"Hey, Zoro, check it out!" I pointed to an island in the distance. "That island is in the same direction the bird went! Do you think that it landed there?"
Zoro looked over to the guys who were rowing the boat for us. "Hey, get us over that island."
"Yes sir!" they said, half-terrified, and paddled as fast as they could so they won't get another trashing.
We managed to get to the island in half the time it would normally take.
I looked around the island town and found that nobody was there. "Huh, that's strange. I wonder where everyone is..." I scratched my head.
"Right now we should be more focused on finding Luffy," Zoro told me.
I nodded in agreement. "Yeah, we should probably check the town square, since that's usually the first place he goes when he's in a town," I said and we headed to the square.
And the first sight we saw was Luffy in a cage, and a girl with orange-blonde hair about to be attacked by a bunch of pirates.
I looked over to Zoro. "You go ahead and save that girl. I'll go get Luffy."
Zoro nodded and did what he was told. I ran over to Luffy.
"Ah, Zoro, Flare! You guys came!" Luffy said.
I sighed. "You're such an idiot, Luffy..."
"What are you doing in a cage, Luffy? Seriously, Flare and I just leave you for about an hour, and you managed to get yourself in so much trouble, baka," Zoro told him.
"That's Luffy for ya," I said with a shrug.
"Eh, Zoro?" I heard the pirates mutter. "You mean the pirate hunter Zoro? Why is he talking with the thief?"
"So, you're pirate hunter Zoro," the clown guy (who I guessed was the captain 'cause of the hat he was wearing) said. "Are you aiming for my head?"
"I have no interest in that anymore," Zoro replied. "I'm no longer a pirate hunter, I quit."
"But I have some interest, if I kill you, my name will become more famous," the clown muttered.
"Get 'em, Captain Buggy!" the pirates yelled. So this guy's Buggy...
Buggy charged at Zoro with daggers, but Zoro cut him into pieces.
"Huh, so this guy's weak," Luffy crossed his arms.
The pirates started laughing. I raised an eyebrow. What the hell is going on? Their captain died, but they're laughing...
Zoro went over to the cage. "Looks like we need a key. I can't cut through these bars."
"Yeah," I muttered.
Just then, I noticed something coming towards Zoro.
"Zoro, watch out!" I yelled, but it was too late, Zoro had gotten stabbed and fell to the ground. I clenched my fist and looked over to Buggy. He was in one piece! Dammit! We're dealing with a Devil Fruit user!
"The Bara Bara No Mi is the fruit I ate!" Buggy yelled. "That means even though you cut me, I can still live!"
I tried holding myself back, but I snapped and instantly punched him in the face. He went flying, and he was covered in blood from his mouth.
"YOU DESERVED THAT, YOU BIG NOSE!" Luffy yelled. "THAT WAS DIRTY!"
"WHO DID YOU CALL BIG NOSE?!" Buggy yelled and chucked a knife towards Luffy.
"Luffy!" Zoro and I yelled, but Luffy caught the knife with his mouth.
"I swear," Luffy started. "I'm gonna take you down!"
"Oho, take me down?" Buggy said. "Puahahahaha! You're gonna take me down? You're hilarious! You four are gonna die on the spot now!"
"Everything's finished," the girl with orange-blonde hair said. "We're dead."
"Zoro!" Luffy yelled.
Zoro looked at him, but I already knew what he was going to say.
"Hey, your friend came here to save you, yet you're telling him to run away?" Buggy asked.
He nodded. "Okay."
"Baka! Do you think I'm gonna let you go, Roronoa Zoro?" Buggy yelled. "Bara Bara Cannon!"
While Buggy was using his severed hands that were holding knives to try to get a hit at Zoro, meanwhile Zoro was tipping the cannon to the other direction, which was directly towards Buggy.
"AAH! IT'S POINTED AT ME!" he yelled.
"Oi, I need a light," Zoro told us.
"Ah.." the girl hurriedly lit the cannon.
"DUCK!" the pirates yelled, but it was a little too late.
"This is a good time to go," Zoro said and turned to the girl. "Who are you, anyways?"
"I...I'm a thief," she answered.
"That kid," Luffy started. "Is our navigator."
"You're an idiot, aren't you?" she yelled. "You're still on about that?! If you have time to say stuff like that, then how about you think about a way to get yourself out of that cage!"
