The Two Vessels, Steele and Lead!
Disclaimer: I do not own One Piece. All OCs belong to their creators. In particular Valerie Steele belongs to FanFicAA, Belladonna Shooks belongs to Threedimensional, and Revan belongs to my cousin.
"Well here we are," Hiro said as he looked around at the island. "This is the last known location of Captain Steele,"
"Hiro, I hate to tell you this, but that's not very helpful," Zyd said. The island was not very large, but the city they were in covered most of it.
To their left was a large residential area, crammed with houses and apartments. To their right was a business district. There were shops and restaurants everywhere and down by the dock were several large warehouses, full of goods that needed to be shipped. Everywhere they looked there was some large factory or another.
"Finding one person in all of this is going to be like finding a needle in a haystack," Maia commented.
"Then perhaps we should spilt up. We can meet later at that building over there," Eaton said pointing to a large bar with a sign that read BRAWL! In large letters.
"Sounds like a plan. I'll see you guys in a couple of hours," Aaron said as he walked off towards the warehouses
"Well, I'll see you guys later!" Zyd said as he walked off.
"Take care now," Maia said.
"I will contact you as soon as I find out anything captain," Eaton said.
"Hmmm. I guess I should check out the local authorities, they might know something," Hiro said to himself.
A little while later Hiro found the jail and entered, hoping to find some information on the missing officer. As he entered he noticed that only one cell was occupied. Inside was a short man wearing a shirt and jacket that was made of several bright patches of cloth sewn together. He seemed very angry and was yelling threats at the jailor.
"What's with that guy?" Hiro asked staring at the odd little man.
"Oh, he's just some random pirate," the jailor said, not listening to the prisoner.
"JUST SOME RANDOM PIRATE!" the man in the cell yelled. "I'M CAPTAIN PATCH! AND DON'T FORGET IT!"
"Wow, he has some issues," Hiro said.
"He's been yelling ever since we picked him up last night. He just doesn't stop," the jailor sighed. "Oh, I'm sorry can I help you?"
"Yes, I'm Captain Hiro of the SRF. We're a group of marines who were tasked with finding a missing marine captain. Have you seen her?" Hiro asked handing a photo of Valerie to him.
"Hmm. She looks familiar…wait a second I remember now. She came in here looking for information about a pirate. Hiro-Shu or something like," the man replied.
"What did you tell her?" Hiro asked, glad that he was getting somewhere.
"Well, I told her that I hadn't seen him, but the way she described how he fought reminded me of someone I know. I told her where she could find him, but he had gone away on a business trip. I told her it would be a few days until he got back. I tried to explain that they couldn't be the same person, but she didn't believe me," the man finished.
"So where is she now?" Hiro asked hoping to wrap this case up. If they hurried they would be able to pursue the slavers and maybe save Nick!
"I think she went to go wait at the hotel, it's on the other side of town," the jailor said.
"Thanks for your help!" Hiro said as he ran out the door. He couldn't believe his luck! He knew where Valerie was, now they could bring her back to base and… Hiro suddenly stopped when a thought occurred to him. If Captain Steele was alright, then why hadn't see called to let HQ know where she was? He's was going to have to a chat with the captain when he found her.
As Hiro was walking back to the rendezvous point he heard a commotion come from a nearby alley. Drawing his sword he charged into the alley to see what was happening. When he arrived he was shocked to see several would-be muggers unconscious and a lone woman standing over them. But, what really surprised him was that the woman was none other then Captain Steele. She stood around 5'5 and had long blond hair pulled into a ponytail and sea blue eyes. She also wore a standard marine captain outfit.
"Hmm, don't tell me there are more of you?" Valerie said turning to face him.
"Huh, no I'm Hiro of the SRF. I was ordered to find you," Hiro explained. "And now that I've found you I've got a few questions for you. First of all why did you disappear, everyone thought you were captured or killed. You've caused a lot of trouble back at base,"
"I'm sorry, but I had to find someone. I heard rumors that he might be here so I had to investigate," Valerie said.
Before they could continue they heard screams coming from the direction of the bar. They raced over to see what was happening, running into the rest of Hiro's crew who had also heard the commotion.
