Tides that Bind Chapter 1 Run for Sanity's sake

Zari had had enough of Zoro's ignorance when it came to her and their "relationship". When she got a chance she pulled Luffy aside to talk to him. She knew Luffy wasn't much for understanding simple things let alone complicated things, usually. "Luffy, I'm leaving for a little while the next time we make port."

"What! Why?" Luffy shouted and Zari covered his mouth.

"Shh. It's not because I don't want to be on your crew - believe me I do! I just can't take Zoro's indifference towards me anymore. But be certain I will not serve under any captain but you. "Zari said with a grin and tugged his straw-hat down over his eyes. To Zari, Luffy was like a crazy little brother. Luffy pushed his hat back and had a grin of understanding. "Thanks, Luffy - I'm glad I joined your crew." She said offering her hand. Luffy immediately clapped hands with her.

She stopped to look across the open sea. The wind blew through her long chocolate brown, tied back hair, and the sunlight was a little strong for her brown eyes at the moment. Her lime green and aqua tank were so comfortable with her short black shorts. Zari would love to wear sandals but for the sake of being prepared, she didn't dare leave her boots. Sandals weren't exactly good for a swords-woman, whether be it on land or on sea.

Next, Zari checked to see if Sanji was by himself. Nami and Robin were talking. Usopp and Chopper were fishing. Zoro was sleeping so that just left Franky. Zari found him in the tank room. After she figured out where everyone else was, Zari headed towards the kitchen.

She knocked softly on the door and then knocked a little louder the second time. "Enter," Sanji called out to her. Zari slowly opened the door and closed it behind her.

"Aniki, I already told Luffy and I thought you would want to know," Zari said as Sanji flipped what was in the skillet in his hand.

"What is that, imouto?" Sanji asked tossing a look over his shoulder. Zari sat down so not to be in the way.

"I'm leaving," Zari said lowly and Sanji whipped around to face her. The food in his skillet nearly flung out, but he managed to maneuver the pan so as to not lose any of it.

"Why? We hadn't seen each other in years, and I thought it'd be fun to be part of the same crew as you." Sanji said sadly.

"You know as well as I that I was the last on your list of reasons for joining this crew. I just made it easier for you to adjust. Zari said softly with a weary smile.

"You know me too well," Sanji said turning back to the food. "Why are you going?"

"Zoro - I'm tired of the indifference. It's obvious the relationship is dead - I have been waiting for him to end it to save him face, but I don't have forever!" She said seriously and then calmed down a little as she walked over to him. "I just need to get away and clear my head, you know? This way there's no drama." Zari said calmly as she looked at Sanji. Ever since Zoro's indifference towards her began, she took to spending more time around Sanji or on deck with the others; even then she was pretty much by herself working on her tomes. Sanji looked at her with understanding. "Arigato, aniki." She sighed softly with another weary smile. Then she went to go pack her bag.

Zari lucked out because they spotted the next island the next day. Franky decided to stay behind with the ship. Zari was the last to leave the ship with her bag slung over her shoulder. Sanji hung towards the back with her. When she veered down an alley, Sanji wished her farewell. She released a sigh as she walked further and further from her nakama. As she did so whatever seemed to be weighing on her started to feel a little lighter. Zari made her way into another main street and bumped into someone as soon as she left the alley.

"I'm so sorry," she said and bowed down.

"No problem," the guy said coolly as he turned around. Zari froze in shock due to the reconization of his voice. "Zari - it's been a while." He said with a grin.

"Ace! Yeah it has. Alabasta seems like a lifetime ago. I was hoping we'd run into you again" Zari said grinning happily at him.

"'We'? Don't you mean you?" Ace continued to grin because he was glad to see his old friend. Zari's smile fell as she lowered her gaze and blood rushed to her cheeks. He turned and signaled for her to follow him.