The Moby Dick had docked in an island which was strange for them to do. WhiteBeard himself had insisted that they must dock here, even though they usually spent the majority of their time drifting in the wide ocean. It was in the middle of the night and they had been here waiting since morning. Everyone was getting fed up, however, WhiteBeard reassured them by telling them that they needed to have patience. Finally, they heard the sound of heels clicking on the cold, wet pier and they all fell silent. The woman who boarded their ship had dark hair styled into a fringe and wore a purple crop top that exposed much of her cleavage. This was paired with a mini-skirt that hung dangerously low on her waist and purple boots.
"Sorry, WhiteBeard, for being late. I had...business to attend to." the woman said as she ignored all the stares and headed towards WhiteBeard.
"Gurararararara! No need to be formal, Nico Robin. You're my daughter now. Welcome to the family." the gruff pirate captain said with a hearty laugh.
"Right." Robin responded while forcing a smile. "A family of good-for-nothings. I'll fit right in." Turning to the rest of the crew, she said sarcastically, "Pick your jaws off the floor and introduce yourselves. How rude."
"Oh! Sorry! My name is Portgas D. Ace and-" Ace began to say.
Poking her finger at his chest, Robin interrupted, "I know who you are, Flame-kun. I'm pretty sure everyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows who you are."
"Then perhaps you've heard of me, Marco The Phoenix!" the exuberant blond said enthusiastically. He utilized his abilities and flew around the ship in a stunning blue, fiery display, before landing in front of her.
Robin stared at him for quite some time while gathering her thoughts, and blinked a few times before clearing her throat and saying, "No, actually I don't know who you are. But that was a fine display." Seeing his defeated expression, Robin giggled, "It was a joke."
"Aren't you gonna tell us what you're wanted for? I mean, for pops to take you under his wing, you have to be in deep trouble with Government." Teach asked. Robin's playful expression vanished and her eyes darkened. She didn't like this guy's aura; something just didn't sit right with her. Robin ultimately decided to not answer that question. She fixed her gaze onto him and eventually said, "Oh? Don't you want to pose that question a little differently? You might hurt my feelings."
"I apologize if I went too far, but as nakama we should know more about our crew mates." Teach replied. "Especially on this ship. We're family. If you think we're gonna turn you in to the Marines, you've got another thing coming. I understand if you're distrusting of us, but give us a chance."
Robin's eyes were obscured from view her hat as she said, "Try trusting people when you've been betrayed your whole life." And with that, she walked as far away from the crew as she could and went to one of the side railings. She forced herself to block out all thoughts from her past and focus on the calm ocean, but to no avail. Robin couldn't do that, the memories were too vivid as if they happened yesterday. What she was thinking when she decided to join this crew, Robin had no clue. Everyone on this ship was so-
"Hey." Ace said interrupting her thoughts. "Sorry if Teach was being too direct and I-"
"Oh?" Robin said as a smile slowly appeared on her lips. "Flame-kun came to check on me? How kind of you. But, I'm alright, however, I would keep an eye on that Teach character. There's a reason why I didn't tell him my past, you know."
"Huh? Why not?" Ace asked with a perplexed expression.
"Because I don't want to be the target of one of his dastardly plans. He might just turn in one of his own crew mates to the Government to achieve his goals and I don't want to be that person. He'd most likely go after the person with great notoriety or a great bounty. I'd be wary around that one if I were you, Ace." Robin answered using his actual name for the first time.
"Zehahahahaha!" Teach laughed while approaching the two. "Already warming up to our new lady friend, eh Ace? She is quite the looker."
"What?! It's not like that! I was only showing proper manners to a fellow crewmate!" Ace protested.
"So," Teach said to Robin. "When are you gonna tell us about your past?"
The dark-haired archaeologist shot him an annoyed look and replied, "I'd rather not. Besides, it's getting late. I'm going to sleep pretty soon anyways. That reminds me, where is my room?"
"You're under the 2nd Division along with Teach. I'm the commander of that division, so I'll show you where it is." Ace said.
"Sounds good to me." Robin replied.
The next morning, The WhiteBeard Pirates had finally set sail and were leaving the island. Everyone was out on the deck save for Robin who was exploring their massive library.
"Well, let's not waste time." WhiteBeard started. "We all know that Robin doesn't trust us. But she has a soft spot for Ace. I wonder why."
"Maybe we could throw her a welcoming party. That'll get her to open up." Thatch suggested. "Nobody's ever turned my food down."
"Um..how are we gonna set up a party while she's on the ship? Isn't it supposed to be a surprise?" Ace asked.
"Returning to what pops said, the answer is plain and simple." Marco said. "You'll just have to keep her busy."
"Keep who busy?" Robin asked as she left the library and walked unto the deck. She searched the crowd for answers, but they all seemingly went about their business as if nothing out of the ordinary was going on. Sighing, she was about to go back inside until she heard someone yell her name.