"What's going on in there?" Aaron asked listening to the scuffle inside the bar.
All of the sudden a man went flying through the window, shortly followed by another one going through the wall. Another man tried to run out the door, but was stopped by a flying chair to the back of his head.
"I can't believe it," Zyd said.
"I know who could possibly be in there?" Hiro said trying to think of all of the dangerous pirates in the area.
"No, I mean there's a bar fight and I'm not in it!" Zyd yelled as he ran in.
"Well, I guess I should have seen that coming," Hiro said as he and the others followed him in.
Unfortunately, at least for Zyd, the fight was already over. The only person standing was a tall thin man in a business suit who was going through everyone who was unconscious wallets.
He stood up when he realized that there were others in the room. "Oh, someone else wants to fight me eh? Well sorry to keep you waiting. Let's begin!" He said as he charged at the group.
"Alright!" Zyd yelled. "Havoc Strike!" Zyd jumped towards the man and landed a powerful kick on him.
Surprisingly the man barley seemed to notice the blow and countered by punching him in the stomach. The blow knocked Zyd backed, but he recovered and charged forward again.
Meanwhile back at the jail an unexpected visitor arrived to see Patch. She was an attractive woman, not beautiful, but prettier than most. She wore tight fitting black pants, a red top that showed part of her chest, polished black boots, several rings and a necklace with a sapphire on it. Her brown hair was tied in a bun and her green eyes had a calm look to them.
"Patch, I thought I asked you to do me a simple favor. All you had to do was plant the explosives next to the building with the X on it," the woman said.
"I tried Belladonna! But, I couldn't find it!" Patch yelled, before he quickly clamped his hands over his mouth. Hoping he hadn't alerted the guard.
"Don't worry, he can't hear us. I can control sound remember?" Belladonna asked. "And as for you not being able to find the target, did you check the building with the big red X painted on the roof?"
"What, but, there wasn't…I mean I didn't…HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED IT!" Patch yelled. Grateful for the fact that the guard couldn't hear him.
"That's what I'd like to know?" Belladonna said. "Anyway, I'm going to let you out. But, in return I want you to do me a favor,"
"Sure, what do you need?" Patch asked. Eager to make up for his previous mistake.
"There is a group of marines here. They're supposed to be elites and I don't won't any trouble with them, I want you to distract them while I leave," Belladonna said.
"You're going to run away? But, what about the job and with your powers you could take anyone," Patch said.
"Yeah, but they might have sea stone with them. I don't plan on getting caught anytime soon," Belladonna said. "Look, I'm not asking you to sacrifice yourself for me; I just want you to distract them for a bit. After that you can leave or do whatever you want,"
"Alright Belladonna, you've got a deal!" Patch said.
Back at the bar Zyd and the mysterious man were still fighting, although Zyd's attacks seemed to do little against the stranger.
"Sahahahahahah, you're a good fighter!" the man said. "No one has ever lasted this long against Revan De Ville. I'll tell you what, since you're such a good fighter I'll use one of my special attacks top defeat you! Here I go Skull Smash!" Revan jumped up into the air and brought his fist down on Zyd's head, knocking him unconscious.
"Well, who's next?" Revan asked the group.
"Uh, we didn't come here to fight you," Hiro admitted.
"Huh, but, I thought everyone wanted to fight the famous Lead Golem to see if they could beat," Revan said, sounding disappointed.
"Wait a second. Lead Golem?" Valerie asked. "He really is the wrong guy,"
"Oh, were you looking for that Iron Golem fellow?" Revan asked as he set a stool up and sat down on it.
"You know him!" Valerie asked, surprised.
"Yes, about a moth ago…" Revan began, but was cut by a loud explosion. Everyone raced outside (except for Zyd who was unconscious and Maia who was treating his wounds) to see that Patch had escaped and was setting off explosives around the city. "Perhaps I will explain after we deal with this man," Revan said as he charged at Patch.
Patch saw he approach and opened fire at him with two pistols. However, Revan smirked and covered his body with a thick lead armor. He moved slower, but the bullets had no effect on him.
