Sorry this is SUPER late. But, I've been busy as hell. D: But, I got great grades man! :D
Here's an update :D Oh yeah, this contains A LOT of Luffy/Marco and some Luffy/Ace. LOLOL
Luffy slept soundly in the covers of her cabin in the second Moby Dick.
Luffy looked around, dazed as she heard a voice that she thought she'd never hear again.
"Ace..?" she whispered.
She looked around frantically.
"Right here, idiot." A taunting voice called out.
"Where?" she shot up and started running.
She ran and ran until she was panting. But, the weird part was that not a single thing changed. The wind was still blowing softly, the trees rustled gently, and as she took in her surrounding, she fell unceremoniously to the ground.
She wailed soundlessly as vibrations shook her whole body.
Because, there, at the end of the path lay the house where she found brothers and people who'd love her unconditionally, undeterred by any strong calamity.
The small little cabin that housed her, Sabo, Ace, Dadan, and the bandits, stood tall and proud as the last time she remembered.
She felt herself getting picked up by strong arms and was placed gently on the person's lap as she was rocked back and forth.
Luffy looked tearfully at her brother's gently smiling face.
Ace wiped Luffy's tears and kissed her forehead.
"Shhh. Ace's here."
Luffy tightened her hold around Ace's well-built form and allowed herself a sigh of relief.
"Ace... I missed you." Luffy whispered as she buried her head in his chest and inhaled his scent so that it would be engraved in her mind.
Ace let out a throaty laugh and ruffled her hair. "I missed you too."
"Why... Why do you smell different?" Luffy asked while her eyebrows creased in confusion.
Ace leaned her back to look her in the eyes and gave her an incredulous look before he howled in laughter.
"What's so funny?" she punched him in the arm.
"Ah, nothing, nothing, it's just that, only you are the only one I know who would ask a question like that after so long." Ace smiled.
"Well?" she asked.
"Well, before I answer that, what did I smell like before?"
"Hmm, gunpowder and fire." She sighed as she remembered.
"What do I smell like now?"
"I. Don't. Know." She said as she inhaled his scent every time she ended, to emphasize.
"Well, you'll have to find out then." Ace smiled as he stood up and placed her on her feet.
"What? Why not just tel-"
She was cut off when he kissed her forehead.
"I hope you remember what's with today. Take care of yourself." He whispered lovingly.
"What?" she asked confusedly and realization hit her.
"Don't leave." She pleaded.
"I love you," Ace hugged her tightly.
And everything vanished.
Luffy shot up in her bed and sobbed silently.
"Stupid Ace... I love you too." She whispered quietly.
She got up and dressed in her red vest and blue shorts with her yellow sash tied around her waist. Her vest slightly open, revealing the large scar on her chest area.
And for once since her stay in Whitebeard's ship, Luffy walked out of her room decently dressed.
JUST BECAUSE BY GREENTULIP
As Luffy passed, the Whitebeard pirates would greet her or just nod at her and she just kept quiet and headed to the rails of Moby Dick.
Everyone wasn't surprised when she didn't go straight to the mess hall and started inhaling all the meat.
'Maybe she's sick?' was the thought that ran through the new recruits while the old ones just glanced at her and gave a knowing smile.
Luffy was staring at the water when someone shouted "Land, ho!"
She was a bit shocked that they were docking and steadily made way to Whitebeard's cabin.
She entered and plopped herself on the seat beside Whitebeard's bed.
Whitebeard looked at her and smiled a bit before he greeted her.
"Happy birthday, gaki."
Luffy looked up as if she had been electrocuted, which is quite impossible since she's made of rubber.
"Wha-what?" she looked at him.
"I said happy birthday." He stated while flipping to the next page of a book.
"What is it today?" she asked, nervousness eating up her mind.
"May 5th," He said gruffly. "Why so tense?" he followed while smiling a knowing-grin.
"How the hell did I forget." She sighed as she beat herself up mentally.
"The D. tradition?"
Luffy looked at him and all the nervousness slipped away.
"Did you celebrate it with Ace too?" she asked quietly while he nodded.
"Well..?" he said.
"Get out." Whitebeard stated and Luffy walked out to the deck to see it empty.
Luffy walked to her bedroom and sighed.
'How do I celebrate without my nakama?' she thought silently.
She was lost in her thoughts when she heard two soft knocks.
She looked out the window and was even more shocked when she saw twinkling stars instead of white fluffy clouds.
She opened the door and smiled at the person.
"Hey, Marco." She said quietly.
And to those who knew Luffy, something was wrong when she was quiet.
"Why so quiet?" Marco asked while stretching her cheeks. "PMS-ing?"
Luffy blushed and punched him in the stomach.
Marco chuckled while gingerly nursing his stomach.
"I was kidding you know... But, anyways, wear this and come with me." He said while holding a red blindfold.
"Alright." Luffy turned around as Marco tied the blindfold around her eyes and led her by the small of her back.
"Remember. No haki." Marco said pointedly as Luffy sighed dejectedly.
When they were off the ship and Luffy felt sand between her toes, she smiled a bit.