"Hey, that's a good idea," Luffy said. "I'll do that."
She looked at him like he was a hopeless case.
"No, it's okay," Zoro said. "You just stay in the cage!"
He started to lift the cage.
"H-Hey! Stop it!" I yelled. "You'll just make your injury worse, Zoro!"
"I can take care of myself!" he insisted.
I sighed. "I guess there's no way to get to you, is there?"
Once Zoro started moving, we took off with the cage.
"I guess even lowly pirates can still rescue friends," I heard the girl mutter in the distance.
After a while, he stopped in front of a pet food shop and collapsed.
"You sure you don't want me to help you carry this damn cage?" I asked him while jabbing my thumb towards the steel cage.
"Nah," he answered and sat against a pole.
Meanwhile, Luffy's attention was focused on the dog in front of the store. "Doggie," he said and rolled the cage towards it.
"Do you guys think this dog is frozen?" he asked us.
I shrugged my shoulders. "How should I know? It's probably a statue since it isn't moving."
"I don't care if sits there forever," Zoro replied.
"I wonder if it's dead..." Luffy poked the dog and it jumped and bit him!
I started laughing hysterically. Ah, the things Luffy gets himself into.
"STOP GOOFING AROUND, LUFFY!" Zoro yelled at him, while I continued to laugh.
"Ow, ouch! GET IT OFF! GET IT OFF!" Luffy shouted frantically trying to get the dog off of him. The dog finally let go of him and just sat there on the ground again. "Phew."
My laughter died down and I took a seat next to Zoro.
"Hey!" we heard a voice and looked over to see who it was. It was the girl from before!
"Oh, it's our navigator," the three of us said in unison.
"Says who? I still haven't agreed!" she said and tossed a key by Luffy. "You're welcome, by the way."
"Haha! Thanks!" Luffy said.
"Arigatō," I said politely, unlike Luffy, who really was just being himself.
Just a little while afterward, the dog swallowed the key! All of our jaws dropped.
Luffy was the first person to react (probably because he was the one that was stuck in the cage). He strangled the dog, yelling at it to spit out the key.
"Hey! Stop that!" an old man yelled. "Leave Chouchou alone!"
"Chouchou?" the girl asked.
"Oh, sorry. Is this your dog?" I asked.
The man shook his head. "No, but he belonged to a friend of mine," he noticed Zoro's wound and was shocked. "What happened?! Did those pirates do this?"
We nodded. "Yeah."
"How's Zoro going to be?" Luffy and I asked him.
"He'll be fine. I'm letting him sleep in my house for the time being. He just insisted that he'd sleep the wound off even though there's a doctor at the shelter," the man, who we found out was the village chief, answered.
I sighed. "Well, at least we know he's gonna be okay." Honestly, he's so stubborn.
"Hey, what's this dog doing here?" Luffy asked.
"Chouchou here is guarding this store," the chief answered. "I just came to give him some food."
"Ah! Now that I'm looking carefully I see that it is a store...huh, a pet food store," the girl, Nami, muttered. "But why is he guarding the store? Isn't his owner going to do something? His owner is at the shelter right now, right?"
"No, I'm afraid not," the chief said. "His master already left to the next world because of a sickness. Three months ago he was hospitalized and he told Chouchou to look after the store while he's at the hospital."
"So, could it be that the dog is still waiting for his master to return?" Nami asked.
"That's what all of the villagers think, but I see this situation in a different light. I think that Chouchou knows his master has gone on to the next world, but is still guarding this place because he treasures it."
"I see," I muttered. "So this store is a treasure to this dog..."
"ROOOAAAARRR!" we heard something in the distance roar. I couldn't make it out very well, but it sounded a lot like a lion's roar.
"W-what's that?!" Nami asked, terrified.
"It's beast tamer Mohji!" the chief answered.
"RUN AWAY!" the chief and Nami ran behind a building, leaving Luffy and I to deal with the weirdo in front of us.
[A/N: Well, I decided to not include the fight between Luffy and Mohji in this episode 'cause I got lazy and wanted to update this chapter as fast as I can. Hope I didn't leave anything out here for the episodes I put in here (4-6). If I did, then go ahead and tell me so I can fix it.]