note. one piece © eiichiro oda.


— sweet dreams
by breakable bird

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Koala has nightmares.

They're always the same, so with time, they become almost comforting. But not really 'cause they're nightmares. She cleans the house and smiles when she remembers she has to and when her muscles start to get tight, waiting for a hit or a scream or the feared kill her she tells herself she's being silly, because now, Koala is free.

Fisher Tiger is really, really good, she thinks, just a child in the big world, a sleepy, kind, soft smile. Her mother listens to her chattering about sticky hands and sharp laughs and her heart clenches just a bit, but she is a mother and Koala is always going to be first.

(She reads in the paper —The famous criminal Fisher Tiger is dead.

Is dead.

Is dead.

And then the letters are so blurry and why? she thinks, Koala cries, Koala yells and her pretty lazy almost sleepy eyes are so sad, and so full of betrayal and she asks why, mother? Why?

She doesn't say a thing and, at night, kisses her forehead like everyday and then whispers "sweet dreams, Koala," and she leaves.)

Koala smells sea salt (her tears) and harsh words.

You are free.

Koala has nightmares.

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the end.