming out for the magnificent lunch that Sanji had prepared for her sake.
The rest of the crew had declared the navigator's room an official danger-zone, and that any business with Nami was to be communicated through Robin, who seemed to be the only visitor permitted without coming out with grave injuries.
However, Zoro also seemed to be keeping to himself, only coming to the dinner table to grab his plate of food before skulking back to the crow's nest.
"He's probably not even guilty, the unfeeling bastard," growled Sanji, as he watched the swordsman go, stuffing another fork-full of sashimi into his mouth before Luffy could grab it for himself.
"Must have been some nasty argument," Franky said looking vaguely surprised, scoffing down his portion of lunch. "I thought she was already fired up after she gave us that call in the submarine."
"That was my last rice-ball!" exclaimed Usopp who had once again had part of his lunch stolen by the captain, proceeding to squirt as much tobasco sauce on the rest of his portion as possible.
"But you should have seen how fast Franky drank the cola!" grinned Chopper excitedly, still in awe from his last trip.
"Was it twenty bottles in a minute? Or thirty? I can't quite remember," Brook pondered aloud, causing Luffy to jump up goggling.
"Ehhhheehhhh~?!!! Thirty?! Oi, Franky! Do it again!"
"That shouldn't be possible," put in Sanji who was looking at Franky, with a questioning expression as to why the ship-builder would ever do that in the first place.
Franky had jumped up on the table, slammed together his forearms in his 'SUPA' pose (with everybody except for Sanji and Robin cheering wildly) and was about to preform the feat once again before the familiar voice of the ship's swordsman cut in.
"Eh?!! Zoro's here?!" exclaimed a startled Luffy, looking around the room for the first-mate, bewildered.
"Of course not, it's through the speakers, idiot," Usopp stated, looking incredulous (like some of the other crew members) that Luffy wasn't able to figure it out.
Zoro had ploughed on all the while. "--looks like we reached the next island, finally."
Chopper's face had lit up so much that he was practically glowing with joy and Luffy had almost fallen backwards with excitement. "ISLAAAAAND!! Oi, Usopp! Did you heard that?! Island!"
Robin's lips broke into a smile and she gave a small laugh at the newly-replenished vibe that had washed the room at the news. "I wonder what kind of island this one is?"
Luffy was already at the Den-Den-Mushi, yelling through the speaker. "Oi, Zoro! What's it look like?! Is there heaps of strong guys?"
"He can't see from here!" Usopp said, hitting the captain for his idiocy on the back of the head. However, he too gathered around the communication device, curious to know whether he would be going adventuring or not that afternoon, depending on the answer.
"There's a huge rock in the middle of it," replied Zoro, squinting through his telescope as he talked through the speaker, "and then it's surrounded by a heap of jungle."
"Is there a town or something there?" hollered Franky from the table, still eating the last of his meal.
"Yeah, looks like it's inhabited," said Zoro after a while. "Around the left side I can see some kind of village or something. If we're going to stock up our supplies, we should head in that direction."
"YOSH!!" cried Luffy throwing down the Den-Den-Mushi and racing outside, followed by the rest of the crew. "Full speed ahead to Meat Island!"
"I'm pretty sure Zoro didn't say anything about meat," Usopp stated bluntly, causing Luffy to look at him a little put out.
Suddenly, a door above them had swung open, and the crew below stared in surprise as Nami emerged, her gaze fixed on the rather spectacular appearing island in front, not bothering to hide her relief.
"Nami! You came out!" grinned Luffy, however Nami coldly ignored him, switching her gaze solely to the other woman on board and giving her a smile.
"How are you feeling?" Robin smiled back, wondering to what extent the navigator had been able to calm down to.
"Fine," Nami answered, before giving the three boys an inhumanely fierce glare, "if those guys weren't here."
The boys held under her gaze shrunk in their spots.
"Actually," Robin intercepted, trying to prevent a massacre as she kept on going, "I think these three wanted to say something to you." She glanced sternly at them, Sanji managing to catch on first.
The cook fell to his knees, pressing his head to the ground. "NAMI-SAN! I'M SORRY FOR RUINING YOUR MAPS!" he shouted at the top of his voice, the rest of the crew watching in surprise, Robin just smiling contentedly. "AND I'M SORRY THAT I THREW LUFFY WITHOUT LOOKING! PLEASE FORGIVE ME!"
Luffy and Usopp exchanged looks before also falling to the floor in repentance. "WE'RE REALLY SORRY! WE DIDN'T MEAN TO SPOIL YOUR MAPS!" They shouted until they couldn't think of anything else to apologize for, looking up hopefully.
