One Piece: Adventures of the Pirate Princess
Romance Dawn: A New Beginning
One Piece © Oda
Blizzard, Monkey D. Belle, Roronoa Hanako © Me
Summary- 5 years after he had begun his reign as King of the Pirates, Monkey D. Luffy and his beloved wife, Nami, have a child together; a daughter named Monkey D. Bellemere, or "Belle" for short. Several years after she's born, Belle grows up on the stories of her father's adventures, and dreams of becoming a great pirate like him, one day, or maybe even greater. She may get her wish when an accident changes her life forever.
Many years ago, a man named Gol D. Roger attained wealth, fame, and power, and earned the title of "King of the Pirates". Before his execution, this legendary man sent countless men to the seas.
"You want my treasure? You can have it! I left everything I gathered together in one place. Now you just have to find it."
With that, the Great Pirate Era had begun, and many went out to search for the legendary treasure: the One Piece.
Several years later, Monkey D. Luffy, a boy who obtained powers from the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit set out to sea in order to gather himself a pirate crew and become the next King of the Pirates.
Roronoa Zoro, the swordsman who uses Three-Sword Style.
Nami, a talented thief and navigator whom Luffy had fallen in love with.
Usopp, a liar, marksman, and the proud son of a great pirate.
Sanji, the rather perverted chef with very powerful legs.
Tony-Tony Chopper, a blue-nosed, transforming reindeer and doctor.
Nico Robin, the historian who ate the Flower-Flower Fruit.
Franky, the cyborg shipwright.
Blizzard, a white wolf-dog who became Luffy's most loyal friend.
Brook, a musical skeleton.
These individuals joined Luffy and became the Straw Hat Pirates.
The crew faces many struggles, including getting separated from each other.
Two years afterward, after undergoing extensive training, they reunite and continued their journey in the New World, where Raftel, the last island in the Grand Line, was said to hold One Piece.
Upon getting there, the Straw Hats did indeed find the One Piece…and it was breathtaking.
Of course…they would have to fight for it.
One of the Four Emperors, Marshall D. Teach, A.K.A Blackbeard, and his crew came to the island, and threatened Luffy and his friends to give up One Piece to him or lose their lives.
Luffy, having come too far, refuses and engages Blackbeard in single combat. In spite of Blackbeard's Darkness-Darkness Fruit powers, combined with various other Devil Fruit abilities that he had stolen, Luffy manages to claim victory only by a hair.
However, he was not out of the woods, just yet.
Akainu, who had been promoted to Fleet Admiral, comes to Raftel and orders the immediate execution of the Straw Hats.
Despite their exhaustion, the Straw Hats continue to fight, and Luffy, out of vengeance for his late older brother, Portgas D. Ace, whom Akainu had killed, kills Akainu himself, thus ending his threatening existence.
5 days later, Luffy awakens from a coma and finds not just his crew waiting for him…but his childhood hero, "Red-Haired" Shanks, there, as well.
As they had promised, Luffy returns Shanks's hat to him, but Shanks gives it back to Luffy, claiming that it was his hat, now. Since Luffy had grown attached to it, Shanks told him to keep it, and consider it as the "crown" of the King of the Pirates.
And so, with that, Luffy kept his hat and began his reign.
Blue Whale Island.
A popular tourist spot in the Grand Line where, as the name implies, blue whales often come to spawn. The locals making a killing off of blue whale merchandise, such as blue whale plush toys and ornaments. People often go out to the coast to do some whale watching.
However, all was not well on Blue Whale Island.
"PIRATES~! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES~!"
Yes. A merciless band of pirates had docked their ship here on this island and were starting to lay siege to it.
Innocent women and children were under threat.
Kiosks, shops, and stands were being raided.
Panicked screams filled the air.
"MYAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" laughed the pirate captain, a man of at least 40 years with a big, bushy maroon beard. "That's right, boys! Trash everything! Take whatever you can get and kill anyone who dares to stand in the way! MYAHAHAHAHAHA~!"
He then turned to a woman and a young girl, about 4 years old. The woman had a long gash going down her arm, an injury caused by the captain's cutlass.
"Well, well, my dears," the pirate captain said with a sick grin. "What to do with you two?" He put on a face like he was thinking.
"Whatever you want," said the woman, "just take it. Take my money. Take whatever you want, take my life if you have to! Just please, leave my daughter alone!
"Momma!" the girl whimpered as frightened tears spilled from her eyes.
"Oh, don't worry about your little girl, miss," said the pirate captain as he licked the blade of his cutlass. "I'll make sure that the little runt suffers just as quick a death as yours!"
The mother held her child close, prepared to take the full brunt of the attack, when suddenly…
"What in the name of Heaven and Hell is going on, here?"
The pirates looked up and saw 7 figures.
A skeleton with an afro.
A man that had huge, hulking arms that didn't appear to be human. He had a somewhat buzz-cut-type hairstyle, wearing a tropical shirt and a pair of Speedos.
A woman with long, raven locks wearing a green blouse with a floral pattern and a lavender sarong.
A blond man with a curly eyebrow wearing a black suit and smoking a cigarette.
A man with a long nose and long, curly black hair, armed with what looked like a black slingshot in the shape of a stag beetle's pinchers.
A man with green hair and a scar over his left eye, carrying three katana on his haramaki sash.
Lastly, a man with neck-length raven hair, a navy blue captain's coat dangling from his shoulders with the sleeves empty, and upon his head, a tattered old straw hat with a red band around the bowl.
"And just who the hell are you?" questioned the pirate captain.
The man with the straw hat said nothing. He just silently walked up to the captain, eyes concealed underneath the rim of his headwear. As he got within about a couple of feet in front of him, he stopped.
"What do you think you and your bastard friends are doing on MY island?" he asked.
"YOUR island?" the pirate captain repeated questioningly before he smirked. "How funny! Boys! Laugh with me!"
The pirates soon burst into laughter.
"What makes you so sure this place is yours?" asked the captain.
"Why don't you take a look at the flag, moron?" in the green-haired man, pointing one of his swords to the welcome sign that had been erected.
The pirate captain looked to where the man was pointing, but when he did, he soon wished that he didn't.
The flag was a Jolly Roger, the symbol of a pirate's faith and conviction…with a straw hat and crown over it.
It was then that the pirates began to put two-and-two together when they looked back to the one wearing the straw hat.
The man simply grinned.
"IT'S 'PIRATE KING' LUFFY~!" the pirates cried.
Indeed it is.
Monkey D. Luffy had certainly grown in the past five years. His hair had grown longer, and he had also grown some facial hair. Also, he had gotten more muscular during this time. He was now more mature than he used to be.
He now has a bounty of 950,000,000 Berries and has 100 islands in his protective custody, one of which is this one, and he only offered his services if the people paid with meat and drinks.
WROING! Luffy's arm started to stretch behind him.
BAM! Luffy fist connected with the pirate captain's jaw, making a powerful punch that sent him flying far away.
"CAPTAIN!" the pirates cried.
Luffy chuckled as he put a hand on his right arm.
"I still got it!" he said, proudly.
The pirates quivered. They had only heard of Luffy's exploits and his monstrous strength, but they didn't really believe in them…until today, of course.
Suddenly, the other figures that had followed Luffy surrounded the pirates.
Roronoa Zoro, now 26 years old, had become the world's greatest swordsman after finally defeating Dracule Mihawk, his former mentor. His hair had become a bit darker, and he still had that physique that his wife, Nico Robin, had fallen in love with. Unfortunately, Zoro still lacks when it comes to sense of direction.
"Okay, look," said Zoro. "Since you know who we are and since this will be so painfully easy, why don't you just do us a favor and haul your asses outta here?"
"That's right," agreed Usopp, his arms crossed over his chest.
Usopp had gained some more muscle over the past five years. Not just that, but he finally left behind his cowardly nature and had become a true brave warrior of the sea. His sniping skills have been made known far and wide.
His father, Yasopp, had never been prouder.
"Another thing," Sanji added as he took a drag of his cigarette. "Don't let us catch you here, again, especially when you're harassing the beautiful ladies of this island."
Sanji had definitely grown, as well. His physique was now a bit more muscular, and he had grown a full beard on his chin. His hair had been pulled back, revealing both of his swirl-y eyebrows. A year after Luffy became King of the Pirates, Sanji had finally found the true All Blue and has made delicious dishes with the fish that he had caught, ever since.
Now if only he still wasn't such a pervert.
"Also," Nico Robin began, "if you could, bring whatever treasure you've got to us…unless you're willing to throw your lives away to the hands of the Straw Hat Pirates." She chuckled.
Aside from her wardrobe, length of her hair, and her age, Robin hadn't really changed, very much. She had married Zoro after the Straw Hats found the One Piece and she had found the True History. However, she had decided to keep it secret, at least for now, anyway.
"OW!" Franky cried, striking his usual pose. "You guys must be SUPER crazy if you tried to challenge us!"
Franky also hadn't changed much, either. He was still the same rather eccentric cyborg shipwright who was proud to know that the ship he had built had withstood the seas of the Grand Line and had traveled all the way around the world.
