A/N: I told you it'd be coming ;) Down Under! For lack of a more creative title this time around XD
Ahem. (In a theatrical voice)
"Amongst hundreds of people, four stand out most...
Two couples. One ship. One gigantic tidal wave.
The only way to survive is to get to the bottom of the ship -which has now become the top.
The ultimate survival adventure for the ultimate team.
Only, is it as easy as it sounds?"
How was that for a summary? I'm thinking I'm going to copy and paste that right there into the summary box when I get there XD
Polls are still open, for the second story I'll be writing.
Not really sure how often I'll actually be updating. With two stories on the go, I'd say about every other day?
Well, enjoy~! :)
I stretched as I looked around. I couldn't see him anywhere. With a sigh, I continued forward. I mean, when looking for Luffy, that's all you could do. Maybe there was a bar around with meat. Maybe he was playing hide-and-seek with Usopp and Chopper. Maybe he was just being a dumbass because he knew that I knew he had stolen a couple of my mikans without my permission.
If he had just asked I would have been okay with it. I would have picked him out a nice ripe one –not like it mattered since it went down the hatch no matter what the grade of food.
"You, ma'am," A man grabbed my upper arm as I walked by. "How would you like to go on a cruise?"
"A cruise?" I repeated doubtfully. I was on a ship for a living. What was the point of going on a cruise?
"A cruise," He said, grinning widely. "You look like a hard worker, dealing with a lot of stress. There's a spa feature. The food is amazing, with all-you-can-eat buffets. The rooms are the most comfortable out on the sea. If you're feeling out of shape, there's a well equipped gym. And an on-ship library. You could spend every evening of the week-long cruise with your loved one. It's a nice way to get away for a while."
"I don't need any of that," I told him, going to walk away.
"I'll give the tickets to you half priced!" He bargained.
"I don't need it," I called over my shoulder as I walked away. When I was far enough away, I pulled two tickets. I grinned as I read them. One ticket was good for two passengers. They were both for the couples suites.
What was the harm in checking it out?
"Nami!" Luffy called out.
"There you are," I scowled. "Have you seen Robin and Zoro?"
"Eh? Why?" He skidded to a halt in front of me.
"Just wondering," I told him, tucking the tickets away. "Want to go on a short trip, Luffy?"
"A trip?" He tilted his head to the side.
"Well, it's two weeks until the log pose is set," I told him, taking his arm in mine as we walked, "And spending it on the island would get boring."
"I thought you were going to steal a new log pose that was already set," He said.
"Or we could go on a trip," I said, "Get spoiled a little bit. All-you-can-eat buffets, every night –"
"I'm in," He interrupted.
"Good," I smiled. "Now let's go convince Robin and Zoro."
"Here comes trouble," Zoro muttered, turning away and facing the sea.
I looked up to see Nami and Luffy heading our way. I gave a small wave, "She looks happy."
"Happy means trouble with her," He looked at me with his one eye. "I have a bad feeling about this."
"You're overreacting," I told him.
"Oi!" Luffy waved vigorously as he approached.
"What do you want?" Zoro stared at Nami.
"Two thousand beli," Nami said.
"The price for talking rudely to me," She smiled happily. She turned to me. "I stole something great today."
"Oi! Don't go pricing our conversations!" Zoro snapped at her.
"What did you steal?" The two of us ignored him.
"I stole," Nami reached into her pocket, "Two tickets onto a cruise ship. Each ticket allows one couple onboard."
"So you want us to come too?"
"Well, going for a week-long cruise alone with Luffy seems like a bit much. Our trip would revolve around the buffet table. But there's a spa, and a library, and a fully equipped gym. The beds are supposed to be the most comfortable on the sea."
"Sounds great," I grinned, taking a ticket from her. "Oh, all-features included, Nami? You're a big spender."
"What can I say? My hands go for the most expensive things in anyone's pockets," She smiled. I didn't doubt that.
Luffy chuckled, bending down while holding onto her arm to observe an orange worm that struggled helplessly on the stone street. He picked it up with one hand, but when it sunk its teeth into him, he threw it into the water, frowning deeply.
"I'm not going," Zoro crossed his arms.
"Then we'll invite Sanji instead," Nami said without missing a beat. "He'll appreciate it."
"So it's settled," Nami placed her hands on her hips. She pushed Luffy's hand that had been touching the worm away from her when he tried to pick up her hand. Realizing what was going on, he wiped his hand on his shirt, causing her to frown as she went on, "Pack tonight, the cruise leaves early tomorrow."
"We'll be there," I told her as she pulled Luffy away by his wrist, still refusing to touch his hand.
"Do we have to?" Zoro muttered.
"Think," I told him, wrapping my arms around his neck and smiling deviously. "One room, the two of us…"
He cracked a smile, "I guess it can't be so bad then."
"Why are you packing?" Usopp asked, watching me rustle through Luffy's locker.