When Marco stopped her from taking another step, she became curious and cautious; after all, the war did harden her once carefree soul.
"...And open your eyes." Marco said as he tugged off the blindfold.
She smiled a broad grin for the first time that day.
Because a big unlit bonfire was in the middle and the Whitebeard pirates grinned at her and then Izou came up and handed her an unlit torch.
Luffy looked at Marco and smiled a heart-melting smile.
Marco nodded dazedly, and turned a finger to flame and lit the torch.
Luffy walked over to the bonfire and threw the torch in.
When the fire was alive and roaring, she looked back at the pirates and grinned like an idiot.
"Well? What are you guys standing around for? Let's get this party started!" she shouted and heard a chorus of 'Aye's!'
It was well past midnight when most of the crew retreated or for some, opted for just passing out on the shore.
It was almost sunrise when a lone figure sat at the edge of the shore, contemplating quietly.
'Ah, Ace. Did you remind ossan about today? I almost forgot. Stupid me.' She swore on Roger's grave that she heard a chuckle distinct to Ace's voice.
"Still up?" she heard a voice she knew by heart.
He lay next to her and enjoyed the feel of the cool water on his feet.
"I know it's quite late and all, but, happy birthday Luffy." He said while staring at the sky.
Luffy smiled and stared at the sky as well. "Thank you. You're the third one to greet." She said lovingly as her eyes twinkled.
Marco raised an eyebrow but didn't say anything. Instead, he stood up, dusted his pants and crouched beside her with his back facing her.
"I'll give you your gift." He explained when she looked at him questioningly.
Luffy perched herself on his back and hugged him tightly.
"Well, hold tight." He said as his arms burst into flames and turned to the most beautiful wings she's ever seen.
She nuzzled her head at the nook of his neck as they flew higher and higher.
Marco flew smoothly until they were at a high altitude and then he just glided.
"You... You said you wanted to fly. And, since I figured you're setting sail later..." Marco started rambling.
"Thank you, Marco. It means a lot." She said quietly in his ear.
Luffy closed her eyes and said everything she wanted to say to her dearest brother.
'You know, Ace, I think I didn't love you as a brother. I think I loved you much more than that and I only realized this when you were hit by that magma-freak. But, nothing's going to come from that now, isn't there? I... I moved on, I think. And I hope you're happy up there.' She thought silently.
When she opened her eyes, the sun was rising.
Luffy smiled as she felt a strong gust of wind blow. She looked at Marco and tightened her hold around his neck.
"Let's go back." She said as he turned his head a bit.
"Alright." He said as he flew back to the beach.
"That was amazing!" she said enthusiastically as her eyes sparkled with amazement.
He chuckled deeply. "I know."
Luffy ran in front of him and peered at him from under her strawhat.
"What?" he asked amused, when inside, his heart was thumping non-stop.
She shook her head and stepped forward and motioned for him to lower his head.
He did as he was told, and when he did, Luffy did the last thing he'd predicted her to do.
She laced her arms around Marco's neck, grinned the most beautiful smile he'd ever seen on her and kissed him.
At first, Marco was just too shocked to respond. It was nothing like the women who'd kissed him before. He felt like his nerve endings were live wires. It felt like, every single one of his senses were intensified.
But, when he was about to respond, Luffy pulled away and smiled at him.
He stared at her dumbly and before he thought about it, he uttered. "Will you go to the Pirate Summit ball with me?"
"I'd love to." She said as she gave him another peck on the lips and stretched to the Moby Dick.
Later that morning, around noon, everybody was saying their farewells to Luffy as she dropped her things on the boat Whitebeard gave her.
"Ahh~ Thank you for the party!" She grinned widely when everybody cheered.
"Bye Luffy! Go be pirate king!" a random crew member shouted.
"I will!" she laughed heartily and jumped off the ship to her boat.
She was about to depart when a large sea king appeared in front of her. The Whitebeard crew were getting ready to attack when she beat up the poor thing in one blow.
The Whitebeard crew shuddered in fright at the young pirate. And one thought crossed their minds.
'Never cross her or you die.'
While they were marvelling at the feat she achieved, she somehow managed to tame the beast and tie it to her boat.
"Well, I'm off you guys! Oh! And tell Marco to look under his pillow!"
The crewmembers looked at each other confusedly but nodded nonetheless.
Marco was seated on his bed and was thinking about his 'dream' last night.
Oh, how happy he'd be if that were actually true!
He sat there for a while when a young crewmember knocked.
"What?" he said distractedly.
"Luffy-san told us to tell you to look under your pillow." Marco looked at him incredulously while the poor lad shot back the same look.
"Alright. You may go. Thanks."
The door swung shut with a resounding click.
He looked under the pillow and grabbed the piece of paper.
If you're reading this, you probably didn't see me off. I'm hurt. D:
Anyways, I just wanted to tell you that, here's my vivre card and wear something red. Be there around seven of the date of the ball, alright?
Marco stared at the piece of paper and had an idiotic grin glued on his face for the rest of the day.
To say that the Whitebeard pirates were freaked would be the biggest understatement of the year.
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