Nami stepped in what was said to be her room. She dropped her bags in astonishment. She was amazed by the size, but she was even more amazed at the fact that it was already decorated. The walls were painted a soft orange color aside from one wall behind her bed where an ocean was painted.
She had a queen sized bed in the center of that wall. Double doors were located on the wall across from her and she could see it led to a balcony. A large dresser beside that wall in front of the bed and a flat screen TV sat on top of it. A love seat couch sat in front of her bed, facing the TV. Bookshelves fit the entire wall on each side of the dresser. There was no door to the bathroom that was right on the same wall to her left. There was a door to the right of her bed, which she assumed was her closet. Unlike the other rooms, this room had everything she needed. She had to admit, the giant TV was a bit over the top.
Nami walked towards her balcony and stepped outside. The night was breezy and it was a cloudless night. The balcony faced the front of the house, so she got a good view of everything. She could see a beautiful view of part of the city and she could almost see the beach from here. She didn't have anything like this back at her old home. Just thinking about it, she really missed Nojiko and the home they shared together. She remembered living there with Bellemere and growing up in Arlong's hands. She couldn't forget it all.
She turned to her right and saw another balcony right next to hers. It must be connected to Luffy's room. She heard footsteps coming from her room behind her. She didn't need to turn around to know who it was. His shadow made it perfectly clear.
"You reserved this for me?" murmured Nami.
"Is that bad?"
"I just want to know, why?"
"I just wanted you next to me, even though we're not dating anymore." Luffy looked down sheepishly. "I've been going crazy for the past two years, wondering if you were okay, if you were lonely, if you still thought about me. I'm being selfish, but you need to know that you still mean a lot to me."
Nami bit her bottom lip. "What about Marguerite?"
"What about her?"
"You're dating," Nami said bluntly.
"Dat - We're not dating! We never were! She's just a friend."
"A friend that would let her stay in his room when I'm right here?" Nami regretted raising her voice, but she had to make her point. This was too much for her and she didn't know how much longer she could handle it. "You brought home another girl while I've been sitting here thinking about all the possible case scenarios you've had with her! Don't you know how much that hurts me?"
Nami was nearly thrown off her feet when Luffy suddenly embraced her in a tight hug. She felt her spine tingle again, and for some reason, that has been happening a lot lately whenever she touches him. Due to her position, she couldn't break free, but he only hugged her tighter.
"I've been hurting you this whole time and I never even realized it. What kind of man am I if I can't even realize a girl's pain. Nothing went on between her and I. If anything did, I wouldn't be rubbing her in your face. I'm not that kind of person, you know that."
Nami pulled away from the embrace and looked him straight in the eyes.
"How'd you meet her?"
"Rayleigh and I have been touring different countries. I've been learning different fighting techniques and more advanced stuff for school. We found her during our stop in Germany over a year ago. She lived on her own and she was at the top of her class in a dojo. She'd train with me and we got close. I told her about you guys and apparently I inspired her. She wanted to be a part of group as well, so we brought her along. She's just looking for a crew and a place to stay. I'm having her stay in my room because she's not staying long."
Nami had her lips pursed the whole time. "Why won't you let her stay in one of the guest rooms? There's a bunch of vacant rooms downstairs."
"I'm still thinking of what I'm going to do with those rooms. I'm leaving it alone for now until I get a few opinions from Franky, Robin and Usopp."
Nami bit her bottom lip. She didn't know what to say. He's grown, and it was shown through his explanation. Although they were close, there was no sign of any romantic affection between the two of them. Nami sighed. She felt guilty for even suspecting him, but could you really blame her?
"I believe you."
Luffy grinned, but it immediately disappeared when he looked away and coughed.
"Uhm, now that that's cleared up... do you want to pick up where we left off two years ago?"
Nami hesitated as she looked away from his eyes. As much as she wanted to be by his side again, she didn't want to end up getting hurt again. She turned around and faced the front of the balcony so her back faced him.
"...I think we should wait."
Luffy reached out to grab her, until he grew hesitant. His arm fell to his side.
"I've lost your trust, haven't I?"
Nami remained silent. Luffy sighed, but smirked.
"Fine." Nami turned around, stunned by his response.
"I'll make it up to you. I'll win you back again. I'll make you fall in love with me again before you know it."
Nami saw the enthusiasm and determination in his eyes. Even though she just rejected him, he still loved her.
There isn't anyone who means more to me than you do.
From the corner of her eye, she saw the lights in the loft turn off.
"Luffy, everyone's going to sleep. Let's go to bed," Marguerite called from the loft below.
"Damn you, Luffy!" Sanji yelled from his room.
Nami looked back up at Luffy and noticed he hasn't stopped staring at her. She felt flustered and her cheeks grew warm. The gap between them seemed somewhat smaller than it usually was. Luffy chose to close that gap by leaning in and planting a gentle kiss on her cheek.
Nami felt like she was burning. Luffy smirked at her before leaving her room. Nami turned around and faced the view of the city. She placed a hand on the spot that tickled her most. She could still feel those lips on her cheek. Soft, moist, and gentle.
