Title: Family Man
Type: Modern AU
Genre: Humor, Fluff
Disclaimer: I don't own anything from One Piece. One Piece belongs to Eiichiro Oda.
VTM: Challenged by Clareobell.
Roger was in a panic. With the rough economy, Roger found himself out of work, this left Rouge the position of being the bread winner. However, this would leave Roger with baby Ace for the daytime hours. At first he thought it was going to be easy, how hard could it be to watch over a baby? The kid would most likely be asleep and he'd get to watch TV. But just mere minutes after Rouge left, Ace woke and started to cry. It was only the first day, and already Roger was failing miserably. Rayleigh would be laughing his ass off at him if he could see him now.
He cried and cried; all the while Roger tried everything that he could think of to get the kid to calm down. He tried making silly faces, which instead seemed to scare the boy. He tried singing, which seemed to just irritate Ace even more. He even tried to give him a bottle of milk, but Ace threw it at Roger's face.
Finally Roger picked Ace up out of his crib, he was about to try to attempt to change his diaper when he noticed that Ace suddenly calmed down. Roger looked at his baby son and saw his big eye meet his as he clung to what he could of his father. The little thing whined and cooed, and reached out and gave Roger's mustache a tug.
Roger winced, but took it like a MAN. He walked around the house with Ace for a bit until the baby seemed calm and drowsy. Roger felt it was safe to put the boy back to bed. But just as he was setting him down in the crib, Ace roused and started to whine, his little face going red with the threat of tears.
"...It's going to be a loooooong day, isn't it?" Roger said with a sigh.
When Rouge returned home that day she was surprised to find Roger asleep on the couch. Clinging to his chest fast asleep was little Ace. She smiled; glad to see that things seemed to have gone well. She then walked over to the couch and gave Roger a peck on the head, rousing the man from his sleep.
"Hmm...?" Roger opened an eye and saw Rouge. "How did work go?"
Rouge smiled and scooped little Ace into her arms. "It went pretty well, I think that it'll work out fine. How was your day?"
Roger sat up and started grooming his now messy mustache. "Everything was perfectly fine! There was no need for your worrying!"
Rouge laughed and carried Ace off to his room. "Well that's good, because I have a pretty packed schedule!"
Roger smile suddenly faded. "H-how packed...?"