"Yo-ho-ho-ho-ho!" Brook chortled. "Perhaps you'd like to hear a song before you go?"
Brook certainly hadn't changed, very much. He was still the same old music-loving skeleton of the Straw Hat crew who would always ask a young woman if he could have a peek at her panties.
He still got the same result: a kick to the skull.
The pirates stared at Luffy, eyes bugged and legs shaking. Some of them even looked like they were going to faint, right then and there.
Luffy raised his head up, a killer glare in his eyes, and the pirates felt a strange energy emit from him.
All of a sudden, FWUMP! THUD! THWUD! The pirates fell to the ground, unconscious, mouths foaming. However, the townsfolk didn't react.
They had seen this many times before.
"Throw them onto their ship and collect their treasure," Luffy ordered his crew.
"Right," the rest of the Straw Hats replied before they walked off.
A moment later, Luffy was receiving his payment for his services: a cartful of least 3 tons of meat and fine wine.
"As promised," said the mayor of Blue Whale Island, "here is your payment, Mister Luffy."
"Very nice," Luffy said.
"We also threw in some money," said the mayor. "10,000,000 Berries!"
"Good," said Luffy. "The missus will enjoy that."
"Hey, Luffy!" Zoro called.
Luffy looked over and saw his crew approach him.
"Bad news," said Zoro. "It turns out those pirates are flat broke. They don't have a Berry to their name!"
"It's okay, Zoro," said Luffy. "The townsfolk decided to give us some money. Even so, we're pretty much rich enough, already."
Franky grabbed the cart and started to pull it to the ship with just one hand.
"We'll be going now," said Luffy. "If you need us, you just call, but remember to have the right payment."
"Of course," said the mayor. "Thanks again for your help, Mister Luffy!"
"Just 'Luffy' is fine," Luffy corrected before he turned to follow his crew back to the ship.
However, as he was walking away, he suddenly felt a tug at his pants. Luffy looked down and saw the little girl whose mother was trying to protect her from the pirates. In her hand was a tiny flower.
"Thank you, Mister Pirate King," the girl said before she held up the flower to Luffy, an innocent smile on her face.
Luffy knelt down, took the flower in his hand, and said, "Anytime."
With that, he turned and left.
"You're starting to be quite popular with the children," said a smiling Robin, "huh, Captain?"
Luffy just chuckled in his throat.
The Thousand Sunny. The Straw Hats' ship…and their home.
This pirate ship had been through quite a lot, but she was still as strong and sturdy as ever. She had to be, due to the precious cargo that she was currently holding.
Luffy and the others soon boarded the ship, and the moment they did, they were soon greeted by a long, eerie howl. ARROOOOOOOOO~!
"Uh-oh," Luffy muttered as he saw a white wolf-like dog the size of a horse charging at him with his tongue lulling out of his mouth. "Blizzard…wait."
Yes, it was Blizzard, Luffy's loyal wolf-dog, now 10 years old, and yet he still had the energy of a puppy.
"Blizzard, wait!" Luffy cried. "Sit! Heel! STAY!"
THUD! Luffy was suddenly tackled onto the deck and his face soon came under attack from Blizzard's slobbery doggy kisses.
"Blizzard!" Luffy laughed. "Blizzard, stop! Ha-ha-ha-ha! Good boy! Okay, down! Down! Off!"
Blizzard backed away from his master, wagging his tail happily.
"Heh-heh," Luffy chuckled as he got up and wiped his face. "You been a good boy, Blizzard?"
WOOF! Blizzard barked.
Luffy laughed as he pet his best friend on the head.
"Mom! Dad! Uncle Luffy! Everybody!"
A boy, about 5 years old, came running from the upper deck, jumped up, and threw his arms around Zoro's neck. He looked like a smaller, younger version of him, complete with green hair. The only difference was that his skin was slightly darker, he had blue eyes, a shirt with the kanji for "flower" on it, blue pants that were torn at the ankles, and a pair of sandals. Strapped to his waist was a kodachi.
"Hey, there, Hanako," Zoro said as he hugged his son.
"Have you been good, like we asked?" Robin asked.
"Yes, Mom!" Hanako answered.
Roronoa Hanako, the son of Zoro and Robin. He had been conceived 3 weeks before the Straw Hats reached Raftel and was born nine months later. Zoro wasn't really going to name his son the name he had been given, but Robin insisted upon it, saying that she had always wanted to name her child "Hanako", regardless of the gender. Zoro reluctantly agreed, but he gave the boy his surname so as to make it sound stronger.
"Hey, Hanako!" Luffy said as he ruffled the boy's green hair. "Where's your Aunt Nami?"
"She's with Uncle Chopper," said Hanako. "She's been waiting for you, Uncle Luffy."
"Then I guess I can't keep her waiting anymore," Luffy said before he headed up the stairs, walking through the kitchen (grabbing himself an apple as he did), and entered the sick bay.
There, he saw his doctor, Tony-Tony Chopper, sitting in his swivel chair, holding the trumpet of a stethoscope to an orange-haired woman's bulging stomach.
Aside from his outfit, which consisted of a white coat and dark blue pants, Chopper hadn't really changed at all. However, he was no longer as gullible as he used to be. Two years ago, he had become a great doctor and had found the cure to every disease in the world.
"Oh, Luffy!" Chopper said as he finally noticed his captain. "Welcome back!"
Luffy smiled at Chopper before he went over to his current patient and gave her a chaste kiss on the lips.
"Good to see you, babe," Luffy said.
"You, too," Nami said back.
Nami was now 26 years old. She had since married Luffy after he became King of the Pirates, thus making her his beloved Queen. She had finally completed her map of the entire world, with Luffy's help, of course.
Now, she is enjoying life with her devoted husband and is happily awaiting the birth of their first child.
"So how's the kid doing?" Luffy asked he put a gentle hand on his wife's abdomen.
"Doing good," Nami answered him, putting her hand to her belly. "It's been kicking an awful lot, though."
"The baby's certainly going to be a lot more active," Chopper explained, "especially since it's been nine months, but I'll give Nami one more week, just to be on the safe side."
"Aww," Luffy whined. "Do I have to wait? I really wanna see my child, Chopper!"
"We can't really argue with Chopper, Luffy," Nami said. "He knows what's best for us when it comes to our health."
"Yeah, but still…" Luffy muttered with lips pursed.
"Oh, don't mope, hon," said Nami as she stood up and put her hands on his shoulders. "You know the wait will be worth it, right?"
Luffy looked to Nami and smiled.
"Yeah," he said. "It will."
Chopper smiled at the couple. Seeing them happy always made him happy, too.
"C'mon," Luffy said as he took Nami's hand. "I got some money, along with my usual payment."
"Really?" Nami asked. "How much?"
"Huh. I thought you'd get more than that, but I appreciate it, either way."
It was 3 o'clock in the morning, but it was still very dark out.
Everyone on the Thousand Sunny was sound asleep.
"Was" being the key word, here.
"GET UP! HURRY! EVERYBODY, GET THE HELL UP!"
"Dammit, Luffy, it's three in the freaking morning! What is it?!"
"And why the hell are you in your underwear?!"
"Nami's water just broke! She's going into labor!"
"W-what? Now?! But she's not due for another week!"
"HELP HER, DAMMIT!"
Nami is sitting in hers and Luffy's bed in the master bedroom, panting like crazy and clutching the sheets. She is in a great deal of pain, and all she can do is let out these ear-piercing, agonized screams.
"LUFFY, GET CHOPPER THE HELL IN HERE, ALREADY!" she yelled. "OH, MY GOD~!"
Outside, as Chopper neared the bedroom, he turned to the others.
"Sanji! Go boil some water!" the reindeer ordered.
Sanji nodded before he ran to the kitchen.
"Usopp! We need clean, warm towels!"
"Got it!" Usopp said before he ran to the bathhouse.
"Robin, do you think you could help me?" Chopper asked.
"I have done some nursing in my travels," the archeologist answered.
"Good!" Chopper said. "I'll need one of your clones!"
Robin nodded before she crossed her arms.
Beside Robin, another Robin appeared.
"Good," said Chopper. "Let's get to work!"
Luffy, meanwhile, was overcome with a case of the jitters. His wife is giving birth to his first child, and what was he doing? Shaking like a leaf!
Luckily, Zoro is there to calm his captain's nerves.
"Hey, calm down, Luffy," said Zoro. "Everything's gonna be fine. You saw what happened when Chopper helped Robin give birth to Hanako. Everything went without a hitch! Nami's in good hands…err…hooves."
"Y…you're right, Zoro," Luffy said. "It's just…it's my first kid, and I just wanna make sure that nothing goes wrong!"
"Hey, I understand," Zoro said. "How do you think I felt when Hanako was born? Even I was panicking! Now, c'mon, let's get you dressed."
Luffy nodded before Zoro took him to get dressed.
It has been 5 hours since Nami had gone into labor.
The crew had gathered inside the galley, except for Robin, who is still helping Chopper with helping Nami give birth. For the passed 5 hours, they've been hearing nothing but Chopper's cries of "Push, Nami! Push harder!", and Nami's screams of agony.
