There was a big storm raging in the new world, and it was threatening to tip the proud ship of the sunny over as that ship was caught right in the centrum of the biggest storm the crew of the straw-hats had encountered... So far this month.
The Sunny was a strong proud ship, but the thing was, that in the new world a storm wasn't just a storm, it could be so much more, wind directions changing within the second, rain-drops as big as buckets of water, hails as big as cannon balls, winds of oceanic strengths, and the waves way taler than their little ship.
"USOPP! YOU HAVE TO TURN THE SAILS TO STARBOARD!" Nami yelled as loud as she could from the deck upwards.
"BUT THAT'S WHERE I JUST MOVED THEM FROM!" Usopp hissed as he crawled around in the mast, where the sails had to be moved manually due to the wind playing the way it did.
"BACK THEN THE WIND CAME FROM ANOTHER SIDE!" Nami exclaimed. "MOVE IT IF YOU DON'T WANT HER TO RIP!"
"Yosh." Usopp hissed. "ZORO! LUFFY! BROOK! YOU HEARD HER! BACK WITH THE SAIL FROM WHERE IT CAME!" A collective groan sounded from his team of sail workers in the mast.
Deep below them, Franky was steering the helm as good as he could, his robotic strength making sure the helm wouldn't just slip away from him.
Sanji was running back and ford, pouring out water with big buckets before they could make any damage to the ship, and so did Chopper, ready to help Franky if he needed it.
Robin was tied to the railing keeping out a watch-full eye, ready to pull any-one onboard with her powers should they fall off, and then in the middle of it all was the person gluing it all together; Nami, constantly measuring the weather, barking out new instructions every second to all of them.
Usopp hissed as he with his team tied up the sails as promised, so much had happened since he left his island so long ago, back then he would probably just have been clinging to the mast screaming in terror over a storm much smaller than this, leaving it up to Merry to take the damage for them, back then they had all lacked a deep knowledge of how to minimize the damages doing a storm.. Also he would have been genuinely terrified.
Two years on a island constantly trying to kill him had taught Usopp that there was a time to be terrified, and a time when being terrified would just be an distraction for what he had to do. And right now, Usopp had to protect his ship in a way he was incapable of back when it was Merry under his protection. "WHAT NOW!?" Usopp asked in a yell.
"NOTHING! IT'S FINE FOR NOW!" Nami yelled up to them.
"Oh great." Usopp mumbled, now having the time to be terrified when there was nothing to do, he dropped down and clinged to the mast beneath him. "We are all going to die aren't we?" he asked, just for a massive hail to fall down only a millimetre away from his left shoulder. "YAAOOH!" Usopp screamed in terror jumping up.
Zoro rolled his eyes. "Some big man of the sea." He mumbled sarcastically.
Usopp turned to look sarcastically at Zoro. "Better man of the sea than you, without me, Nami and Franky you would all be lost on a boat." He pointed out, making Zoro snort. Then Usopp's eyes returned to deck where he searched for the others, before his eyes suddenly widened. "NAMI!" Usopp exclaimed.
"What?" Nami asked looking up.
"NAMI LOOK!" Usopp exclaimed. "ROBIN!" he pointed.
"Huh?" Nami turned around and them screamed, by the sight of Robin whom laid unconscious up against the railing she had been tied to, beside her was one of those huge hails, obvious having hit her unconsious. "ARRGH!" Nami screamed. "ROBIN! ROBIN!" She shook the knocked out archeologist by the shoulders trying to wake her up.
Frantically Usopp's eyes searched the rest of the crew to see if they were all-right.. Franky, Sanji.. Chopper. All-right they were all fine running around down there! But suddenly it happened, and Usopp saw Chopper slip on the wet deck and skit all the way to the reiling.
"Chopper!" Usopp hissed as he saw what happened in front of him, he didn't think, he didn't look ahead, there was times where you had the time to be scared, and times where you just didn't have time to think! Hnd now, Usopp just reacted. He knew that if that little reindeer fell over-board it would be over for the doctor, not only would his tiny body have a difficult time handling the big waves, but he was also a devil fruit user! He would sink instantly!
Immediately Usopp grabbed for a rope and without thinking jumped down from the mast holding nothing but that one rope as he swung down, but it was to late, Chopper had all-ready been thrown overboard and was now high up in mid-air, on the wrong side of the reiling.
Usopp hissed as he let go of his rope and thrust himself after Chopper and grabbed the little reindeer in the air.
"Usopp?" Chopper asked looking up.
But Usopp didn't answer, instead he concentrated all of his strength on throwing Chopper back on the ship, before he himself fell.. and he did, fell down and hit the ice cold waves.
"USOPP!" Chopper screamed changing to heavy point running for the railing looking down. "USOPP!" he exclaimed putting one food over the reiling ready to safe his comrade.
"CHOPPER NO!" Nami exclaimed holding him back. "YOU CAN'T SWIM!"
"BUT USOPP!" Chopper exclaimed. "he he.." the reindeer sniffed as tears fell down his eyes. "He saved me!"
"Damn it! I can't see him!" Sanji hissed also searching the waves with his eyes.
"NAMI!" Luffy yelled from above.
"What!?" Nami yelled looking up.
"THE SAILS!" Luffy exclaimed. "THEY ARE RIPPING AGAIN! WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO!?" he asked.
"LUFFY HOW CAN YOU BE THINKING ABOUT THAT!? USOPP JUST FELL OVER-BOARD!" Nami exclaimed.
"I KNOW, I SAW IT!" Luffy responded. "BUT SUNNY HAS TO BE STABLE OR IT'S ALL OF US FALLING! THERE ARE FOUR DEVIL USERS ON THIS SHIP, SO WHAT DO I DO!?" he asked.
Nami bit together as he hissed. "ALL-RIGHT! YOU GOT TO LISTEN CLOSELY NOW LUFFY!" she demanded, and continued as she had to at this time, they all had to, they couldn't just stop in the middle of a storm. There was a time to panic and a time where none of them could afford to panic, and right in that moment, it was moment where they simply couldn't afford it, no matter how much they all wanted to.