She smiled and chuckled to herself.
The next morning, everyone was scattered around the kitchen and living room while Sanji prepared breakfast. Nami was the last to walk in when she immediately caught the eyes of Luffy staring at her from the end of the table. She didn't know what to say, but thankfully Vivi popped out of no where and jumped on her.
"Good morning, Nami-san! I never thought I'd get the chance to see you this early in the morning," Vivi said cheerfully. Nami agreed. Everyone seemed to be liking the idea of living together. It was like they were closer than ever. It was like those two years apart never happened.
"Alright, breakfast is served," said Sanji as he placed all the dishes on the long table. "Get whatever you can before Luffy does."
Everyone took their seats around the table. Some had to sit at the bar area for there was no room at the table.
"So," Usopp swallowed before continuing. "What are we going to do for the next three days? Classes don't start until then."
"We can go furniture shopping," suggested Robin. "Some of us still lack a few necessities."
"She's right," said Vivi. "Then again, we don't really have any other transportation other than Zoro's bike."
"Motorcycle," Zoro corrected.
"What's the difference?"
"'Bike' makes me sound like a child." Vivi rolled her eyes.
"We'll worry about that tomorrow," Luffy said with a full mouth. He swallowed it all and grinned. "I just want to spend the day with you guys."
In the end, the crew decided to spend their time doing what ever they wanted. It was a cold day, but that didn't stop the boys. Luffy, Usopp, Brook and Chopper were messing around in the pool outside. Zoro and Sanji were competing with one another on every game in the game room. Franky disappeared after saying he had something important he had to do.
The girls on the other hand, stayed inside in the living room where it was warm.
Vivi couldn't concentrate on the TV due to the guys' loud yells outside.
"How could they run around naked while its below fifty-five degrees outside," said Vivi.
"Makes me crave for some hot chocolate." Robin got up and winked at Vivi.
"Oh! Me too!" Vivi followed Robin to the kitchen, leaving behind Marguerite and Nami alone. It was an awkward thirty seconds of silence until Marguerite spoke up first.
"So, you're the famous Nami, huh?" Marguerite eyed her.
Marguerite smiled. "Luffy talked about you all the time, almost everyday. He'd always stare at the locket you gave him before he'd go to sleep and before he'd go training. You were always on his mind. I've always wanted to meet you."
Nami blushed. "I'm sure it got annoying, didn't it? He didn't say anything bad, did he?"
"No! Of course not! I really admired you. I never had anyone love me that much in my life. You really affected him... I'm not sure if its in a good way or in a bad way though."
Nami laughed. Her reaction surprised even herself. She never thought she'd be having this kind of conversation with her.
"Yeah, sometimes I worry about that too. He still acts like a little kid."
"Can't argue there."
"So, how was training with him? Has he improved a lot?"
Marguerite nodded. "Oh yeah. Even Rayleigh-san was surprised by how much he's grown. When we first started, we were somewhat on equal level."
"Really? You were as strong as Luffy?" Nami couldn't imagine this slim and tiny person having the same monstrous strength as Luffy.
Marguerite smiled triumphantly. "We were on equal grounds, in academics too, until he learned new methods and new techniques. His academics has improved a lot as well. He was really determined. No matter what, he never gave up. I wonder why."
Nami smiled. She too would like to know what was going through Luffy's head during his training. What was he thinking about during his time away? What did he see? Who did he meet other than Marguerite. Did he fall in love?
Nami paused. That last question just suddenly popped into her head. The reason probably being that she was talking to Marguerite, the one person that got to get close to Luffy while she wasn't around.
"What's wrong?" asked Marguerite. "You suddenly look scared."
"Its... Uhm, I just want to know one thing. Its been bugging me since last night."
"What is it?"
"Did you ever had any... romantic feelings.. for Luffy?"
Marguerite looked away. Nami knew that look. In other cases, she didn't want to know the truth. She would live off a whole lot better if she didn't know. But she had to make this whole rumor come to clear.
"At some point, I did." Nami bit her bottom lip. "Those feelings grew as I got to know him more. But it was you that was on his mind 24/7. He never even considered me, and I knew I would never have a chance with him. I gave up after a while. It took some time, and it hurt, but I'm over it now, so don't worry."
"...Does it hurt now?"
Marguerite smiled lightly. "You don't have to worry about me. You should worry more about your relationship. I heard you turned him down last night?"
"I just wasn't ready to take that step forward again."
"I see, but you better be careful. There are a lot of women out there who are willing to go out with a guy like him."
Nami's eyes widened. "You're not-"
"I didn't mean me. But if he can easily charm girls like what he did with you and me, you shouldn't be surprised if another girl shows up in his life. Consider that."
In GLA, I really rushed into LuffyxNami's relationship without any character development. I'm going to do my best to make it up here.
It had to take me half an hour to write 1000 words =u=
Thankfully I wrote quite a lot in my precalculus class the past week. For some reason, I do my best thinking in my math class. It worked last year.