Luffy, now fully dressed, sat at the table, bouncing his leg up and down on the floor. He looked exhausted, but he couldn't rest knowing his wife was in such excruciating pain.
Hanako, innocent as can be, looked up to his father, who, on the inside, was just as nervous and exhausted as everyone else, only he didn't show it.
"Dad?" he asked. "Aunt Nami's gonna be okay, right? I mean…she's been screaming for hours."
Zoro gently patted Hanako's head.
"Don't worry, son," he said. "Aunt Nami will be just fine. You'll see."
Clink! Sanji placed a hot cup of decaf coffee on the table in front of Luffy.
"Here, Luffy," he said. "Maybe some coffee will help calm you down."
Luffy took the cup into his hands, but because he was just so nervous, his hands started to shake, causing the coffee to spill onto the table.
FSSSS! The hot coffee spilled onto Luffy's fingers, causing him to drop the cup on the floor. SMASH!
"Oh, crap!" Luffy cursed. "Sanji, I'm sorry! I'm just…I'm just so nervous, and-"
"Luffy, it's okay," Sanji said. "I understand."
"Yeah, it's your first child," Usopp added as he put a hand on his captain's shoulder. "We don't blame you for feeling nervous."
"But hey, Straw Hat," Franky said, "everything's gonna be fine! You'll see!"
"You guys really think so?" Luffy asked.
"Yo-ho-ho-ho!" Brook chortled. "Think? Why, we know, Mister Luffy! Miss Nami is a strong woman, indeed! We have faith in her and this child!"
Blizzard laid his head in Luffy's lap, whimpering.
Luffy smiled and scratched the wolf-dog's ears.
"Thanks, you guys," he said. "Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without you all."
The guys smiled.
Suddenly, they looked up at the sound of the door opening. It was Robin, who entered with a seemingly empty expression.
"Mom?" Hanako questioned. "Is everything okay?"
"What's up, Robin?" Zoro asked.
Worried by Robin's entrance, Luffy got up from his seat and approached the historian, putting his hands on her shoulders.
"Robin," he said. "H-how is she? Is Nami okay?!"
"Luffy, relax," Robin said. "Nami's just fine."
She then smiled.
"The baby's doing just fine, too."
Luffy went slack-jawed and wide-eyed. Slowly, his hands slipped off of Robin's shoulders.
It felt like all of time had frozen.
"You're not gonna faint like moss-head did, right Luffy?" Sanji inquired.
"Hey!" Zoro snapped.
Robin just chuckled, as did Hanako.
"Hey, Luffy," said Usopp. "Aren't you gonna go see Nami?"
"I can't move," Luffy answered.
Zoro chuckled before he walked up to his captain and put one of his arms around his shoulders.
"C'mon, captain," he said. "I gotcha."
With that, Luffy and Zoro walk to the master bedroom, and Hanako soon followed after them.
Nami lies in her bed, exhausted, a tired smile on her face. There are traces of tears going down her cheeks, and the bulge in her stomach had finally disappeared. Chopper handed the tired woman a crying bundle of sheets, which she cradled affectionately.
"Here you go, Nami," the little reindeer said.
"Oh, Chopper," Nami said.
The door opened, and Luffy walked in.
"Congratulations, Luffy," Chopper said with smile. "It's a beautiful little girl."
Luffy was speechless. He had to sit down, so he chose to sit on the bed. He looked to Nami, as if asking for permission, and she nodded. Gently, she handed the bundle to her King, who tenderly took it into his arms and cradled it.
Inside the bundle…there is a precious infant girl. She has a small tuft of black hair growing from her round head. She sleepily opens her eyes, revealing them to be a tawny brown, just like her mother's.
Luffy felt his heart melt and his eyes begin to well up with proud tears.
He just couldn't believe that this little girl…is his newborn daughter.
"Oh, Luffy," Nami said as she gently rubbed her finger against her child's cheek. "Isn't she the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?"
"Just like her mother," Luffy said as he kissed the baby's cheek. "I've never felt so proud."
Nami smiled, happily.
"My little Pirate Princess," Luffy mused. "Monkey D. Belle."
"Belle?" Nami repeated.
"Well, think about it," said Luffy. "Your mother's name was Bellemere, right? Belle is 'Bellemere' for short."
Nami's eyes widened, and she went teary-eyed once more. She couldn't believe what she was hearing.
Luffy wanted to name their daughter after her late foster mother.
Nami pulled her husband and her baby into her arms, sobbing happily. Luffy just laughed, and so did baby Belle.
That's when Hanako entered.
The green-haired boy stared at the raven-haired infant in Luffy's arms, then up at Luffy, as if he was asking for permission, as well.
"Would you like to hold Belle, Hanako?" he asked.
"Belle?" Hanako repeated.
"That's right," Nami said. "That's her name."
"Well…can I hold her?" Hanako asked.
"Of course," Nami answered. "Just be very gentle."
Hanako carefully took little Belle into his arms and cradled her. Belle looked up at the 5-year-old boy, and then, she began to giggle. Hanako couldn't help but chuckle, himself.
"Hi, Belle," he greeted her as he gave the newborn his hand to hold. "I'm Roronoa Hanako. It's nice to meet you."
Belle cooed and gurgled as she held Hanako's hand, and then let out a yawn.
"It looks like someone has the right idea," said Nami before she took Belle back into her arms.
As Belle fell asleep with her head against her mother's bosom, Luffy and Nami followed her lead, but not before the former mentally made this vow.
I promise you, Belle…Daddy will protect you, no matter what happens. I'll keep you hidden away from the World Government for as long as it takes. I don't want you to be branded a criminal simply for being born…not like how your Uncle Ace was.
~7 years later~
"Man the helms, crew! Unfurl the sails, first mate Hanako!"
"Aye-aye, Captain Belle!"
Aboard the Mini Merry II, two young kids are playing pirates.
Roronoa Hanako, now 12 years old, stood behind the boat's steering wheel. He has grown taller, wearing a red shirt with a golden yellow dragon printed on the front and a pair of blue denim shorts with his kodachi strapped to his waist.
Behind him stands a little girl, her arms crossed and a look of authority on her face. She wears a purple shirt with a grass-green skirt, and for some reason, she is garbed in a buccaneer's coat which is MUCH too big for her. Also, she is barefooted.
Monkey D. Bellemere, or "Belle" for short, is now a beautiful, bright, free-spirited 7-year-old girl. She had inherited her father's big appetite, mostly for strawberries. She also loved all sorts of animals, even spiders (much to her mother's chagrin). Also, she had inherited her father's love of adventure, the sea, and just being a pirate.
"Captain!" Hanako shouted. "It's an enemy attack!"
In the water that surrounded the Mini Merry, there was…a little toy boat that was designed to look like a pirate ship.
"Fire the cannons!" Belle shouted.
"Aye-aye!" Hanako said as he pretended to load a toy cannon, which squirted water at the toy boat, so much so, that it caused it to capsize.
"Enemy ship neutralized, Captain!" he said.
"Good work!" Belle praised. "Chalk up another for Belle and Hanako, the greatest pirates who ever sailed the seas!"
She made a chuckle that seemed relevant to another certain pirate captain.
"Okay, you kids!"
Belle and Hanako turned to see their mothers, Nami and Robin, standing in the doorway.
"Belle, it's time to give Daddy his coat back and for all little pirates to go to bed," Nami said with a grin.
"That goes for you, too, Hanako," Robin added.
"Aw, Mom~!" the kids groaned.
"Five more minutes!" Belle protested.
"Oh, no," Nami said as she went to pick up her little girl. "Bed. Now."
Belle was about to argue, but her tiredness betrayed her, for she let out this big yawn, making Nami chuckle.
Hanako climbed out of the Mini Merry II, letting out a yawn of his own.
"Your Mom's got a point, Belle," said Hanako. "I'm going to bed and you should do the same. It's late, anyway."
"Okay," Belle said with pursed lips and crossed arms, another trait she had inherited from her father.
With that, Nami carried Belle to her bedroom so she could put on her pajamas and get tucked into bed while Hanako followed his mother to do the same.
"Goodnight, Belle," Hanako called.
"Night, Hanako," Belle called back.
After getting her into her pajamas (a one-size-fits-all pair that looked like some yellow, rabbit-like creature with a lightning bolt tail and red cheek spots), having her brush her teeth and wash her face, Nami finally got her daughter into bed.
However, there was still one routine that had to be done before she could sleep.
"Mommy," Belle said as she was handed Wolfkins, her favorite white wolf plush.
"Yes, dear?" Nami asked.
"Tell me another story about Daddy."
Nami smiled. Ever since she was born, Belle had always been told stories about the Straw Hats' adventures before she and Hanako came into existence, but the ones she liked to hear the most were about Luffy.
"Okay, Belle," Nami said. "But if I do tell you a story, do you promise to go to sleep?"
Belle nodded in reply.
"Okay. Which one do you wanna hear, tonight?"
"Tell me the one where Daddy beat that mean Fishman, Arlong!"
"Again? I already told you that one at least 30 times!"
"I know, but that one's always the best!"
"Okay. So, while your Daddy was helping Uncle Sanji at the Baratie, Mommy stole the Going Merry when he wasn't looking, but he sent your Uncle Usopp and Uncle Zoro after her."