"We're going on a trip," Luffy grinned, sitting beside me on the floor.
"Are we coming?"
"No," I told him flatly.
"Why not?" He whined.
"Yeah, why not?" Chopper chipped in.
"It's a couple's cruise," I told them, not mentioning the option for lone passengers.
"So Zoro and Robin are going?" Usopp frowned. "Brooke was packing earlier too though, after hearing we'd be here the full two weeks it'd take to set the log pose."
"Brooke?" I murmured, holding one of Luffy's shirts to my chest as I paused to think of what he could be up to. He was the Soul King, after all. I folded the shirt and placed it in the bag. "Well, maybe he has a concert or something to do across the island."
"That's reasonable," Chopper nodded.
"I once had a concert to perform," Usopp said, bringing his shoulders back and down in an air of a confident lie. "All across the stadium fans were cheering me on: Usopp, Usopp, Usopp –"
"Really?" Chopper's eyes widened.
"No," Luffy and I both said in unison. I smiled at him as I placed more of his clothes into the bag.
"So how long will you be gone?" Usopp asked.
"A week," I said, brushing a hair out of my face. I stopped for a moment when I realized something. They'd need money for that week I was away. I pulled out a couple of the wallets I'd stolen today, taking out most of the beli and shoving it in Usopp's and Chopper's hands. "Use this as you will."
"This is more than you've ever given me at a time," Usopp's eyes popped out of his head.
"Well, it's a week's worth," I said, pulling my shirt down as I stood up. I bent down to grab the bag, but Luffy grabbed it instead as he got up.
"You still have to pack, right?" Luffy said.
"Yeah," I told him.
"Are you going to use this bag too?" Luffy asked, looking at all the space that remained. Luffy didn't really have much to bring.
"If you don't mind," I said.
"You guys make me sick," Usopp said, falling onto his hammock bed as he began counting his money. "Are you really not testing us by giving us so much money?"
"Usopp, the idea hadn't even crossed my mind," I told him. It honestly hadn't. A week's time away meant they needed a week's worth of money. I wasn't going to deprive them of food or anything else they needed to buy for either entertainment or necessity for upgrading their weapons or supplying their inventory.
"Is it in your mind now?" Usopp asked cautiously.
"Well, yeah," I scoffed. He had, after all, just said it.
"So you are going to test us!" Usopp jumped to his feet. "Then I don't want this money!"
"I'd be happy to take it back, but I'm not testing you, Usopp," I told him as I walked to the door. "Let's go, Luffy."
"I'm excited," Luffy said happily as he followed me out of the room.
"For the all-you-can-eat buffet?" I asked.
"Well, that's part of it," He grinned.
"And what's the other part?" I climbed up the stairs.
"I'm rooming with you, right?" He said, causing me to stumble. He placed a hand on my back to steady me. He couldn't mean – "So we're going to have fun all night, right?"
"What kind of fun?" I asked, trying to very his meaning.
"Well, cards and stuff," Luffy shrugged. "It doesn't matter as long as we both have fun."
I closed my eyes and smiled as we opened the door to the women's quarters.
"Mm," I agreed. "We'll have fun just as long as we're together."
"Shishishi. Of course!"
"This is stupid," Zoro said, reading the back of the ticket. "No weapons onboard?"
"You'll be fine without your katana for a while," I told him. "We'll get Franky to store them someplace safe."
"It's still stupid," He crossed his arms and sunk down onto my bed. I zipped up my bag and brought it over beside my bed, crawling on top of him so that my face hovered over his. He watched my face for a moment. "You really want to go? With Nami gone, this room is open for the both of us too."
"But then we have Sanji, Usopp, Brooke, Chopper and Franky around," I pointed out. "They're sure to interrupt us."
"Two perverts and the three idiots," Zoro closed his eyes and sighed. He looked tired. I really think that this break would do him good. He'd been really tense lately. He opened his eyes and rose up on his elbows to kiss me. "I'll go. For you."
"We'll have fun," I promised him.
"We have fun regardless," He smiled against my lips.
I held the kiss a moment before getting up, hearing Luffy's and Nami's approach. I watched as Zoro rose to a sitting position just as the door opens. Nami paused seeing us being so close to each other, but continued to come in, going to her closet where Luffy set down a half-full bag.
"Done packing?" Nami asked.
"Zoro will do his own packing later tonight," I told her, sitting beside him on the bed.
"Nami, the money," Luffy reminded her.
"Oh, yeah," Nami got up and went to her treasure chest beside her bed. She opened it and took out some of the money and handing it to Luffy as she counted it out. "Sanji, Franky, Brooke… That should be fine."
"I'll go give it to them," Luffy took the money and left.
While this exchange was going on, I took the initiative to pack some of Nami's panties into what appeared to be Luffy's bag from a bird's eye view.
I figured, why not cause a little chaos?