Hey there! This is my first solely One Piece multi-chapter fic, and also first shipping fic. Its been a pretty long time coming, but I'm finally getting around to posting it. GETSUTide readers, I will be updating that sometime soon as well, once I have chapter one for this out. I will be posting this on tumblr as well (I'm nipple-lights), and I'll have chapter one out within the week. This fic is a big step for me though. Enjoy!


After the Rain

Prologue – Humble Beginnings

He was fourteen years old when he first noticed her.

The little girl on the wanted poster seemed so small and innocent, barely capable of the mass destruction for which the World Government had labelled her such a threat. Hence, the young Franky felt ever-so-slightly sceptical over these accusations. Nonetheless, it seemed as though the girl was a threat to whatever Tom-san had been protecting for so many years, and misjudging her according to her young appearance would be a foolish risk Franky was not about to take. But there was something about that girl's deep dark eyes. Eyes that the government may have had him believe were the eyes of a killer, but eyes he himself could not help but detect a ray of sadness from within. Whichever the case there was definitely a story behind those eyes, one Franky figured would forever remain a mystery, and probably would not have a happy ending. He felt a small ounce of pity for the girl. She was out there all alone, so young, with no one to protect her from the world…

Franky quickly dismissed these thoughts; the girl was labelled as a villain after all. He hurriedly downed the last of his breakfast and set out for the shipyard before Tom-san or Bakaberg could scold him for dawdling—it was the rainiest day of the year thus far and the Aqua Laguna was due within the week. Besides, it wasn't like he and the girl would ever actually meet, much less form any sort of relationship. It would be best to keep her out of his mind. But life, as he would later find, often worked out in the most unexpected of ways…