"And don't forget Johnny and Yosaku!"
"Right. And Johnny and Yosaku. So, anyway…"
Outside, Luffy was leaning on his back near the door, arms crossed and a smile on his face as he listened to his wife regale his daughter about his past adventures. He then looked up into the starry night sky and sighed, a feeling of nostalgia coming over him.
Those days may have long passed, but Luffy would always remember them.
It was probably about several hours later that Nami had finished the story and that Belle had finally gotten tired enough to go to sleep.
"Goodnight, Belle," Nami said.
"Night, Mommy," Belle said.
Just as Nami got up and was about to leave the room…
"…do you think I'll be a great pirate one day?"
Nami smiled sweetly and said, "I know you will, Princess."
"Maybe even greater than Daddy?"
Belle smiled before she closed her eyes and drifted off into a peaceful slumber, holding Wolfkins tightly as Nami turned off the lights and closed the door, preparing to head for bed, herself…until she bumped into Luffy.
"Oh!" she yelps.
"You just love speaking about the Glory Days, don't ya?" Luffy asked her with a smirk.
"Oh, hush, you," Nami said. "You know she won't go to sleep without a story."
Luffy simply shrugged and tucked his arms behind the back of his head.
"She always seems to like yours best, though," Nami commented. "You know, she does talk about becoming a pirate herself, someday."
Luffy chuckled as he put his arms on the railing.
"That's my girl," he said.
Suddenly, Luffy's smile sagged slightly downward, and he looked up toward the sky. He sighed, quietly, but Nami could tell, instantly, that something seemed to be troubling her beloved King, something that didn't happen very often.
She placed her hands on his shoulders, forcing him to look at her.
"What's wrong, babe?" she asked him.
"You really can tell, can't you?" Luffy asked.
"Well, duh, I'm your wife, numbskull. I know everything. Now what's wrong?"
Luffy let out a dry laugh.
"I thought you knew everything," he teased.
Heaving another sigh, Luffy turned to Nami with his eyes closed.
"I have this feeling that…maybe being here on the Sunny isn't really the proper place for Belle to grow up," he said.
Nami looked at him, confused.
"Are you saying that you think that Belle isn't safe here, anymore?" she asked.
"I dunno," Luffy answered. "I mean, sure, we've been doing a good job hiding the kids from the World Government and making sure that they don't get into any trouble every now and then, but…"
"I read you loud and clear, Luffy," Nami said as she held her husband's hand. "You're worried because…it's about what happened to Ace, right?"
"Nami, when Belle was born, I swore to myself that I would never let anything happen to her," Luffy said. "I mean, I'm her father, Nami. It's my job to protect her, no matter what!"
"I understand Luffy," Nami began, "but there's no need to feel so troubled, you know? You don't have to be on your guard with Belle, all the time. She's safe and that's all that matters, right?"
"…yeah. You're right, Nami. I just gotta stop worrying, that's all."
"That's the Luffy I know and love," said Nami before she gave her husband a peck on the cheek. "Now…are you coming to bed, or not?"
Luffy grinned before he followed his wife to their bedroom.
Still, the Pirate King couldn't help but feel a slight uneasiness in the pit of his stomach.
~The next day~
The wind is calm and the sea is beautiful. A picture perfect day for sailing the Grand Line.
On the Thousand Sunny, the Straw Hats are doing their usual routines.
Luffy is resting on the figurehead.
Zoro is weight-lifting on the deck.
Nami is in the master bedroom, sewing up Luffy's coat after it got slightly ripped in a barroom brawl that occurred last week.
Usopp is in the crow's nest, taking on watch duty.
Sanji is in the kitchen, washing dishes.
Chopper is in the sick bay, making some more medicine.
Robin is in the library, reading one of her history books.
Franky is down below deck, repairing a tire on the Black Rhino FR-U4.
Blizzard is running around the lawn deck, playing with the kids.
Brook is busy tuning his guitar.
"Faster, Blizzard!" Belle cried as she and Hanako rode bareback on the wolf-dog.
"Yeah!" Hanako agreed. "Show us the speed that 'White Wolf' Blizzard is known for!"
RUFF! Blizzard barked happily as he ran around in circles, faster and faster. Good thing that despite his old age, he could still handle carrying people on his back, specifically Luffy, Nami, or the children.
Luffy smiled from his favorite spot, happy to hear Belle and Hanako's laughter. To him, there was nothing more precious than a couple of children playing with their dog. Well, technically, Blizzard is Luffy's dog, but Luffy didn't mind sharing him.
Usopp, up in the crow's nest, smiled, as well as he watched the kids play with the ship's guard dog, when suddenly, he spots something off port. Looking through his binoculars, the sniper saw, to his shock, that it was a Marine battleship…and it was coming closer!
"Oh, no…!" Usopp gasped before he grabbed the Transponder Snail nearby and began to sound the alarm.
"Attention! Attention!" he shouted in the P.A. "Marine battleship spotted off portside and is heading this way!"
Luffy gasped before he jumped to his feet, ran down to the deck from the figurehead, and approached the kids.
"Sorry, kids, but playtime's over!" he said, quickly.
"Oh, come on, Uncle Luffy!" Hanako protested. "Why can't I fight with you and Dad and everyone else? I've got a sword, too!"
"It's because we need you to keep Belle safe from the Marines, son."
Hanako turned and saw Zoro coming down from the crow's nest.
"Listen, champ," said Zoro. "Go to your room and don't come out until we say so, got that?"
"And take Belle with you," Luffy added. "Make sure she does NOT leave your room until we give the all-clear! Okay? Right now, your job is to protect her!"
Hanako looked up at Luffy and Zoro, and then nodded, putting on a look of seriousness.
"C'mon, Belle!" Hanako said. "Let's go!"
"O-okay," Belle said as she let Hanako grab her hand and take her into his room, just as the rest of the Straw Hats came outside.
It looked like he had done so just in time, too, for the Straw Hats soon came face-to-face with the Marine battleship, and on board is Vice-Admiral Libra, a tall, dark-skinned man wearing a green pinstriped suit and a pair of fine brown leather shoes. Underneath that is a dark blue shirt with a lighter blue tie. Like most high ranking Marines, he wears a white coat draped over his shoulders like a cape, as well as the Marine cap, and strapped to his waist is a cutlass.
Behind him, many Marine soldiers stood at attention, waiting for orders.
"Well, well," said Libra in a deep baritone. "If it isn't the infamous Straw Hat Pirates?"
"Vice-Admiral Libra," Luffy mused with his usual toothy smirk. "And to what do I owe this visit?"
"I think you know very damn well, Monkey D. Luffy," Libra growled. "You and your crew are wanted, dead or alive, for acts of piracy across the world! Now, like always, I am going to try and be nice. You will give me your unconditional surrender!"
"Sorry," Luffy apologized, "but we're not in the mood for surrendering today, but then again, when are we ever?"
"Yeah, so get lost!" Zoro added.
"What a pity," Libra muttered, sarcastically. "As always, you leave us no choice! You Straw Hats are under arrest!"
"Hate to disappoint you, again," Luffy started, "but we're not in the mood for getting arrested, either, and we never will be."
"Well, I hate to disappoint you, Straw Hat," Libra began, "but I have orders to carry out." He then turned to the Marines behind him.
"Men! To arms!" he shouted. "Get the sea prism stone! Remember, we aren't dealing with your average pirates, here!"
"Guys," Luffy said. "Get ready."
CHANK! Zoro slightly pushed one of his swords out of the scabbard with his thumb.
KLANK! Nami put the pieces of her Sorcery Clima-Tact together.
Usopp armed himself with his Black Kabuto.
Sanji takes a drag of his cigarette, his feet itching to kick.
Chopper had a look of seriousness, holding a Rumble Ball in his hoof, just in case.
Robin crossed her arms, joining her husband's side.
Franky flexed his mechanical fingers.
Grr~! Slup! Blizzard growled and licked his chops.
SWISH! SWISH! Brook swung his sword before he placed it back in its sheath.
"ATTACK!" Libra shouted.
With that, the Marines went on the attack as they started to jump aboard the Sunny, armed with their rifles, sabers, spiked clubs, and bazookas, and, for good measure, some of those weapons had sea prism stone laced into them, but the Straw Hats were prepared.
"I got this, you guys," stated Usopp as he pulled his goggles over his eyes and pulled on the shafts of the Black Kabuto.
"Certain Death…Green Star…DEVIL!"
TWANG! BOOM! Usopp fired one of his Pop Greens at the Marines, and out came his huge man-eating flytraps!
"AAAAAAAAH!" one Marine screamed. "HELP! GET ME OUT OF THIS THING!"
"Another perfect shot by yours truly," the sniper said.
"Usopp, look out!"
Usopp turned and saw at least 12 Marines coming at him, but then, they are halted by several arms sprouting from their bodies.
KRRAAAAK! The Marines' spines were snapped.
"Thanks, Robin!" Usopp said, gratefully.
"My pleasure," Robin said with a smile.
KA-CHAK! BANG! BANG! Franky opened the hatches on his shoulders and fired his cannons at the Marines that are trying to board the ship.
