Valkyria : Hello, I'm particularly new to the One Piece world and I sincerely hope you guys go easy on me, but not too easy. I'm still learning about the world of One Piece.
This story is mostly AU -Alternate Universe- so as some of you author's know, some rules about canon apply and some don't! Yes, I am aware that Ace and Luffy are adoptive brothers.
Disclaimer : I claim no rights to the anime/manga One Piece! I do own this wonderful plot
Current Song : Share The World.
"A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats." - Stephen Crane.
Chapter One : Adrift.
Voices? Was he dreaming?
"...don't know...found him about a day ago on the shore...where he came from..."
Yeah, those were definitely voices, but where were they coming from? Better yet, where was he, exactly?
He tried lifting himself from whatever he was lying on, but found himself instantly pushed back down by a pair of large, strong hands. His nose twitched when the smell of saltwater and gunpowder drifted past his nose.
"...need to rest, you hear?...few ribs broken."
Ribs? Broken? What was this guy talking about? Oh, must be his ribs that are broken. Well, damn, that wasn't good at all. He felt the same hand on his forehead and the tension instantly rolled out of his body.
The next time he opened his eyes, he found himself staring at a ceiling fan that probably seen better days. Turning his head slightly to the left, he saw an old table filled with medical supplies. Okay, so he was either in a hospital or a stranger's house.
He hoped it was a stranger's house, because if it was hospital then it was a crappy one.
A door opened and closed causing him to turn in the direction of the sound, there, standing in the doorway was an old woman who was certainly not dressed according to her age, but her body told a different story.
"Good, you're awake, I'm Dr. Kureha. Can you speak?"
"Y-Yeah, where am I?"
Kureha grinned, almost manically. "You're on Baterilla Island, boy, South Blue."
"Baterilla Island? South Blue?"
Kureha gave him an impatient look. "Yes, South Blue, where are you from? What's your name?"
He blinked, trying to remember and the moment he did, a wave of piercing pain erupted from the back of his head, causing him to scream out, he felt Kureha's weathered hands on his shoulders and it was much to his relief that the pain faded away.
"Tilt your head," Kureha commanded softly. "Your pupils are slightly dilated but you're fine, but from that bump on your head. I'm guessing you can't remember a damn thing can you?"
"No, I can't," he looked down. "When I tried, my head felt like it was hit by a brick."
"Well," Kureha looked over his face. "That scar over your right eye looks old, so we're not going to worry about that. Your ribs seem to be coming along fine, the only thing we have to worry about is your memory."
"Yeah, yeah, I know you don't remember anything, so we have to call you something. What do you want to be called?"
He reached up and scratched the back of his head. "I don't really know-"
"Antaeus? What kind of name is that."
"A good name," Kureha barked. "It means son of the sea and earth. It's a good, strong, healthy name for a boy like you."
The injured man, now known as Antaeus, grinned bashfully. "Alright then, if you say so." Antaeus looked around the room. "um, did I come in with anything? It might jog my memory."
"Yeah," Kureha picked up something from behind her. "This hat."
Antaeus blinked at the seemingly plain yellow straw hat with a red ribbon around it. He frowned when nothing came forth. "Are you sure it's mine?"
"Of course, it was beside you when we found you on the beach a couple of days ago."
Antaeus placed the hat on top of his head and smiled when it was a perfect fit. For some reason, he felt better than he had before. The hat definitely had some significance if it made him feel that way.
"Alright then, let's get you checked out and into the sun." Kureha said. "I have a few people to introduce you to."
A/N : I hope you guys liked it! Just a fangirls whimsical try at One Piece!