"Robin!" Ace called. "Want to see something cool?"
"Sure. Why not?"
"Great!" he said while grabbing her hand and leading her away from the crew. As they were walking away from them, Ace could have sworn he heard snickering and giggling. He tried to ignore it until Robin said, "You don't have to hold my hand."
Ace immediately dropped her hand and apologized, but Robin grabbed his hand again and said, "I was kidding. Your hand is very warm, Ace."
He widened his eyes in shock and turned around to look at her. Onyx eyes met dark-blue eyes and for a moment, it got very awkward. Robin's face was the first to turn a bit pink and she averted her eyes from his gaze. They stood there in that inconvenient situation for a few minutes until Robin broke the silence.
"Sorry." She mumbled and dropped his hand, while retreating back into the library. Once inside the warm confines of the library, Robin placed her hand on her chest to feel her pulsating heart. It was beating fast and Robin could guess why. However, she squashed the idea as soon as it surfaced and thought, I only joined this crew for protection from the World Government and to continue my research. This is merely a stepping stone that will get me closer to the Poneglyphs. So why am I..?
Robin decided to distract herself from her thoughts and began to search the shelves for a book to read. Her slender fingers stopped on a book that was titled, D. She was immediately reminded of the kind giant who was her only friend on Ohara and of a certain 'D' who was the commander of the 2nd division. Intrigued, she took it off the shelf and examined the cover. It was extremely worn out and the leather covering threatened to turn to dust if it wasn't handled gently. The D on the front cover was inscribed with beautiful gold lettering as well as the author's name. Robin almost dropped the book as if it was hot to the touch once she read the author's name, Nico Olvia.
"Hey, why'd you run away from me?"
Robin turned around abruptly and said to Ace, "Why? Because it was embarrassing."
"How?" Ace asked.
"Are you that dense?" Robin asked playfully as she rapped his forehead with her knuckles. "We were holding hands. Since I am the only female here, it doesn't get much more awkward than that."
"Yeah. You're probably right about that one." Ace agreed. Noticing the book in her hand, he asked, "What's that?"
"It's a book." Robin said sarcastically. "Haven't you ever seen one? I hear they have lots of information."
"No, I mean, what's it about?"
Opening the book, Robin read the first paragraph to him. "A lost kingdom. One that was desecrated by the rival kingdom of the people that now call themselves the World Nobles. Yes, the lost kingdom belonged to the D's, a benevolent people who were quite powerful. I have also found out that Ohara was a neighboring kingdom that seldom got itself into foreign affairs. Hence, it was not destroyed during that time. I am taking a great risk by writing this;I hope it will reach the hands of my daughter. Possessing such information will get me executed without a doubt, so I am placing this under the care of Edward Newgate. Until it reaches my beloved daughter, Nico Robin."
"So you are a descendant of royals, Ace. And so am I. But my question is why the World Government wants to hide that fact." Robin mused.
"Maybe they feared our power." Ace suggested.
"That's true! We're onto something." Robin exclaimed as she took a step closer to him.
"They knew that if they didn't take care of us, we would be dangerous to their society." Ace said as he took a step closer to her.
They kept saying different theories about the idea while getting close to each other until their noses were touching. Neither of them said a word, and simply stared at one another. Suddenly, they heard a loud crash as WhiteBeard burst into the library yelling, "Now kiss!" He used the power of the Gura Gura no mi to slam Robin into Ace, so that their lips locked and sent them plummeting to the ground. Ace was surprised at how soft her lips were and was a bit disappointed when she got up as soon as they hit the ground.
"WhiteBeard?!" Robin said in disbelief. "What was that about?"
"I'm only helping you two. You're just two snot-nosed brats who don't know the first thing about love." WhiteBeard answered.
"Love...? How does that apply to anything? We were researching and found this book that my mother wrote about the lost kingdoms. That's all."
"So you found it, eh? You really are Olvia's girl." WhiteBeard said. He then turned to Ace and said, "She's a catch alright. Aren't you glad she's in your division?"
"Yeah. That kiss was pretty nice." Ace said with a grin.
Robin's face turned red as she mumbled, "Whatever."
"Gurarararara! Ace, look, you can turn this femme fatale into a shy schoolgirl! Gurarararara! How interesting!"
"I'm not a shy schoolgirl. And I'll prove it." Robin said as she slid her fingers around Ace's neck to bring his face towards hers and kissed him until she felt that she had no more oxygen left and broke the kiss. "How was that?" Robin asked in a sultry voice.
"I'd like another one." Ace flirted.
"Too bad. I've got research to do." Robin said as she pushed him away and picked up 'D'. As she walked out of the library, she turned around and winked at Ace, not knowing that Teach was in the library too and had watched the whole thing. He was angry that they had kissed twice and that WhiteBeard openly supported their relationship. He promised himself that he would get revenge as he seethed.