TWANG! TWANG! Brook begins to strum a tune on his guitar, and the Marines around him start to fall under the spell of his music.
"Party Music~!" the skeleton sang.
"What beautiful tunes," said one of the Marines.
"So lovely!" said another.
"I feel like I'm in a festival!" said one more.
"Quinte Tierce FANTASIA!"
SLASH! Using a quick slash and sheathing his sword, Brook soon made quick work of the Marines.
"Kung Fu Point!" Chopper cried as he shifted into his Kung Fu Point form.
WHAM! BAM! POW! The transforming reindeer felled the Marines surrounding him with powerful punches and kicks, quick as a flash while he made loud battle cries. KLAK! The other Marines cocked their rifles, prepared to shoot him, but then…
SHOOM! With a roar, Chopper grew to enormous size, and POW! He brought down his mighty fists upon the soldiers.
"Don't go pointing guns at me, you got that?" he questioned.
WHAK! THWAK! Nami is swinging her Sorcery Clima-Tact at Marines, left and right.
"Black Ball: RAIN ROD!"
BLUMP-BLUMP-BLUMP! KRRZZZT! A chain of dark clouds formed from the Sorcery Clima-Tact, and with quick succession, Nami began to swing the chain around her like a whip, which shocked any Marines within her range. However, she didn't see one Marine coming up behind her until…
"Gum Gum BULLET!"
KAPOW! Luffy charged and punched the Marine behind Nami, much to her surprise.
"Thanks, babe," Nami said, gratefully.
"Don't thank me, yet," Luffy said as he pointed to some more Marines behind Nami.
"Oh, boy," Nami said. "This is gonna get messy."
"Yup," Luffy agreed.
Inside Hanako's room, Belle sat on the bed, hugging Wolfkins. Hanako stood at the door, looking at the porthole window, watching the battle go on but making sure that the Marines didn't notice him.
He smiled as he watched his father cut down a Marine with his famous "Black Rope Dragon Twister" attack.
"Yeah!" he cheered with a low, hushed voice. "Get 'em, Dad!"
Hanako turned to Belle, who gave him a worried expression.
"Daddy…he'll be okay out there, right?" asked Belle.
Hanako gave Belle a reassuring smile.
"Of course!" he said. "Your Dad always comes through, Belle!"
That seemed to lift the Pirate Princess's spirits a bit, but still, she was concerned for the wellbeing of her beloved father.
"FLANCHET! COLLIER! BOUCHE! DENTS! CONCASSE!"
WHAK! THWAK! BAM! POW! THWAM! Sanji laid powerful kicks to his opponents, defeating them with ease. Just as another Marine was about to attack…
"CROSSING OF THE SIX PATHS!"
SLASH! The Marine fell with six gashes on his torso.
"You really need to step up your game, cook!" Zoro shouted. "You saw him coming, and you didn't even try to hit him!"
"Oh, shut up, Moss-head!" Sanji spat. "I was just about to hit him, myself, if you didn't get in the way!"
"Oh, sure, you were!"
"Whatever, you moron!"
Yep. Some things never change.
STEEL TWISTER FANG!
WOOSH! Blizzard, combining his Steel Fang and Twister Fang attacks, struck down 15 Marines at once, and while he was distracted, Luffy had kicked a Marine (who had his cap pulled over his eyes) right underneath the wolf-dog.
Now, of course, Luffy often did have a sense of humor during a fight, and he couldn't resist the temptation.
"Blizzard!" he called to his dog, getting his attention. "Sit, boy!"
Just as the Marine managed to get his hat back atop his head, he soon wished that he didn't. FWOMP! Blizzard sat his bottom right on his face!
The Straw Hats, despite the seriousness of the battle, couldn't help but break out in a guffaw.
Luffy turned around. CLASH! He grabbed the blade of Libra's cutlass, cutting the palm of his hand as he did. As painful as it was, Luffy managed to push Libra back, and then roared as he punched the Vice-Admiral in the face.
Belle gasped as he heard what sound like a cry of pain…and it sounded like it came from Luffy!
"Oh, no!" Belle cried as she hopped down from the bed. "Daddy! He's hurt! I gotta help him!"
"No!" cried Hanako. "Belle, Uncle Luffy said don't go out there, yet! Belle, wait!"
Hanako's pleas fell on deaf ears, for Belle already opened the door.
"Daddy!" she called.
Luffy turned when he heard his daughter's voice, and he gasped.
"Belle!" he cried. "Get back inside! It's not safe, right now!"
Belle looked upon seeing a Marine soldier turning to her with his saber. He was startled when she suddenly appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and, out of panic, he did the unthinkable.
The air is soon filled with a shrill scream of agony, causing everyone to freeze, but the ones who seemed more horrified to hear that scream are Luffy and Nami.
Belle was down on the grass, holding the left half of her face, whimpering.
"Belle! Sweetie!" Nami cried as she ran to her daughter's aid. "Belle! Belle, are you okay? Look at me! Look at Mommy! Belle, let Mommy look at you!"
Belle raised her head up to look at her mother, but the moment she did, Nami gasped and had her hand clamped over her mouth.
There was a long, thin, deep gash going down Belle's left eye, which had closed on instinct when the Marine cut her there. The little girl had tears streaming down her eyes, which mixed with that blood as she continued to cry.
"Mommy~!" Belle sobbed.
"Oh…my…GOD!" Nami cried, also tearful before she pulled her daughter into an embrace. "BELLE, YOUR FACE! YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE!"
The Marine who had cut Belle, fearing that he may've done something terribly- which he did- began to back away, slowly, but he unknowingly bumped into someone. Turning around, he sees Luffy…looking down on him with an intense glare of fury and hatred.
"You just hurt my little girl," Luffy hissed. "You realize now what I'm about to do to you, right?"
Before the Marine could answer, Luffy suddenly grabs him and wraps one arm around his throat and the other arm wrapped around his head with his hand under his jaw.
"N-no! Please!" the Marine cried. "I-I'm sorry! I didn't know that-"
The Marine soon fell to the deck, limp and lifeless with his head and neck twisted in an awkward position with a look of shock etched on his face.
Luffy stood over the body, fists clenched and eyes burning with rage.
Just then, he heard what sounded like sinister chuckling. Looking up, he saw Libra, arms crossed and mouth upturned in a grin.
"My, my," he said. "What a delightful turn of events! 'Pirate King' Luffy and 'Pirate Queen' Nami have a daughter. Why does this not surprise me?"
Nami stood up, holding Belle close to her, glaring at Libra.
"I have to say," Libra began, "you must be so proud to be the parents of a dangerous future element."
"Don't you start pulling that crap off!" Nami spat, venomously, apparently not caring that her daughter may be listening. "Belle wouldn't harm a fly!"
"Maybe not now," Libra remarked, "but she is the daughter of two very infamous pirates."
Just as Libra made a motion to step towards Nami and Belle, his path is immediately intercepted by Luffy.
"If you so much as touch my wife or my daughter…I'll tear you apart," Luffy said.
"I don't think you're in any position to threaten anyone, Straw Hat," said Libra.
"You think I'm not kidding?!" Luffy questioned, raising his voice and his fist. "You just stay away from my little girl, do you hear me?! Our fight is not her fight!"
"Oh, is that so?" asked Libra. "Well…our fight may not be hers…not yet, at least. Let me ask you something. Do you fools really think that a pirate ship is a safe place to raise a child?"
Luffy's eyes seemed to go wide.
"I thought so," said Libra. "Men! Back to the ship!"
"A-are you sure, sir?" asked one of the Marines.
"Yes," Libra replied. "Now. And make sure to collect the body."
As the Marines prepared to board the battleship, making sure to take the corpse of their fallen comrade along with them, Libra turned to face Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hats once more.
"Listen, Straw Hat," said Libra. "You can't protect your daughter by keeping her on this ship forever. We'll get her…eventually."
With that, the Marines sailed away, leaving the Straw Hats somewhat concerned for the future of their charge.
At that moment, Robin turned her son's bedroom door.
"Hanako," she called. "Come on out now, hon. It's safe."
Hanako, who had remained hidden inside his room, came outside, and then ran up to Zoro and Luffy.
"D-Dad! Uncle Luffy! I'm so sorry!" he said. "I didn't mean to let her go out! I tried to-"
"It's okay, Hanako," Luffy said. "It wasn't your fault."
"It's no one's fault," Zoro added.
Hanako frowned and turned to Belle, who had a cloth over her eye to stop the bleeding.
"So…what do we do, now?" Nami asked.
Luffy heaved a sigh.
"Chopper," he called.
"Go tend to Belle's injury."
"Right away. Give her to me, Nami."
Nami handed Belle over to Chopper, who had shifted into his Heavy Point form and took her away to the sick bay to get her wound treated.
"C'mon, Belle," said the gentle giant human-reindeer. "Let's go get that eye of yours looked at."
As everyone was about to go back to doing what they were doing prior to the fight, Luffy caught Nami's attention by gently grabbing her arm.
"There's gonna be a meeting in the Aquarium Bar, later tonight," Luffy said. "Make sure the kids are asleep."
"Got it, Luffy," said Nami.