Nami didn't say anything, the frown still stuck, unchanged, on her face. However, she gave in, rolling her eyes with a sigh. "Okay, fine, I forgive you."
"NAMI-SWAAAANN!!!" wiggled Sanji in a state of euphoria, his single eye turning into a pounding love heart.
Usopp looked like he had been saved from being eaten by a rabid beast, while Luffy gave a grin so wide it split his face in two.
Franky and the others also seemed to be relieved at the news, Chopper laughing especially hard at Usopp's exaggerated expression, Brook making a skeleton joke about how much his heart didn't lift up in happiness when hearing the news, as he didn't have one.
"But if you do anything like that again, I'll never speak to you for the rest of my life," warned Nami crossing her arms as she scaled the stairs, looking around. "By the way, where's Zoro?"
The mood suddenly took a plunge at the question and everyone froze on the spot, exchanging nervous glances before looking up again at the navigator.
Nami frowned at them. "What?"
"He's still in the crow's nest," answered Robin calmly, hoping that the reply wouldn't be the catalyst for another uncontrollable explosion of anger.
Nami's face darkened. "Isn't he going to apologize?"
There was silence.
"I see," answered Nami, a little too composed than was natural for that kind of situation. She turned, marching promptly into the kitchen, seizing the Den-Den Mushi before her time-bomb of rage erupted. "YOU STUPID, HALF-WITTED, INSENSITIVE, SINGLE-MINDED, EGOTISTICAL, UNYEILDING, INSUFFERABLE, GREEN IDIOT!"
Inside the crow's nest, Zoro tore the communicator from his ear before clutching his head, rolling around the floor in pain.
"CONGRATULATIONS, ZORO! YOU JUST DEFINED THE NEW MEANING OF PIGHEADEDNESS! I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT A SIMPLE APOLOGY WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD MANAGE BUT -- WOW -- YOU'VE AMAZED ME YET AGAIN!"
Zoro picked up the device in order to yell back his reply, however, Nami's list of insults simply continued.
"SHOULD I PUT THIS INTO SIMPLE WORDS? OR JUST SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU BECAUSE I DON'T THINK YOUR BRAIN CAN HANDLE ANYTHING MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT. UNTIL YOU GIVE ME A PROPER APOLOGY, I DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU FOR THE NEXT THREE HUNDRED YEARS. AND DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT ASKING FOR MONEY UNLESS YOU WANT A DEBT THAT -- I PROMISE YOU -- WILL TAKE FOUR LIFETIMES TO PAY BACK! IS THAT CLEAR?!" With that, Nami slammed down the receiver, almost crushing the poor snail-like machine which. afterwards, looked like it could break-down at any second.
She remained silent for a while, before turning her head towards the crowded door, Usopp immediately flopping to the ground, pretending to be dead, ketchup smeared on his face, the others cowering a little under her gaze.
However, instead of being targeted, like they had assumed they would, they were in fact blessed to witness the satisfied smile that had spread across the navigator's lips.
"Wow - I feel great!" she beamed with a sigh of content as she pushed passed them all to view the island, practically glowing.
"That went surprisingly well," gaped Usopp, sitting up again, utterly confused、as the others filed out, returning to normal (as far as the Strawhat crew could manage) again.
"That is true," Robin nodded, before glancing to the slightly wilted Den-Den Mushi. "Well, at least for one of them."
However, she too followed the others outside, unable to resist the mysteriousness the upcoming island held.
OOH! Zoro got pwned by Nami! Again...
Aww, I gotta say, Sanji's a good dude. Seriously. People always bag him out in ZxN but when it comes to Nami he really is a champ, even though half the time she's horrible to him and he acts like her doormat :P
Okay, okay, so they didn't actually get onto the island yet - you can hit me. Sorry.
I promise that next week they will TToTT!! When I wrote the "Next week" section in the last chapter, I totally hadn't finished this chapter...great one BMK..
So I definitely won't be writing a Next Week for this one either _;;
Big thanks to all my reviewers especially dandy wonderous who has challenged me to make her a ZxN fan (not sure if I can though _;;) and ZeldaAddict42 for volunteering to help me out as my spellchecker. You guys rock. BUT I LOVE ALL REVIEWS SO FEEL FREE :D
Also, I was having an argument with a friend as to why ZxN is better than ZxR and the end result we came up with was that either was as likely as the other. Just wondering what your opinions are about that :P Maybe you thought of something I haven't.
Love u all,