Ch. 7- The Date
One Piece © Oda
Blizzard © Me
3:45 pm. Tuesday, March 16th.
The bell for school had rung, signaling the end of the day, once again.
Luffy was heading home for the day. Today, he decided to take his bike, again, considering the nice weather. Of course, Blizzard came along with him and waited for him to come out.
Today had been as good as yesterday. Luffy was able to do both his geometry and history without distractions or falling asleep in class. He also tried out for the school soccer team and made it, as did Zoro, Usopp, and other students. Nami and Vivi were cheerleaders, so they didn't actually count.
Plus, he hadn't seen hide or hair of the Hyena Gang since yesterday.
As Luffy and Blizzard headed for home, the former only had one thing in mind: his date with Nami tonight.
Luffy was preparing to go to Nami's house and pick her up. He had just gotten through looking himself over in the bathroom and was leaving a note for Ace, telling him that he'd be gone for a while.
As he prepared to head out the door, he turned to Blizzard, who was lying on the sofa.
"Ace will be home, later, buddy," said Luffy. "Until then, be a good boy and try not to mess up the house. Okay?"
WOOF! Blizzard barked at the teen.
With that, Luffy left, shutting the door behind him.
Luffy had arrived at Nami's house, right on time.
BZZZZ! He rang the doorbell.
The door opens, revealing Nami's older sister, Nojiko.
"Oh, hey, Luffy!" she greeted.
"Hey, Nojiko," Luffy greeted back. "I came to pick up Nami."
"Of course," Nojiko said. "Let me go get her." She turned to face the stairs. "NAMI~! LUFFY'S HERE~!"
"You don't have to yell, Nojiko! I heard his voice!"
Nojiko turned back to Luffy.
"She'll be right down," she told him.
Luffy stood in the doorway, his hands in his pockets, tapping his toe impatiently.
At that moment, Nami came down the stairs. She was dressed in a purple shirt with the number 73 on the back, and wore a periwinkle skirt with light orange rhinestones on the trims.
Luffy felt his heart beating overtime when he saw her.
"Hey, Luffy," she said. "You ready to go?"
"Yeah!" Luffy replied.
Nami smiled as she and Luffy headed out the door.
"Luffy!" Nojiko called after the two. "I want you to bring Nami home by 8:30!"
"Okay!" Luffy called back.
And so, Luffy and Nami's date began.
Luffy and Nami went to the local Italian restaurant. There, they ordered some garlic-and-cheese lasagna.
Luffy ate his rather messily, despite his hardest to behave in front of Nami. He was afraid that she might disgusted with his eating habits, but then again, she always with him and the rest of the guys during lunch at school, and it didn't seem to bother her once. Still, Luffy decided to tone it down a bit with the eating.
During this time, he couldn't help but notice that Nami was smiling a little.
7: 14 pm.
Luffy and Nami arrived at Going Merry Park. They, along with Zoro, Usopp, and Vivi, would come down here when they children, and they still do, today, only now, they prefer Going Merry Park as their hangout on weekends, and, often, after school.
As the two teens walked through the flower garden of the park, Luffy picked a white flower and gently tucked it in hair, the stem curled behind her ear.
"It brings out your hair, even more," he told Nami.
Nami smiled at Luffy as they continued their walk through the park. The latter of the two couldn't help but notice that the former had a soft tint of pink on her cheeks.
Luffy smiled a bit at that.
7: 55 pm.
After a lot of walking and talking, Luffy and Nami ended up at the park fountain. The fountain statues consisted of two mermaids holding up a baby whale.
The two teens sat at the fountain's, not too close to the water so as not to fall in. As they say, they looked up to the starry Spring sky.
"It looks beautiful," Nami commented. "Like a sea of stars."
"Yeah," Luffy said. "You know, when I get older, I wanna go out to sea someday. See the world and what it has to offer. Maybe you could come with me."
"Maybe," said Nami. "To be honest, I really wanna be a meteorologist. Predict the weather and all that."
"That's fine," said Luffy. "It won't really matter to me what you decide to do."
A slight pause came. The only thing that broke the silence was the gurgling of the fountain.
"Hey, Nami," Luffy said.
"Yeah?" Nami replied.
"There's something I have to tell you."
"What is it, Luffy?"
"What? Just spit it out."
"Nami…I like you."
Nami smiled at Luffy.
"I like you, too, Luffy," she said.
"N-no, you don't understand. I…I LIKE, like you."
Another slight pause.
"You mean you…you LOVE me?" Nami asked.
"Yeah," Luffy answered. "I have since the day I met you."
"Well…why didn't you say anything, before?"
"I wanted to…but, when I found out that you were going out with Sanji…I knew I missed my chance. Look, I probably sound shallow, right now, for telling you two days after you broke up with Sanji and everything, but I just had to get it off my chest!"
Yet another pause.
Luffy heaved a sigh.
"I'm sorry, Nami. I wouldn't blame you if you didn't wanna see me, anymore, but I just couldn't stand keeping it bottle-"
Before Luffy could finish, Nami suddenly grabbed him by his shoulders, looked him dead in the eye, and then…she captured his lips with hers.
Luffy's eyes went as wide as saucers. He didn't really know how to react to this, but soon, instinct took over, and his eyes fluttered closed as he deepened the kiss. He wrapped his arms around Nami, who did the same with his neck. Waves of passion exploded within the two as they began to hungrily grind each other's mouths.
They didn't know if anyone was watching, nor did they care. All that mattered to them now was their kiss…and how right it felt.
The two broke away to breathe, a thin string of saliva forming across one lip to another. The moment they did, they soon looked each other in the eye, again, and Luffy gently pressed his forehead against Nami's, a soft smile upon his face. Nami returned to the smile, her lips slightly swollen and a tad sore from the kiss.
No words were spoken, for they were not needed.
Nami had physically told Luffy that she loved him back.
Luffy had just returned home after he had dropped Nami off 15 minutes earlier. As soon as he got back, he was greeted by Blizzard, who jumped up and licked his face.
"Hey, buddy!" Luffy greeted as he scratched the dog's ears. "You been a good boy, huh?"
Blizzard seemed to nod his head.
"Well, look who just came home."
Luffy looked up and saw Ace approaching him from his room.
For some reason, something was telling Luffy that he should be bolting for his room.
"Hey, Ace," said Luffy. "Is…something the matter?"
"Well, I'm glad you asked, Luffy," he said. "When we took Blizzard in, we agreed on some ground rules. One of those ground rules was to put him in the backyard when no else is at home."
"Yeah, so?" asked Luffy.
Ace pulled something out of his pocket. That something appeared to be a pair of boxers with a flame pattern on it…only, they were in shreds.
"When I got back," Ace started, "I found these in the dog's mouth. These were my favorite pair of drawers. You know what's coming, don't you?"
Luffy swallowed the lump in his throat.
"Oh, c'mon, Ace," he said, nervously. "It was an accident!"
Ace put his index finger in his mouth, and then pulled it out, revealing a glob of spit.
"C'mon, Ace!" Luffy protested as he backed away. "Please, not Wet Willy!"
"Yes, Luffy," Ace said. "Wet Willy!"
There was a silence, but it was soon broken by a disgusted, agonized scream.
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