The Straw Hats sat in the Aquarium Bar, awaiting for Nami to enter so they could start the meeting.
"Well, Luffy," Nami said as she sat down beside her husband, "Belle's finally asleep."
"And so is Hanako," added Zoro.
"So…what did you wanna talk about, Luffy?" asked Usopp.
Luffy heaved another sigh.
"Guys," he said. "I think you should enjoy Belle's stay on the Sunny while it lasts."
"What are you saying, Mister Luffy?" asked Brook.
"We're taking Belle…to the East Blue," Luffy answered.
Silence, but needless to say, everyone was surprised to hear this coming from their leader.
SLAM! Usopp suddenly stood up and slammed his hands on the table.
"You can't be serious!" the sniper shouted.
"Shh!" Nami shushed. "Usopp, not so loud! You'll wake up the kids!"
"Sit down, Usopp," Luffy ordered.
"No, I will not!" Usopp snapped. "How dare you say that-"
"The captain ORDERED you to sit your ass back down, Usopp," Zoro growled.
Reluctant as he was, Usopp couldn't go against captain's orders (not again, anyway), and sat back down in his seat.
"Now, I know what you must be thinking," Luffy started, "but…it's the only thing we can do, now. I had a feeling that somehow…Belle just isn't safe here on the ship, anymore, and after what happened today…I was right."
"So…where are you planning on leaving her?" asked Franky.
"On Dawn Island, where I was born," Luffy answered. "You all know Makino, right?"
"You mean that lady that took care of you for a year after your mother died and before Garp left you in the care of those mountain bandits?" asked Chopper.
"The very same," said Luffy. "Makino's been like a second mother to me. She'll be more than happy to raise Belle for us."
"But…we're not leaving Belle forever…are we?" asked Nami, concerned.
"No, Nami," Luffy answered as he put a hand on hers. "It's not forever. It's only until she's old enough. Maybe at 17 or so."
"Well…alright," Nami said. "I don't like your choice, Luffy…but I do respect it."
"Are we all in agreements, then?" Luffy asked his crew, earning a nod from each of them. "Good. Meeting dismissed."
With that, everyone left the Aquarium Bar to return to their rooms. However, as Zoro was about to head to the men's quarters, he saw, to his surprise, that Hanako is standing by the door, and for some reason, he's looking down at his feet, looking even sadder than he was earlier today.
Zoro heaved a sigh, which caused his son to notice him.
"D-Dad!" he said.
"Hanako," said Zoro. "How much did you hear?"
Hanako gasped silently, but then he looks down, again, chewing his lip. Zoro heaved another sigh.
"You heard everything…didn't you?" the swordsman asked.
Hanako looked up at Zoro again, revealing teary eyes, and he nodded.
"Come here," Zoro beckoned, and the boy embraced his father, arms wrapped tight around his waist as he began to sob. The swordsman hugged his son back.
"Is it true, Dad?" Hanako asked, tearfully. "Does…does Belle really have to go away?"
"I'm sorry, Hanako," Zoro answered, "but…it's for the best."
Hanako sniffles in his father's arms.
"I already miss Belle," he said. "She hasn't even left, yet!"
"I know, Champ," said Zoro. "I miss her, already, too."
Meanwhile, Luffy is standing near the starboard-side railing with a bottle of grog in his hand. GLUG! GURGLE! GLUG! GLUG! He took a nip of the grog.
"You know, Chopper says that you're not supposed to be drinking a lot of booze."
Luffy turned to see Nami approaching him. He sighed and then turned back to the horizon, looking out to the moon.
"I just…I just can't win, Nami," said Luffy. "Every time I try so hard to protect someone I love, the World Government makes another attempt to take them away from me! First Ace, now Belle!"
"Luffy, the World Government only wins if they get Belle, which won't happen," Nami said.
"Nami?" Luffy asked. "Am I a good father?"
"Luffy, of course you are," Nami said. "It's just…come on. No one said being a parent was going to be easy, even for the King of the Pirates."
Another pause, but then, Nami could hear her husband beginning to sniffle, and his body began to quiver.
"Nami…" he said. "I know that…as her family, it's our job to protect Belle. As her father, I know it's MY job! But…why does it make so unhappy?"
"Well, Luffy, maybe it's not about your happiness," Nami said. "Maybe…it's about what's best for Belle."
Luffy sniffles again, and then, he threw the bottle of grog out into the sea before putting a hand over his eyes. Then, he began to sob loudly. All Nami could do was hold her beloved husband from behind.
~One month later~
Luffy sat on the Sunny's nose, staring out towards the horizon with the wind blowing against his face. He took in a deep breath, smiling at the smell of the sea breeze.
Luffy looked back and saw Belle, wearing her lavender kitty cat shirt and aquamarine skirt, a big grin on her face. The only noticeable difference is the vertical scar that went down her left eye: the result of the accident that day. Although Belle's mental scars had gone, that one physical scar remained. Belle didn't seem to mind, however, saying that now, she looked just like Luffy.
"Hey, there, Princess," said Luffy with a smile of greeting.
Belle slid down the figurehead and into her father's lap, making them both laugh.
"So, where in the Grand Line are we going, today?" asked Belle.
"Belle, we are not even IN the Grand Line, anymore," Luffy replied.
"We're not?" asked Belle, bewildered.
"Nope," Luffy answered.
"Well, if we're not in the Grand Line, anymore, then where are we?"
"The East Blue," Luffy replied.
Belle gasped. She had only heard of the East Blue through Nami's stories. She couldn't believe that she had entered the sea where her parents, as well Zoro, Usopp, and Sanji had hailed from!
"Wow~!" Belle said in awe, but then her amazed expression became one of puzzlement. "But, Daddy, wait…how do you know that we're in the East Blue?"
"You really wanna know?" he asked, earning a nod from Belle. "Well, let's see…he should be around here, somewhere."
"'He'?" Belle repeated, questioningly. "'He', who, Daddy?"
Suddenly, RRRRMMMMBB! It seemed like the whole ocean started shaking, startling the crew on board the Sunny, except Luffy, who is still grinning.
"That should be him, now," he said.
Suddenly, BOOSH! Something huge comes bursting out of the water, right next to the ship. Belle gasped in shock, clutching at her dad's shirt, but Luffy remained calm, putting a hand on her head to reassure her that everything was all right.
The thing that came out of the water is revealed to be a huge eel-like monster!
"What's that thing?!" Belle asked.
"That's the Lord of the Coast," Luffy answered. "Don't worry. He's not gonna bother us."
GRROOOOOOOOOO! The Lord of the Coast roared at the ship, prepared to devour her and her crew, but then, it spotted Luffy, sitting on the lion's nose with Belle in his arms.
"Hey, there, pal!" Luffy greeted. "You remember me?"
A pause came. Then, the Lord of the Coast seemed to be sweating profusely, its eyes filled with nervousness as it looked Luffy in the eye.
SPLASH! The beast dove back into the water, causing Luffy to laugh.
"He hasn't changed one bit!" he exclaimed.
"Daddy?" Belle asked. "Do you know that monster?"
"Oh, yeah!" Luffy answered his daughter. "We go way back! I knocked that big guy out with my Gum-Gum Pistol when I was first setting out!"
"Wow!" Belle said, eyes twinkling in amazement. "With just one punch?! Daddy, you're awesome!"
Luffy chuckled and rubbed his finger under his nose.
"Anyway," he said, "if he's here, then that can only mean one thing."
Looking up, the Pirate King saw that an island had come into view. His smile grew a bit wider.
"Hey! An island!" Belle said, ecstatically. "There's an island, Daddy!"
"That's not just any island, Belle," said Luffy. "That's Dawn Island…where I was born."
Belle gasped, again.
"You were born here?" she asked.
"That's right," said Luffy. "This is where I first began my journey to become the King of the Pirates."
Belle beamed at the island as they drew closer and many questions began to fill her head. What was it like living here for her father? Were the people nice? Was there lots of good food to eat?!
Luffy, on the other hand, seemed to frown before he pulled his daughter into a tight embrace.
"Ugh…" Belle gagged, a little. "Daddy…what are you doing?"
"Just…showing you how much I love ya," Luffy answered.
Belle seemed a bit puzzled, at first, but then, she smiled and hugged her dad, back…totally unaware of why they had come here in the first place.
However, Luffy wasn't the only one who wasn't happy about this
The 12-year-old Hanako sat in his bedroom, hugging his legs close to his chest, hiding his face in his knees.
Knock-knock! He lifted his head up when he heard a knock on the door.
"Hanako! It's me! Get ready, son, we're approaching an island!"
"Go away, Mom," Hanako said.
A pause, but then, SWIP! Robin appeared from the floor and approached her son.
"Hanako," she said as she sat down next to him and pulled him into a gentle, loving hug. "I know you're upset, knowing that Belle won't be staying with us, anymore…but it's not forever. When Belle is old enough, we'll take her back with us."
"But I never wanted her to leave in the first place," said Hanako. "Mom…why did this have to happen?"
"I can't answer that, Hanako," said Robin. "All I know is…that things won't always go the way we planned."
Hanako sighed as he rested his head against his mother's bosom, a lone tear falling from his eye.
