I love this little piece. Zoro's such a great character.

He traced the diagonal scar on his chest with his left hand, despite the pain it caused when he moved his arm, and clutched the unsheathed Wado Ichimonji with his left. He lifted his sword up with his bandaged hand, staring blankly at it.

I promise to never lose again!

Zoro ground his teeth, gripping the hilt so hard blood trickled out from his palm. He gazed at his eye's reflection on the blade.


The swordsman closed his eyes, disappointment washing over him.

You broke your promise.

Hachi, Daz Bones, those guys on Skypiea, Kaku, the zombie...

I'll be the greatest swordsman in the world!

Why is it that he lost again now, to that Kuma guy? He should have been stronger now!

"I lost..." Zoro muttered.

"No, you didn't."

Zoro opened his eyes in surprise when he heard reply. Brook stood in front of him, his expression unreadable (as it was impossible to tell a skeleton's emotions) as he stared down at the green-haired swordsman. "What the hell do you mean?"

Brook sighed, adjusting himself next to Zoro. "You didn't lose that fight."

Zoro cast his eyes down. "Yeah, I did."

"Luffy-san told me of your promise, to never lose again," Brook gave Zoro what looked like a small smile. "And you've stuck by it."

"No, I haven't," Zoro grumbled.

"Losing means losing your nakama. Losing means losing people you love. Losing is when you fail on what you started," Brook said, placing a skeleton hand on Zoro's shoulder. "You protected your captain. You didn't lose your nakama. You finished that pain, for your captain's sake." The corners of Zoro's mouth twitched upwards slightly. "You won that fight. Take that from someone who has lost."

All was silent for the next moment. Zoro nodded his head, unable to think of what to say.

He traced his scar- no, his promise again. It wasn't broken. It will never be broken, ever.

Zoro sheathed Wado. He will be the best, without a doubt.

Just you wait, MiHawk.

It's a little short, but I like it.