"Whoa, was that some kind of Devil Fruit?" Aaron asked.
"No," replied Valerie, "that is the power of a vessel,"
"A vessel?" Aaron asked.
"Someone who's body is inhabited by another spirit. In his case it appears to be a lead golem, in my case it is a steel Valkyrie," Valerie said.
"Wait you can do that too?" Aaron asked.
"What I do is similar, but I focus less on armor and more on speed. Perhaps I should give you a demonstration," Valerie said as a group of Patch's pirates charged at them.
Valerie charged at the group and yelled "Heel of Steel! Valkyrie's Lance," her right leg became incased in steel and she kicked the first pirate to reach her, knocking him back into the group. Before they could get up Eaton and Aaron opened fire on them, making sure they did not get back up.
"Captain," Eaton said. "Perhaps you should check on Revan,"
"The guy's a vessel I don't think some average pirate captain is going to give him any problems," Hiro said.
"It is not him I worried about, it is the pirate. Revan might go too far in the fight wit him," Eaton explained.
"Hmm. You've got a point. I want to know how he got loose," Hiro said and he ran off to find Revan and Patch.
By the time Hiro arrived, Patch was losing badly. He had fired all of his bullets, but none of them affected the lead cased warrior. Revan had now forgone his metal armor for his natural, lighter form. He jumped at Patch and kicked him into the side of a building, he was about to continue his assault, but was stopped by Hiro.
"That's enough Revan. I'd like to be able to interrogate him, while he's still breathing," Hiro explained.
"This pirate dog comes to my and starts blowing buildings and you want me to leave him alone?" Revan asked.
"I didn't say that. I just want to know how he got out of his cell," Hiro said.
"Hmm. Alright, but, I get to keep whatever money he has on him," Revan said.
"Uh, okay," Hiro said, not really sure if the pirate would even having anything on him.
Before Hiro could move to interrogate the beaten pirate, something landed at his feet. He looked down and realized that is was a bomb. Acting quickly he pushed Revan back and attempted to jump out of the blast radius, however, he wasn't quick enough and was caught in the explosion and thrown against a building.
"Trahahahahahah!" Patch laughed. "That's what you get for messing with the great Captain Patch!"
He stopped laughing, however, when he saw Revan get up and check on Hiro. "You know, most people only think of themselves. I'll admit I'm one of them most of the time. But, when it comes to helping my friends I always watch their backs. And when you risk your life to protect me, even when I would have been mostly unharmed tat makes you my friend," Revan said. "And when people mess with my friends that get their skulls smashed!"
Revan charged straight at Patch who was now terrified by the angry mercenary. "Merc's Mercy!" Revan yelled. He delivered a quick punch to Patch's stomach and then gave him a kick that knocked him in the air. He jumped up after him and began to throw punches at the hapless pirate with lightning fast speed. He finished an assault by clasping his hands together and bringing them down on Patch's head.
The pirate crumpled to the ground as Revan landed cracking the ground slightly. Hiro slowly sat up and Revan approached him. "Are you all right?" Hiro asked.
"Sahahahaha! I should be asking you that. You do realize that the blast wouldn't have done much to me right?" Revan asked.
"I guess it was just reflex," Hiro said, slightly embarrassed that heroic efforts were not necessary.
"That is a dangerous reflex to have. But, it is still a nice one to have," Revan said.
"Well, it looks like I won't be able to interrogate him anytime soon," Hiro said looking at Patch's unconscious form. "Let's go check on the others,"
The others had faired rather well, Zyd had even woken up to join in the fray towards the end and Maia was helping the civilians who had been injured. Valerie approached Revan and asked "So, can you please tell me what you know about Hiro-Shu now?"
"Of course. Sit down and I will tell you all about my dual with the legendary Iron Golem," Revan said.
AN: Well another chapter down. I hope everyone has enjoyed this. I would like to apologize to everyone who has submitted an OC and they have not appeared yet. They will appear but it might take a while for me to introduce them. So thank you for your patience. The next chapter for A Pirate's Life For Me will hopefully be up soon, but I can't promise when. Please review and vote on my poll!