It was probably about 20 or 30 minutes later that the Straw Hats docked at the port of Windmill Village, and almost instantaneously, Luffy and crew were greeted by the captain's old friends and neighbors from his childhood.
"Luffy! I can't believe it's you!"
"Well, aren't you a sight for sore eyes!"
"Long time, no see, Luffy!"
"Hey, Luffy! Is that your wife? She's a real looker!"
Nami blushed at that one.
Meanwhile, Belle was already up ahead of the grownups, looking around, excitedly. The people were so nice and greeted her with such politeness…but it was probably mostly because she was Luffy's daughter.
Not too far behind her, Hanako followed, still quite bereft. However, he decided that he would make this one last moment with Belle count.
"Belle," said Hanako.
"Yeah?" Belle asked as she turned to face her best friend.
"I just wanna say…I'm really glad I met you," he said. "You're a really great friend. Actually, you're more than that. You're like the little sister I never had."
"Aww, gee," Belle said, blushing and scratching the back of her head. "Thanks, Hanako. To be honest…I always thought of you as my big brother."
With that, Belle went on ahead of everyone else, but she couldn't help but wonder why Hanako would say something like that, out of the blue. She decided that she'd think about it, later. Right now, something she found rather interesting caught her eye.
Belle had just spotted a tavern. Not just any tavern: The Party's Bar, Luffy and Shanks's old hangout. Thanks to some donations provided by Luffy, the old pub had now become a three-floor building, and it seemed livelier than ever!
Belle's nose picked up the scent of something delicious, and it smelled like it was coming from inside.
"I think I smell soup in there!" Belle said as she ran inside. Once she entered, her ears are soon met with the noises of a usual bar: people chattering, drinking, eating, and laughing. It reminded her of the bars she used to go with Luffy in the Grand Line, and how her father would punch out anyone who was out to do her harm.
Nami would always beat him up for even taking her in the first place.
Belle followed her nose to the counter of the bar, and, with some effort, managed to climb into one of the chairs.
"Hello, little one! Can I help you?
Belle turned and saw a woman approaching her. She had dark green hair with a streak gray in it, which was wrapped up in a light blue kerchief. She also wore a mauve blouse and an indigo skirt around her waist that reached down to her ankles. Judging by the color of her hair, as her slightly wrinkly appearance, Belle estimated that this woman was middle-aged.
"Hi!" Belle greeted the woman. "I smelled something yummy in here, so I came to see what it was!"
"Oh, you must be talking about my beef soup," said the woman. "I just made some not too long ago. Would you like some?"
"Yes, please!" Belle said, eagerly.
The woman smiled at Belle before she went to go make a bowl of soup for her.
"You know something?" she asked as she ladled the soup into a bowl. "You remind me of somebody. Somebody I knew since he was a little boy."
"Was he a friend of yours?" asked Belle.
"Well, you could say that," said the woman as she set the bowl in front of the child. "He's all grown up, now. By the way, what's your name?"
"I'm Belle!" Belle introduced herself as she prepared to eat the soup.
"Belle…such a pretty name," said the woman. "By the way, you plan to pay for this soup, don't you?"
Belle froze just when the spoonful of soup was about to meet her lips.
"Oh," she said. "I-I don't really have any money."
Suddenly, Chink! Someone appeared beside Belle and place two gold coins on the counter.
"Actually, I'm treating her," said Luffy. "This should cover it, right?"
The woman gasped, and everyone in the room went quiet.
"Hi, Makino," Luffy greeted his adopted mother.
"Oh…oh, Luffy!" Makino said as she tearfully embrace Luffy. "It's you! I can't believe it!"
Soon, the whole room was flooded with cheers.
"It's good to see you, too, Makino," said Luffy as he returned her embrace.
"Look at you!" Makino exclaimed as she pulled away. "You've gotten so big!"
"Yeah, I know," said Luffy, sheepishly brushing the back of his head. "Oh! Makino, this is my daughter, Belle!"
"Oh! I thought she looked familiar!" Makino said. "You sent me her baby picture in that letter, seven years ago!" She then glanced behind Luffy and saw the rest of the Straw Hats. "Oh! This is your crew, right?"
"That's right," Luffy said. "This is-"
"Oh, Luffy, you don't have to tell me their names," said Makino. "I know who your friends. Let me see, now. This is Zoro, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky, Blizzard, Brook…oh, and Hanako, of course!" She then walked up to Nami. "And this is Nami. Luffy, you were right. She's very beautiful!"
"Oh, well, uh…" Nami said, blushing. "I'm sure my husband's told you a lot about me."
"Are you kidding?" Makino asked. "You're all he talks about in his letters!"
Nami and Luffy both laughed at that.
"Uh, Makino," said Luffy. "Listen, it is REALLY good to see you again, after all this time, but my crew and I can't stay long."
"What?!" Makino questioned. "But Luffy, you just got here!"
"I-I know," Luffy said. "But the thing is-"
GRRUUUUUUUMMBLE~~! The Pirate King's stomach roared, viciously, causing him to chuckle, sheepishly. Belle giggled.
"Daddy sounds hungry," she said.
"Some things never change," Makino mused. "Come on, Luffy. I'll give you and your friends some soup."
"Oh, Makino, we don't-" Luffy began, but his stomach growled, once more.
"You see?" asked Makino. "Come on, Luffy. It's been years since I last saw you! The least I could do is give you and your crew some food for the road and for right now. After all, you can't be the King of the Pirates on an empty stomach, right?"
"Got a point, there," said Luffy. "Okay, Makino. We can stay for a little while."
"Wonderful!" Makino said. "Come with me. I know a place we can all stay that's a little more quiet so we can do some catching up!"
And so, Makino led the Straw Hats, as well as the children, upstairs, where it would seem a bit more private.
"So…that's why you're here?"
"Yes, Makino. That's it. Plain and simple."
Upstairs, after they had enjoyed their meal, Luffy had finished explaining to Makino why the Straw Hats had come to Dawn Island in the first place. However, Belle didn't happen to hear because she had been distracted by the toy chest in the corner. Apparently, this room once belonged to Makino's son, Akatori, who had gone out to sea a few months ago in search of his father, and maybe make a name for himself along the way, and he was only around Hanako's age. Despite her worry, Makino wished him the best of luck.
"Makino," said Luffy. "I-I know this seems like it's a lot on your plate, right now, what, witch Akatori leaving and all-"
"No, Luffy, no," Makino said. "I'd be honored to take care of Belle for you."
"Thank you, so much," Nami said. "Really, we owe you one, Miss Makino."
"Just 'Makino' is fine," said Makino. "How long are you all going to be gone?"
"At least for about ten years," Luffy answered.
"I see," said Makino. "Well, Luffy, you'll be glad to know that Belle will be in good hands."
Luffy looked over and saw Belle approaching him with a toy boat.
"Look, Daddy!" she said. "I found a toy boat!"
"I can see that, Belle," said Luffy, smiling.
"Belle," Makino said. "Listen, sweetheart. How about you put that away and help me get your things from your daddy's ship?"
"What?" Belle asked. "But why, Miss Makino?"
"Because," Makino began, "we need to get you settled into your new home."
Now Belle felt really confused. Not to mention…a bit scared.
"D…Daddy," she stammered. "What's she talking about?"
Luffy looked away, chewing his lip.
"I thought you knew," Makino said.
"Luffy, I thought you said you told her!" Nami said.
"Uh…well…" Luffy began, getting nervous due to his wife's temper, but then he heaved a deep sigh. "All right, I confess…I meant to tell her, but…"
"But what?" asked Nami, getting angrier by the second.
"I…I didn't have the heart," Luffy answered, sadly.
"Daddy…" Belle called to him. "W-what's going on?"
Luffy got down on one knee and placed a hand on Belle's shoulder.
"Belle," he said. "I'm sorry, but…we didn't come here to explore a new island. We came because…we're going to leave you here, with Miss Makino."
A pause. Belle looked up at her father, her eyes starting to well up with tears.
"No…" she said as she backed away. "No…!"
Belle turned and ran out of the room.
"Belle!" Luffy called after her. "Belle, wait!"
"Belle, come back!" Hanako cried.
Nami was about to go after her, but Luffy grabbed her and put himself before her.
"No, no, Nami!" he said. "This is my fault! I have to fix this!"
With that, Luffy gave chase after his daughter, who ran out of the bar, towards the outskirts of the village…and up the hill that led to Mt. Colbo. Luffy felt a sense of dread going down his spine. If Belle went up there…then who knows what kind of predators could go after her!
Dammit, all! Luffy thought as he ran after her.
Hopefully, Belle might have calmed down enough to listen to reason.
Luffy had reach the summit of Mt. Colbo and had been calling for Belle for hours, now. It was nearly sunset, and it would be hard to find Belle when night falls, therefore Luffy had to find her fast.
"Gold Roger's ghost," Luffy grumbled. "How hard can it be to find a seven-year-old girl in a freaking jungle?! BELLE~~! WHERE ARE YOU~~?!"
As Luffy ran through the jungle, he found that he didn't have to search much longer, for he found her…sitting on a cliff, staring into the ocean.
Luffy gasped silently as nostalgia took over and memories of his childhood came flooding back.
A ten-year-old Portgas D. Ace stood next a sniveling seven-year-old Luffy, who is still mourning the death of their brother, Sabo.
"Listen, Luffy," said Ace. "We will both get strong, and once we're both seventeen, we will both become pirates and set sail from this island, living free without regrets. Do you understand?"
"Y…yeah," Luffy said, sniffling.
Luffy smiled and sighed a little.
Sure brings back old memories, he thought before he approached Belle from behind and sat down beside her. She noticed him, but then she looked away.
"Wow," said Luffy. "The sea looks really awesome from here, doesn't it?"
"You know, Belle," said Luffy, "this is where your Uncle Ace and I made our vow to become pirates."
Belle still sat beside him, not speaking a word. Luffy heaved a sigh of frustration.
"Belle, I'm sorry, okay?" he said. "But…I'm not doing this because I want to!"
"…then why are you?" Belle asked, revealing her tear-stained face. "Don't you and Mom love me, anymore, Daddy?"
"Of course, we do!" Luffy answered. "Belle, we're not doing this to get rid of you! It's just…remember when those Marines and when you got your scar?"
Belle nodded in reply.
"Well…after that…I decided I couldn't risk your safety, any longer," said Luffy. "Don't you see, Belle? This is for your own good!"
"Well, what if I don't want my own good?!" Belle asked, angrily. "You're probably getting rid of me because you think I'm weak, don't you, Daddy?!"
"What?! No!" Luffy argued. "Belle, I never said! It's just…" he took a deep breath to calm himself down. "Belle…sometimes…being a parent means you have to do what's best for your kids. Some of those things may break your heart…but it's for the best."
Belle sniffled a little.
"Belle, I'm really sorry," Luffy apologized. "But…I promise, one day, when you're old enough, we'll come back and get you, okay? Then, you'll be sail with us, again!"
Luffy gasped as Belle suddenly stood up and shouted that word at him.
"I…I'll get stronger, by myself!" she said. "I'll become a better pirate than you, Mommy, and everyone else! I'll gather up a crew and they'll be stronger than yours, and I'll become the QUEEN of the Pirates! Just you wait, Daddy!"
Luffy's eyes widened and his jaw dropped, getting a serious sense of déjà vu.
Monkey D. Bellemere, his daughter…had just went and repeated he had said to Shanks when he was her age.
There was a pause, but then, Luffy smiled and chuckled a little.
"Is that so?" he asked. "In that case…"
He removed his treasured straw hat from his head…and placed it on his daughter's crown.
"I want you to hang on to this hat, for me. It means more to me than you'll ever know. Come return it to me, someday…once you've become a great pirate."
Belle sniffled as tears spilled from her eyes, again. Unbeknownst to her, a single tear was flowing down her father's cheek, as well, not just because he was sad to leave her…but also because he was so proud.
After she and Luffy made their walk back down the mountain, it was time for Belle…to say goodbye. There were many tears, especially from Zoro and Sanji, surprisingly.
"Are you crying, Moss-head?"
"Shut up, Dartboard! Like you have room to talk!"
"Oh, what, so you're saying that I should try to hide my emotions, like you?!"
"Are you asking for a fight?!"
"What if I am?!"
"ENOUGH!" Luffy shouted, getting their attention. "You two should be ashamed of yourselves! Is this how you want Belle to remember you? Arguing with each other?!"
Zoro and Sanji lowered their heads in shame.
"That's what I thought," Luffy said.
Hanako walked up to Belle, who looked up to him.
"Belle…are you sure you're gonna be okay?" asked Hanako.
"Yeah…" Belle answered. "I'll train hard so I'll get stronger when I'm older."
Hanako pulled Belle into a hug as his tears fell.
"I'm really gonna miss you," he said. "The Sunny won't be the same."
"I know," Belle said, sniffling.
"We love you, Belle," said Robin.
"And you know that we'll never forget you," Brook added.
"Just like you'll never forget us, right?" asked Chopper.
"Aw, man…!" Franky sobbed. "We're gonna miss ya, kiddo!"
"Yeah," Usopp agreed, also tearful, "but…we know that we'll see you again. We're not really sure when…but we will."
Blizzard whimpered as he affectionately Belle with his nose.
"I'll miss you guys, too," said Belle as she embraced Blizzard's muzzle.
"Now, Belle," said Nami as she knelt down in front of her daughter, just as tearful as everyone else, "you be good for Makino, all right?"
"Yes, Mommy," said Belle as she embraced her mother.
Luffy approached and held her hand out for her before he put something in her palm. It looked like a folded up piece of paper with Luffy's name written on the corner. She unfolded the paper, but saw that aside from the name, it was blank.
"Daddy, this is just a slip of paper with your name written on it," said Belle.
"It's actually more than that Belle," said Luffy. "This is my Vivre Card."
"Vivre Card?" Belle repeated, questioningly.
"That's right," said Luffy. "This paper will bring us together, again, someday. Keep it with you, always."
Belle folded the paper back up and put it in the pocket of her skirt.
"Okay," she said.
"Makino," said Luffy. "Thank you so much."
Makino simply smiled and nodded.
"All right, everybody," said Luffy. "It's time to go."
And so, the Straw Hats prepared to board their ship and set sail. However, before Luffy could also board the ship…
He soon found his leg wrapped in the arms of his daughter.
"Bye, Daddy," Belle said, tearfully.
Luffy knelt down and returned her embrace.
"I love you, Belle," he whispered into her ear. "No matter what anyone says…no matter what you do…you will always be…my little Pirate Princess."
Belle sobbed a little before she pulled away and joined Makino's side, once more.
Luffy, wiping away a few tears of his own, boarded the Thousand Sunny.
"Set sail!" he ordered.
And so, the Thousand Sunny sailed away from Windmill Village's port, leaving Belle and Makino to watch until she was far out of their sight.
Belle was very sad to see her family go, and Makino could tell by the way her tears would not stop falling.
"Belle," said Makino. "I know this place isn't really your home and you want to be with your mom and dad…but you'll see. You'll get used to things around here. I promise."
Belle nodded and sniffled, but that's when she remembered that she, too, had made a promise. She took her father's hat off of her head and looked at it. Then, with a look of seriousness, she placed it back on her crown and stood up, straight, tall, and proudly.
Starting tomorrow…she had some serious training to do.
~Ten years later~
"Well…this is it, then."
"Yes. Time sure flies, doesn't it?"
"Yeah, I'll say."
At Windmill Village's port, there is a 17-year-old girl sitting in a dinghy. She has long black hair and tawny brown eyes, the left of which is scarred, but only on the eyelids. She wears a violet shirt with the word "LOVE" written in big, golden yellow letters that only reached down below her ribs, revealing her stomach, and pair of yellow-green that hugged her waist, and around her wrists are a pair of red arm bracers, the kinds that boxers or bare-knuckle brawlers would wear.
"Are you sure you're going to be all right, Belle?" asked Makino.
"Yeah," added the fish monger. "Are you sure you don't need anything else?"
"I'll be fine, everybody!" a now 17-year-old Monkey D. Belle said as she stood up in the boat. "After all, I am my father's daughter! Plus, I've got Nila with me!" She turned to a cheetah wearing a red collar around her neck with a bell attached. "Right, Nila?" she asked as she pet her.
Nyaaaaa~! The cheetah meowed.
This cheetah is Nila, Belle's pet and best friend. 5 years ago, while she was busy training in the jungle, Belle found Nila as a cub, abandoned by her mother. She and Makino nurse her back to full health, and, at first, Makino was going to have Belle release her back into the wild, but after she saw how happy the big cat made her happy, she decided to let her keep her. Belle and Nila have been together ever since.
"Thanks for everything you've done for me, everybody," Belle said. "Especially you, Miss Makino!"
"Oh, Belle," said Makino. "You know that your father was my friend. It was the least I could do for both him and you, too."
Belle smiled a toothy grin similar to another certain D carrier.
"Good luck, Belle," Makino said.
"If you find your old man out there, tell him we said hi, will ya?" asked one of the villagers.
"I'll be sure to do that," Belle said. "Thanks, again, everyone!"
Belle pulled off the rope that tied her dinghy to the pier, which caused her boat to drift away with the tide.
"Goodbye~!" she called as she waved after everyone.
"Bye~!" the villagers called and waved back.
"Have fun out there!" Makino called. "And be careful, too!"
"Be sure to eat well!"
"And don't talk to strangers, you hear?!"
"I will!" Belle called.
And so, Belle and Nila sailed on into the East Blue's waters, prepared for whatever adventures they might have along the way.
"Okay, Nila," Belle said to her feline friend. "First thing's first…we have to find ourselves a crew."
Nyaaaaa~! Nila meowed, again.
Belle smiled and stood up in the boat once more.
"Look out, world, 'cause here I come!" she exclaimed. "I'm gonna be…Queen of the Pirates!"
TO BE CONTINUED…
Hooray! It's here! My fan-sequel! Now, I know what you're thinking. I'd be crazy to upload a new story, but I just HAD to get up, okay?
Also, don't leave any flames or hate, please.